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FBI Issues Warning for K–12 Schools on Student Data Privacy

EdTech Magazine

FBI Issues Warning for K–12 Schools on Student Data Privacy. However, in exchange, education technology companies may have access to student information including biometrics, personal identifiable information and students’ geolocation. .

What Happens to Student Data Privacy When Chinese Firms Acquire U.S. Edtech Companies?

Edsurge

Between the creation of a social rating system and street cameras with facial recognition capabilities, technology reports coming out of China have raised serious concerns for privacy advocates. These concerns are only heightened as Chinese investors turn their attention to the United States education technology space acquiring companies with millions of public school users. companies seeking to expand overseas.

6 things schools can do to ensure student data privacy

eSchool News

Student data privacy is quite a different topic from the headlines most people read concerning data breaches. Student data privacy concerns, specifically, center on the misuse of personally identifiable information, known by its acronym PII.

Four Student Data Privacy Issues Adults Should Be Aware Of

MindShift

Several efforts in Washington are converging on the sensitive question of how best to safeguard the information software programs are gathering on students. A proposed Student Digital Privacy and Parental Rights Act of 2015 is circulating in draft form. LA Johnson/NPR.

The Challenges of Easy Data Access

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Tactical student data privacy questions like “What can I do right now?” should be asked by all CIO’s, teachers, administrators and policymakers in this changing landscape of data access, student privacy and interoperability.

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How Districts Can Unlock Actionable Data

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School districts are struggling with the fact that 70% of purchased licenses for edtech programs don’t get used at all within the school year and only 10% of teachers know how often students should use edtech programs to drive learning outcomes. Data Analytics. Data Privacy.

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How K–12 Schools Can Balance Privacy and Security Protocols

EdTech Magazine

How K–12 Schools Can Balance Privacy and Security Protocols. As technology becomes more ubiquitous, schools must balance student access with student privacy laws. . Educators Should Take Responsibility for Student Data Privacy.

Education Technology and Data Insecurity

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Pokémon Go, a free augmented reality game developed by Niantic (a company spun out of Google in 2015), became the most popular mobile game in US history this year. Always eager to associate itself with the latest tech craze, education technology embraced Pokémon Go with great gusto: “ Why Pokemon Go shows the future of learning gamification.” Many students cannot afford the heavy data usage required by geofencing apps, for starters. Is all that data secure?

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Educators Discuss Keeping Student Data Safe

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There’s perhaps no other edtech topic discussed more these days than student data privacy. “Every part of our organization has some connection with technology,” he said. “The issue around security and privacy is not new.

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How can schools protect student data without training teachers in privacy basics?

The Hechinger Report

Every few months in Raytown, there’s a new silly video with the serious purpose of safeguarding student information. Privacy and data-security themes are also woven into Raytown’s professional development workshops, curriculum planning sessions and even parent-teacher conferences. “It’s

The Tech Industry is Hijacking School Data. But Decentralized Systems Can Change That.

Edsurge

Since last fall they’ve already submitted digital data about their demographics, household income, ethnicity and legal status, food intolerances, medical profiles, grades and socio-emotional skills. Every activity on computers and the software applications they use in class further generates data about them everyday. That’s a huge and sensitive trove of data collected in just five months—data that has gone to parties unknown to me and out of my control.

Safety First

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Whether virtual or physical, the safety of students is every educator’s first priority. Just as we wouldn’t let a live spark go untended, so we need to take sensible steps to guard sensitive information—our own and our students’—online.

Are Schools Helpless, Hapless When it Comes to IT Privacy and Security?

Doug Levin

Advocates would have us believe that school districts are incapable of making responsible decisions about technology-related privacy and security issues affecting students. Of course, issues of privacy and security are related, but not the same. Blog Privacy Security

Pursuing Academic Freedom and Data Privacy Is a Balancing Act

Edsurge

Last week undergraduates at Harvard University raised concerns about the institution handing over their data to an anti-affirmative action group as part of a lawsuit. Protecting student information is increasingly challenging in an era when learners leave digital footprints of nearly all of their academic and extracurricular pursuits. Universities need to provide students the freedom to explore ideas without the concern that they’re being monitored.

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CoSN 2018 Annual Conference and Global Symposium

eSchool News

Starting with an international focus, CoSN/UNESCO Global Symposium will highlight the essential digital-citizenship skills needed by students to be successful in today’s global environment. To what extent is technology providing new challenges to digital citizenship?

