TechPilot Labs Earns iKeepSafe COPPA Safe Harbor, FERPA, and California Student Data Privacy Certifications

techlearning

TechPilot’s mobile device management and Chromebook classroom management products have been independently assessed by iKeepSafe

Creating Future Ready Schools and Classrooms

Tom Murray

The heart of the framework is the student – our why – which is surrounded by seven large transformation areas, known as “gears,” all held together by collaborative leadership. The gears of the FRS Framework are as follows: Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment.

How to assess your district’s digital readiness

eSchool News

While there are many free, self-assessments, how do you get a rigorous, outside expert assessment? If this vision gets to the heart of improving outcomes for students, the transformation will be pointed in the right direction.

Educators Discuss Keeping Student Data Safe

Gaggle Speaks

There’s perhaps no other edtech topic discussed more these days than student data privacy. “The issue around security and privacy is not new. “We need to be proactive about what is going on with student data.”

Data 86

Meet Our New Partners: iKeepSafe & the Internet Watch Foundation

Securly

iKeepsafe has also awarded us the California Privacy Badge. About iKeepSafe & the California Privacy Badge. iKeepSafe’s California Privacy Badge is the first independent assessment program specifically tailored to student data privacy legislation, including the Student Online Personal Information Protection Act (SOPIPA ) among others. It’s our way of letting customers know that student data is safe in our hands.

Safety First

techlearning

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.

The top 10 school IT leader concerns

eSchool News

Annual survey outlines broadband, instructional materials, student data privacy as top among school IT leaders’ concerns. also revealed that school IT leaders are spending more time and devoting more resources to student data privacy and security.

OER 81

‘Back to School’ Hijinks and Lessons for the Education Industry

Edsurge

A big deal announced this week was private equity firm KKR’s purchase of a majority stake in Burning Glass , a Boston-based data and analytics platform that serves up insights on changes in the workforce and available jobs. Privacy concerns may hinder efforts to decentralize purchasing.

edWeb and CoSN Partner to Support Superintendents and District Leaders

edWeb.net

The next edWebinars in the series are: Student Data Privacy: A Priority and Essential Commitment on Monday, October 8, 2018 at 5 pm Eastern Time, and Cyber Security: A Critical School District Priority on Monday, November 12, 2018 at 5 pm Eastern Time.

Does Ownership of Instructional Materials Matter?

Doug Levin

There also was only one dominant business model in the market: districts purchased one textbook per subject per grade per student from approved publishers. Nor did a district purchase the right to translate the language of the book into the language spoken by a student and/or their family.

Denver's Parent Portal: Some Lessons on Helping Parents Support Students

Leadership Lounge

With the current emphasis on providing important K-12 student data to educators, the challenge still remains as to how best to share this information with parents and students.

Where Will You Go? Get Global with your Students

EdTechTeam

Both you and your students can develop a better understanding of different perspectives and cultures, improve communication skills, and find ways to have a global impact. In addition, you should plan to prepare your students for online communication with a variety of audiences.

Tear Down That Wall? Why Data Walls May Cause More Harm Than Good.

Edsurge

At Inkster Preparatory Academy outside Detroit, students track their scores on the high-stakes NWEA Map test on the walls of their classrooms. The practice is known as “data walls,” and is designed to serve as a motivational tool. Students are told that “everyone is working to move their number” even higher, says Demetria Tumpkin, a second grade teacher at the school. That allows her to see data trends from one class to another.

Data 128

What’s New

techlearning

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.

Reducing Online Security and Privacy Risk in Your School

edWeb.net

Student privacy and school security are growing concerns in schools that can have consequences from negative media attention to losing parent and student trust. Defining and assessing levels of risk in the school is a crucial part of online security and privacy.

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

edWeb.net

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.

Year in Review: Our Top Edtech Business Stories of 2018

Edsurge

But the edtech industry has hit some bumps along the way, wrestling with collateral concerns from the public spotlight over data privacy and security. A Clever Way to Measure How Students Actually Use Edtech (and Whether It Works). Yet it can be tedious to manually keep track of how students interact with different pieces of software—or whether these tools are even being used. Is Assessment Ready to Move Beyond Standardized Tests?

EdTech 106

Executive Briefs

techlearning

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.

Meet Caliper, the Data Standard That May Help Us (Finally) Measure Edtech Efficacy

Edsurge

This annual event aims to accelerate the development and adoption of data standards that allow technologies used in schools to “talk” to one another. By enabling these connections, IMS, the nonprofit group that organized this event, hopes to create a plug-and play-educational ecosystem where tools can freely and seamlessly share information about student learning that educators can use to drive better learning outcomes. How Caliper Enables a Deeper Level of Data Sharing.

5 ways to give teachers and principals more say in ed-tech buying

eSchool News

A recent Digital Promise report found that, for the most part, teachers and principals play a modest role in needs assessment and procurement, and that district administrators serve as the gatekeepers for school-level technology. Crowdsource needs assessments.

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

The Hechinger Report

Thirty years ago, Channel One offered schools nationwide $30,000 worth of audiovisual equipment at no cost in exchange for requiring students to view a daily current events program during class. Nor are they offered insights into how algorithms that determine student outcomes are created.

OER 57

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

Doug Levin

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 Tagged on: March 10, 2017 As new technology is paramount, Robertson County gives students laptops | WKRN News 2 → "As new technology is paramount," Robertson County gives students laptops - funded through a special resolution (and not the regular budget).

EdTech 163

T&L’S ISTE 2018 BEST OF SHOW AWARDS WINNERS

techlearning

ACER CHROMEBOOK TAB 10 ( WWW.ACER.COM/AC/EN/US/CONTENT/HOME ) The Acer Chromebook Tab 10 will be used in classrooms to expand and enhance student learning. Students rebel by learning the powerful ways authors convey meaning and affect their audience.

Protecting Student Privacy on Social Media: Do's and Don'ts for Teachers

Graphite Blog

Social media is an increasingly important part of students' lives; in fact, the average teen spends over an hour a day using social media. To be true digital citizens, our students need teachers who model pro-social, creative, and responsible social media use. While social media can pose risks to student privacy, these risks can be managed with informed, intentional use. DO: Review the privacy settings on any personal social media accounts.

Sony Vows to Bring “Blockchain” Tech to Education. Will It Take Hold in K-12?

Marketplace K-12

says it has developed a system to bring “blockchain” technology–meant to serve as a decentralized-yet-secure system for transmitting data–to education, as the concept slowly begins to attract attention in the K-12 space. Sony Global Education Inc.

Sony 81

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

” (“…She’s unlikely to encounter local students when she’s there.”). Via NPR : “19 Years After Columbine , Students Walk Out To Stop Gun Violence.” More on NYC , from NY1 : “Student diversity push upsets some parents at UWS school.”

Education Technology and Data Insecurity

Hack Education

Many students cannot afford the heavy data usage required by geofencing apps, for starters. Furthermore, at launch, Pokémon Go demanded users sign over a great deal of personal data and grant permissions to the app that, for a time , gave it access to a user’s entire Google account. Handing over data, often quite thoughtlessly, has become par for the course – in education and in society more generally. To data about students’ immigration status?

Data 62

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

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. Among the larger National Education Association (NEA), which comprises more than 3 million members, more than one in three who voted did so for the billionaire developer, early data show.” “ Will Trump care about student data privacy?

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. “ ACT said Monday that students with disabilities who apply for accommodations on the college entrance exam ‘will soon benefit from a new system that will simplify and speed up the application process,’” Politico reports. Education Politics.

MOOC 60