Student Data Privacy: What’s Your Obligation?

Tom Murray

For over two centuries, student information and data was kept in paper form, often in filing cabinets in a school or district office. During this time, there was little concern over security breaches, improper data sharing, or student privacy issues. over the past few decades, the vast majority of personal information, for both students and employees, has been digitized. accidentally uploads private data of 12,000 students. ”.

Communicating Student Data Privacy

Tom Murray

In recent years, student data privacy has emerged as a major education issue at federal, state and local levels. Recent news coverage and social media conversations about student data access, especially as it relates to outside service providers, have heightened the public’s overall interest in the use and security of student data. As such, adequately communicating student data privacy policy and practice has been a challenge.

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5 different ways IT directors handle student data privacy

eSchool News

Student data privacy is a hot-button issue. In the last five years, according to Amelia Vance, director of education privacy & policy counsel at the Future of Privacy Forum (FPF), over 600 bills on the topic have been introduced and 125 new laws have passed in about 40 states. Vance encourages district leaders to start by training every person in your district who has access to information about the importance of privacy and protecting that information.

The Keys to Discussing Student Data Privacy

edWeb.net

Despite universal concerns about student data privacy, communicating school policies can quickly overwhelm school leaders. CoSN has stepped in with guidance for superintendents and principals to help them with several aspects of student data privacy, including best practices for informing the community. with an overlay of state and local laws makes understanding privacy regulations difficult at every level of education.

Digital Promise Supports Efforts to Protect Student Data Privacy

Digital Promise

Today the White House announced a new legislative proposal to protect student data privacy. Digital Promise issued the following statement on these new measures: Digital Promise supports the efforts announced today by the White House to protect student data privacy while ensuring all teachers and students have access to the best technologies for improving the opportunity to learn.

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

EdTech Magazine

FBI Issues Warning for K–12 Schools on Student Data Privacy. Schools utilizing education technology may need to double down on cybersecurity as collections of student data become more common targets for cybercriminals, announces the Federal Bureau of Investigations in an alert , Tuesday. 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. There is a concern that data is now a strategic resource, and that acquiring companies for their large data sets could be a means by which China could undermine the strategic influence of the United States.

5 Things Schools Should Do to Help Ensure Student Data Privacy

EmergingEdTech

As we experience this time of increased remote teaching, paying attention to data privacy is more important than ever. Remotely accessing data creates additional opportunities for data theft or. Please click on the post title to continue reading the full post. Thanks (and thanks for subscribing)!]. Administrative Solutions Cyber Safety Awareness and Prevention

Blackbaud signs pledge to respect student data privacy

eSchool News

National pledge outlines expectations to safeguard student data and privacy. Blackbaud has signed the Student Privacy Pledge created by the Future of Privacy Forum (FPF) and the Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA). FPF and SIIA developed the Pledge to safeguard student privacy in the collection, maintenance and use of personal information. Not disclose student information for use in behaviorally targeted advertising. •

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. But some student-privacy advocates are saying it doesn’t go far enough in restricting what private companies can do with student data. I won’t be informed if there’s a data breach.

Data access is easier than ever, but is that a good thing?

eSchool News

Tactical student data privacy questions like “What can I do right now?” should be asked by all CIOs, teachers, administrators, and policymakers in this changing landscape of data access, student privacy, and interoperability. Dr. Fruth suggests that school districts hit the ground running by adding privacy components and security before it becomes a “What should I do right now?” The data balancing act.

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Human-Computer Interaction

CUE

Students were finishing up on the unit about human-computer interactions. In this unit, we explored topics such as who has access to your digital data, who should own it, who should be able to share it, and […]. Inspire data collection digital assistants podcast Student Data PrivacyWhat is Speak Memory? This was an essential question I recently posed to my Exploring Computer Science class.

The Challenges of Easy Data Access

edWeb.net

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. Dr. Fruth suggests that school districts hit the ground running by adding privacy components and security before it becomes a “what should I do right now?” edWeb Blog edtech Student Data student data privacy

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Human-Computer Interaction

CUE

Students were finishing up on the unit about human-computer interactions. In this unit, we explored topics such as who has access to your digital data, who should own it, who should be able to share it, and what do you think about companies such as Google tracking your data. Students shared with me after completing this activity they came away with new perspectives on the topics we discussed in class. What is Speak Memory?

5 things every K-12 employee should do to protect student data

eSchool News

Student data privacy and security are top priorities for edtech leaders. While IT leaders in education have their hands full trying to protect the student information stored and accessed in the software and data systems used by their schools, the actions of other employees throughout the district can support—or undermine—these efforts. Don’t keep or share student data any more than you have to.

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Data access is easier than ever, but is that good?

eSchool News

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

How Districts Can Unlock Actionable Data

edWeb.net

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 empowers school districts to make informed technology decisions that impact student success, Draper explains. Data Privacy.

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Beware: Your SIS might not be protecting student data

eSchool News

When FERPA was signed into law by President Gerald Ford in 1974, “accessibility” meant “the key to the filing cabinet,” and an “information request” was either an in-person conversation or a bundle of paperwork. Efficiency and accessibility are basic expectations, and the amount of red tape required to perform basic duties is shrinking all the time. But how do you balance the need for speed with legal privacy obligations?

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Going on the Offensive: Cyber Security Strategies for Schools

edWeb.net

Do you know where your data is stored? With the increased emphasis on student data privacy, many school leaders might think they have a handle on cyber security. Many schools still rely on the once-a-year cyber security seminar or focus on too narrowly on a specific issue, like not posting student info online. While teachers may complain, having website filters and blocks can decrease the possibility of criminals accessing the schools’ tech through the web.

