Google Joins Ed Tech Giants in Signing Student-Data Privacy Pledge

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Frank Smith President Obama is taking student-data privacy seriously, and companies are taking notice. Big Data Business Intelligence Classroom Internet Online Learning

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.

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. . MORE FROM EDTECH: Check out how data privacy concerns are expanding with education technology use.

Mindful Tracking Cookie Policies Improve K—12 Data Security

EdTech Magazine

Mindful Tracking Cookie Policies Improve K—12 Data Security. Current web browsing policies in K–12 schools may be allowing third parties to collect and sell student data , creating a need for schools to update and maintain safe internet use protocols.

5 Essential Tools for Protecting Student Privacy Online

Fractus Learning

Protecting student privacy and making sure online environments are safe and secure is a very big deal. We have digital landscapes that are constantly evolving and students who are more and more confident exploring online without instruction or supervision. Overview.

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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.

Pursuing Academic Freedom and Data Privacy Is a Balancing Act

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

Doug Levin

Tagged on: May 1, 2017 Google's Chromebook End of Life Policy stops support after 5 years | PCWorld → Planned obsolescence: Google's End of Life Policy sets a schedule for retiring older Chromebooks, but the details are murky. Plus, their servers often have the RDP protocol enabled as students want to access course material from home. And it's up to tech companies to make that clear — not bury it in privacy policies no one reads.

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What’s New

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Tech & Learning Rounds Up a Summary of New Tools for Schools Software & Online GOOGLE FOR EDUCATION UPDATES ( edu.google.com ) Google for Education announced updates and new tools to help teachers keep innovation alive in their classrooms.

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 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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Confronting K-12 Cybersecurity and the End of Innocence

Edsurge

In discussions among educators and entrepreneurs about the importance of student data privacy, issues of information technology security risks and threats are often glossed over. While data breaches and technology vulnerabilities from companies such as. Apple , Equifax , Google , Intel , Uber and even the federal government have been in the news, it has remained an open question as to whether K-12 schools themselves are really at risk.

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

Edsurge

Over 500 education technologists from companies and districts gathered last week in Denver for the IMS Learning Impact meeting , hosted by the IMS Global Consortium. This annual event aims to accelerate the development and adoption of data standards that allow technologies used in schools to “talk” to one another. Today, a teacher can see if a student is not doing an assignment or struggling to complete a worksheet. How Caliper Enables a Deeper Level of Data Sharing.

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.

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Practicing Privacy: Insights from Edtech Lawyer Gretchen Shipley

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2016 has been a busy year for data privacy advocates. University of California, Berkeley students filed suit against Google for illegally scanning their emails. Pokemon Go launched its wildly popular location-based and data-hungry augmented reality game. And at least 14 states have passed student data privacy laws, so far. We asked Shipley how schools can adopt new technology without running afoul of the many state and federal privacy laws.

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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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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 But.truth is, the US government isn't the early adopter here; Amazon, Google and Facebook are really the front-line developers of the surveillance state." This from the school district that is still reeling from a major student data privacy breach.

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Hack Education Weekly News

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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 Hechinger Report : “In 6 states, school districts with the neediest students get less money than the wealthiest.” The company has raised $20.4

Hack Education Weekly News

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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.” Students in Oregon Were Bullied and Forced to Read Bible, Report Says.”

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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.” Via The Atlantic : “The Confusing Information Colleges Provide Students About Financial Aid.” Via Inside Higher Ed : “How Textbook Rentals Undercut Students.”

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. 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.

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” (“…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.”

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Via NPR : “ Hillary Clinton ’s Plan For America’s Students.” Via The Wall Street Journal : “The federal government is pumping $245 million into the creation and expansion of public charter schools across the nation with hopes of helping students in low-income communities.” ” Via the Data Quality Campaign : “ Student Data Privacy Legislation : A Summary of 2016 State Legislation.”

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” Via NPR : “ Graduate Students Across The Country Protest GOP Tax Plan.” ” Via The Washington Post : “ Universities are also to blame for the GOP’s ‘ grad student tax ’ ” That is, writes Yale University’s Sarah Arveson, "Charging us tuition, only to waive it, helps to define us as students instead of the essential workers we are. House Hearing on Algorithms & Big Data : 5 Takeaways for Schools.”

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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

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” 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.

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“Dean Dad” Matt Reed responds to Senator Alexander’s proposal to limit student loans. ” More on privacy legislation in the “privacy” section below. And speaking of copyrighting a language of a warlike people, the Oracle v Google case had its closing arguments this week. On Thursday, the judge gave Google the victory , ruling that the company’s use of the Java API fell under fair use provisions. 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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