Trump's Edtech Agenda Should Address Effectiveness, Equity, and Equilibrium in Higher Ed

Edsurge

education technology agenda. Promoting the use of education technology should not go without also working to abate the age-old concerns about efficacy and equity. Criticisms about education technologies have existed perhaps just as long as the technologies themselves have been around. The technology has changed over the years. However, the questions have largely stayed the same: Do technologies ensure quality learning and positive student outcomes?

Get to the root of the edtech issues with three key questions

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Mention edtech, and the first thought that usually comes to mind is collecting data to evaluate students’ progress. Starting from the early days of online education tools, teachers have been downloading their favorites and sharing them with students.

From High School to Harvard, Students Urge for Clarity on Privacy Rights

Edsurge

What rights do parents, students and teachers have in an educational system increasingly awash in data and technology? That’s one of the underpinning questions behind a campaign launched in March by Providence, Rhode Island’s student union which called for a “ Student Bill of Rights ” that included (amongst other demands) the right to data privacy. The degree of privacy a student gets should not be dependent on that student’s socioeconomic status.

Common (and Avoidable) Legal Pitfalls for Coding Bootcamps and Alternative Education Providers

Edsurge

Failure to obtain a required license or exemption can result in fines or a cease-and-desist order, which could prevent a school from enrolling students or collecting tuition. And, for online providers, “operating” a state may simply mean enrolling a student who resides there. But you—and your marketing team—need to know the basic rules and get advice to avoid student complaints and regulatory scrutiny before they arise. Data security should be one from the start.

A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 17 Edition)

Doug Levin

Absent an ethical framework to guide our decisions, I am increasingly of the mind that the answers to the important questions about educational technology are ‘turtles all the way down.’ A day late perhaps, but here’s what caught my eye this past week – news, tools, and reports about education, public policy, technology, and innovation – including a little bit about why. And it's up to tech companies to make that clear — not bury it in privacy policies no one reads.

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BloomBoard Appoints New CEO, Restructures Focus Around Micro-Credentials

Edsurge

Some of those teachers spend upwards of 150 hours every year on training sessions, workshops and conferences that sometimes resemble what many students experience in the classroom: listening to a lecture and taking notes. Classroom videos, student work samples and lesson plans are among the materials—which are accessible via the badge—serve as evidence. The idea was that data from the evaluations could help schools find the right resources that each teacher needed.

Executive Briefs

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Highlights from Tech&Learning’s Leadership Letter THE ROLE OF LEADERSHIP IN PROTECTING STUDENT DATA Every school district employee shares responsibility for protecting student data, but a leadership champion is needed to build and sustain a data privacy program.

What’s New

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EDSBY UPDATES ( edsby.com/edsby-k12-dataaggregation-analytics/ ) Edsby announced that it has built sophisticated data aggregation and analysis capabilities that allow states, provinces and countries to optimize their education investments and policies.

Tart Retorts and Tools: Overheard at SXSWedu

Edsurge

In fact, a slight sense of skepticism and reflection hovered in the air, with keynoters and student panelists alike calling upon attendees to separate substance from fluff. For instance, at last year’s conference, only 3 percent of the 350 panels explicitly addressed the role that technology plays in widening or closing the opportunity gap. However, an Amazon spokesperson tells EdSurge, "Amazon remains committed to K-12 education and innovating on behalf of students and teachers.”

OPINION: What’s the high-tech tradeoff for students and teachers?

The Hechinger Report

. When technology is offered to schools free of charge, it always comes with the promise of improving teaching and learning. Research showed that students did not significantly benefit from the news programming, and were more likely to remember the content of commercials than the news.

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A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 16 Edition)

Doug Levin

I’d encourage those interested in the OER movement to subscribe to the bi-weekly OER Digest (a joint project of SPARC and the Student PIRGs ) to stay up to date. In addition, I’ve begun to do some cursory analyses of the data set underlying the map in an attempt to identify patterns that may be useful in responding via policy and practice. The pace of additions should be concerning to anyone who cares about personalized learning and/or student data privacy.

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A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 36 Edition)

Doug Levin

If this doesn’t get you thinking about the security risks of schools collecting and managing sensitive data, I’d submit you may not be paying close enough attention. Otherwise, here’s what caught my eye this past week – news, tools, and reports about education, public policy, technology, and innovation – including a little bit about why. Tagged on: September 7, 2017 When can schools punish students for racist social media posts? teachers and students?