5 Reasons to Address Cyber Security

edWeb.net

Schools have valuable information to protect for both students and employees. School management needs to take reasonable steps to ensure protection beyond data sharing policies. Lilly explained that his schools, for instance, have frequent administrative access audits to ensure they can’t see information, like social security numbers, they shouldn’t. Professional Reputation: As evidenced by recent incidents, stories about data hacks stay in the news for many cycles.

Best Practices for Ensuring Data Privacy in a Remote Learning Environment

EdTech Magazine

Part of that preparation should involve solutions to protecting student data. . Regional School District, shares tips for maintaining student data privacy as staff and students access software platforms and other digital tools from locations outside the district's networks Today, many school districts are considering or preparing for long-term remote learning in the face of a pandemic.

Best Practices for Ensuring Data Privacy in a Remote Learning Environment

EdTech Magazine

Part of that preparation should involve solutions to protecting student data. . Regional School District, shares tips for maintaining student data privacy as staff and students access software platforms and other digital tools from locations outside the district's networks Today, many school districts are considering or preparing for long-term remote learning in the face of a pandemic.

Best Practices for Ensuring Data Privacy in a Remote Learning Environment

EdTech Magazine

Part of that preparation should involve solutions to protecting student data. . Regional School District, shares tips for maintaining student data privacy as staff and students access software platforms and other digital tools from locations outside the district's networks Today, many school districts are considering or preparing for long-term remote learning in the face of a pandemic.

Best Practices for Ensuring Data Privacy in a Remote Learning Environment

EdTech Magazine

Part of that preparation should involve solutions to protecting student data. . Regional School District, shares tips for maintaining student data privacy as staff and students access software platforms and other digital tools from locations outside the district's networks Today, many school districts are considering or preparing for long-term remote learning in the face of a pandemic.

Best Practices for Ensuring Data Privacy in a Remote Learning Environment

EdTech Magazine

Part of that preparation should involve solutions to protecting student data. . Regional School District, shares tips for maintaining student data privacy as staff and students access software platforms and other digital tools from locations outside the district's networks Today, many school districts are considering or preparing for long-term remote learning in the face of a pandemic.

Micro-credentials and COVID-19: Supporting Professional Learning When Schools are Closed

Digital Promise

When Digital Promise first began building our micro-credential ecosystem more than six years ago, it was with a commitment to equity and access to professional learning opportunities for all educators. We recognize that while educators adapt to new realities, they remain dedicated to their students’ well-being and learning. Educators are searching for helpful resources to support their students as they shift to distance learning while connecting and collaborating with colleagues.

Celebrate graduation virtually

eSchool News

Vidigami is providing the class of 2020 impacted by COVID-19 school closures with free access to its digital experience platform to celebrate graduation virtually. Educators can help build a living media portfolio that is unique for every student, visually documenting a student’s journey to graduation.

How to Manage Student Devices for Remote Learning

Digital Promise

As schools across the country have rapidly shifted to distance learning due to school closures brought about by the coronavirus (COVID-19), students have been sent home with school-issued devices like laptops or tablets so they can continue their learning from home. During this unprecedented time, districts need to have systems in place to manage these devices while students learn remotely for the foreseeable future. Come up with a system for when students report broken devices.

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Lessons and Leadership During the Switch to Online Learning

edWeb.net

During a recent edLeader Panel , sponsored by The ProEthica® Program, the superintendent of one of America’s largest school districts spoke with a former state superintendent and other education leaders about key issues affecting students, parents, and educators, including digital access and equity, online privacy, and funding. While digital access remains an issue, educators and students now engaged in online teaching and learning have new types of issues to contend with.

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. . To offer some insight, the National Cyber Security Alliance offers guidance on using technology that adheres to the requirements of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act. . MORE FROM EDTECH: Check out how data privacy concerns are expanding with education technology use.

Educators Discuss Keeping Student Data Safe

Gaggle Speaks

There’s perhaps no other edtech topic discussed more these days than student data privacy. Because keeping your studentsdata safe is important to everyone here at Gaggle, we decided that our next webcast should focus on what school leaders and edtech companies can do to protect student data. “The issue around security and privacy is not new. “We need to be proactive about what is going on with student data.”

Research Shows the Need for More Support to Protect Privacy and Advance Digital Equity

eSchool News

The Center for Democracy and Technology (CDT) today released a new report — with accompanying survey findings — that reflect the urgent need to provide improved student privacy support to teachers, parents, and students. Building Upon Promising Student Privacy Practices.

Coronavirus FAQ: Everything Schools and Companies Need and Want to Know

Edsurge

Over the past weeks, readers have asked us many questions about the impact of the coronavirus on education in many different areas, from admissions to advice for young children, from salaries to student privacy and whether school closures actually work. Tony Wan, Managing Editor Access and Equity How can we accommodate students who have learning disabilities in online instruction and practice universal design principles?

FETC 2019: Day One

eSchool News

Though I do miss seeing Hawaiian shirts and skateboards at the Surf conference that shared the south side of the Orange County Convention Center, the extra space taken over by FETC makes the conference workshops more accessible, convenient, and right in the heart of the main concourse. Student Data Privacy. A student does not need to be on an IEP or 504 to benefit from assistive technology.

Students Are Online Like Never Before. What Does That Mean for Their Privacy?

Edsurge

Technology is enabling learning like never before, with millions of students attending school remotely for some or all of their regular instruction this fall. With this skyrocketing growth in technology use, however, comes greater concerns around student privacy.