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

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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. They also plan to continue working with advertisers who want to market to teachers and students.

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

A House bill seeks to restrict what private companies can do with information collected on students. [[ This is a content summary only. Digital Tools featured full-image privacy student data systems

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

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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.

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.

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. “The issue around security and privacy is not new. “We need to be proactive about what is going on with student data.”

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Want to Organize Your Digital Assets?

EdNews Daily

Most schools to date have given the task of digital asset tracking to their technical staff to collect the major system software, the devices, and network information. Learning Management Systems (LMS). Student Information Systems (SIS). Library Management Systems.

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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.

Chief Privacy Officers: The Unicorns of K-12 Education

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Last month, the nonprofit Center for Democracy and Technology (CDT) published a report arguing schools and districts should go the way of other industries and hire a Chief Privacy Officer to oversee their organization’s privacy policies and practices. The intent here is good, says Linnette Attai, a K-12 privacy expert and founder of the global compliance consulting firm PlayWell, LLC. Schools and districts collect, manage and analyze more data now than ever before.

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

Making The Best Technology Purchasing Decisions

The Web20Classroom

The principal had been approached by a well-known technology vendor wanting to sell the school some hardware and software to help students in literacy and math. billion on hardware, networks and major system software. How will you get data in the product?

One-third of U.S. schools use this data technology

eSchool News

Clever now working with thousands of schools and vendors for data privacy in education. One-­third of K­12 schools in the United States have adopted Clever to secure student data, the company announced. for each of their students.

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COPPA Best Practices: Advice for Schools on Staying on the Right Side of the Law

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It’s not just edtech companies and app developers who have to think about complying with COPPA, the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act, which was designed to protect the privacy of kids under 13 years of age. For schools that use technology, here is some advice from Bathon and two school district professionals on best practices for keeping student data safe. Education Technology Data Privacy Policy

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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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 17 Edition)

Doug Levin

Tagged on: May 1, 2017 School District finds cost savings and flexibility with Linux | Linux Systems Administration → The author says: "Being a big proponent of Linux on the desktop I was excited to have the opportunity to talk with Aaron Prisk of the West Branch Area School District, who has recently helped migrate 80% of the school district’s infrastructure to Linux." And it's up to tech companies to make that clear — not bury it in privacy policies no one reads.

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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.

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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Brainwave Headsets Are Making Their Way Into Classrooms—For Meditation and Discipline

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The company says it can help users meditate by offering real-time feedback on their brain state. Advertising for the device is tailored to adults, but researchers outside of the company want to know if the devices can help calm students down as well—and keep them out of the principal’s office. To find out, professors at Kansas State University put the headset on a group of students. The company lists multiple studies that third parties have completed using the device.

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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

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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. After all, what is the worst that could happen if such systems were compromised? How might breaches of student (or teacher) data be used to cause actual harm? Offer up your best defense.

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.

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

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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.

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.

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.

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

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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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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. percent decrease in the amount of students who don’t return after summer and a 3.9

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

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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.

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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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The Marriage Between IT & Curriculum

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The Marriage of Tech & Curriculum: A Toast ] Patient #1 – Dealing with Insecurity With all the new applications or online textbooks being purchased almost daily it seems, our schools have many points of vulnerability when it comes to data. Relationships are always a work in progress.

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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 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).

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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

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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Hack Education Weekly News

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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.”

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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Hack Education Weekly News

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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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Hack Education Weekly News

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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

Hack Education Weekly News

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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. I see… DeVos’s support for charter schools and vouchers are the signature of her efforts in Michigan , which has the least regulated charter school system in the country – “The Poster Child for How Not to do Charter Schools,” according to HuffPo.

Hack Education Weekly News

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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. 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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