6 things schools can do to ensure student data privacy

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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

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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 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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Mindful Tracking Cookie Policies Improve K—12 Data Security

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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.

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

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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.

Reducing Online Security and Privacy Risk in Your School

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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.

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

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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. Wyoming Ends Program Supporting Migrant Students | Wyoming Public Media Statewide Network → Farmworker families often have to move from state to state to find work, and that makes school challenging for their kids. Now that very same data could be used to track them down.

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

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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. Wyoming Ends Program Supporting Migrant Students | Wyoming Public Media Statewide Network → Farmworker families often have to move from state to state to find work, and that makes school challenging for their kids. Now that very same data could be used to track them down.

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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 16 Edition)

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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)

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Ever wonder how stories promoted by ‘thought leaders’ on social media get selected? 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 This from the school district that is still reeling from a major student data privacy breach.

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Tart Retorts and Tools: Overheard at SXSWedu

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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. LEAVING THE AMAZON: At last year’s SXSWedu, Amazon’s Education team and the company’s General Manager of K-12 Education, Rohit Agarwal, launched the " Inspire " platform, with promises to support the open education resources space. KIDS SAY THE DARNDEST THINGS about the news, reports Common Sense Media.

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

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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

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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

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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 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.”

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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.”

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. Why collect data?

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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?” was named in an investigation by The Associated Press last year for sharing racially charged content on social media.”

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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. Here’s media reporter Mathew Ingram’s take (and there are lots of takes out there. On Thursday, the judge gave Google the victory , ruling that the company’s use of the Java API fell under fair use provisions. ’ ” Data, Privacy, and Surveillance.

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