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A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 36 Edition)

Doug Levin

If this doesn’t get you thinking about the security risks of schools collecting and managing sensitive data, I’d submit you may not be paying close enough attention. Otherwise, here’s what caught my eye this past week – news, tools, and reports about education, public policy, technology, and innovation – including a little bit about why. Tagged on: September 7, 2017 When can schools punish students for racist social media posts? teachers and students?

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A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 16 Edition)

Doug Levin

I’d encourage those interested in the OER movement to subscribe to the bi-weekly OER Digest (a joint project of SPARC and the Student PIRGs ) to stay up to date. In addition, I’ve begun to do some cursory analyses of the data set underlying the map in an attempt to identify patterns that may be useful in responding via policy and practice. The pace of additions should be concerning to anyone who cares about personalized learning and/or student data privacy.

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A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 10 Edition)

Doug Levin

Filter bubbles are bad, including in educational technology. Here’s what caught my eye the week of March 6, 2017 – news, tools, and reports about education, public policy, technology, and innovation – including a little bit about why. Tech devices won't fix our education system | Lockport Union Sun & Journal → Former Education Secretary Arne Duncan recently issued a plea for greater student access to high-tech tools. "This

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A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 11 Edition)

Doug Levin

Do you know that feeling when you are told your questions about student privacy are unfounded by a representative of a company that earns 86% of its total revenue from advertising? “I’m slightly wary of building a Google data profile of a young child,” says @ashleyrcarman @verge [link]. Tagged on: March 18, 2017 G Suite for Education Now Open for Personal Google Accounts, Outside Domains | Campus Technology → Raises privacy questions.

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Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles. There’s more Department of Education news – relating to student loans in particular – in “the business of financial aid” section below. Letting the police decide what students should and should not read – totally a sign of a healthy democracy. Via The Atlantic : “Students in Detroit Are Suing the State Because They Weren’t Taught to Read.”

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles. Via KPCC : “ LAUSD may try again to give an iPad or computer to every student.” ” The Orlando Sentinel on what students are learning in some of Florida’s voucher schools : “Private schools’ curriculum downplays slavery, says humans and dinosaurs lived together.” “Apple’s New Focus: Student ID Cards ,” says Inside Higher Ed.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles. Via Forbes : “The Startup President: How France ’s Macron Nearly Built An EdTech Company.” ” Ed-tech: where you don’t need an actual product idea for a company, and you can incubate your neoliberalism anyway. Via EdScoop : “ Google adds new terms to comply with Connecticut student data privacy laws.”

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Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Via Education Week : “ DeVos-Backed Company Makes Questionable Claims on Autism , ADHD.” ” “Betsy DeVos Won’t Shed Stake in Biofeedback Company , Filings Show,” The New York Times reports. Via New America : “Why Does Betsy DeVos think Federal Student Loan Debt has Grown by 1,000 percent?” Via Engadget : “Trump signs executive order stripping non-citizens of privacy rights.” The company has raised $120.5

Privacy Protection and Human Error

Graphite Blog

As part of my work, I spend a fair amount of time reading through the websites of educational technology offerings. As I now knew that the commenter was the principal of a school, it became clear that the subject of the question -- who, remember, was identified by first and last name -- was almost certainly a student at the school. To make matters worse, the principal's question about the student had been responded to by the vendor. Talk to other companies as well.

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Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

” DeVos’s brother, Erik Prince , is the founder of the private military company Blackwater , infamous for its human rights violations, including the murder of 17 Iraqi civilians in 2007 by its employees. As The New York Times notes , “The Detroit , Flint and Grand Rapids school districts have among the nation’s 10 largest shares of students in charters, and the state sends $1 billion in education funding to charters annually. Data, Privacy, and Surveillance.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

“Dean Dad” Matt Reed responds to Senator Alexander’s proposal to limit student loans. ” More on privacy legislation in the “privacy” section below. On Thursday, the judge gave Google the victory , ruling that the company’s use of the Java API fell under fair use provisions. ” “ Drinking milk at school while black: Student arrested for larceny over 65-cent milk and racism.” Education Politics.

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Privacy, Security, and Encryption

Graphite Blog

In conversations about student data privacy, the terms "privacy," "security," and "encryption" are often used interchangeably. Privacy Privacy is arguably the least technical element in this conversation. There are two facets to privacy we will highlight here: It's possible to have great security and bad privacy practices; and we often speak about "privacy" without clarifying "private from whom."

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