A Real and Present Student Data Privacy Threat

Doug Levin

A chilling, must-read study report just released (May 2015) by the Center for Community Alternatives (CCA), “ Education Suspended: The Use of High School Disciplinary Records in College Admissions ” should serve as a clarion call to advocates and policymakers to broaden their focus on what exactly is at issue with respect to student data privacy and how we must move forward as a sector to address it.

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. With two known cyber attacks on education technology companies in 2017, the FBI warns schools to take extra precaution to protect student data.

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Promethean Announces iKeepSafe Student Data Privacy Certification in the U.S. for ClassFlow Software

eSchool News

Promethean® , a leading global education technology company, today at TCEA 2021 announced its ClassFlow platform had received iKeepSafe certification renewal. federal and state privacy laws, helping to eliminate privacy concerns during remote, hybrid, or in-person teaching.

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. Student privacy first entered the national conversation in 1974, with the passage of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). Manage data with precision.

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. 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. companies seeking to expand overseas.

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. Consumer groups like Common Sense Media and companies like Microsoft have spoken positively of the bill. Technological advances have schools and universities outsourcing many more basic functions than in years past.

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. in instructional technology from Lesley University.

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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?” Jena is passionate about improving how students learn with technology.

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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.

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. At a time when schools are rapidly embracing technology, Clever is now empowering 44,000 of them to do so while maintaining student data privacy and security. for each of their students. 20 million students and teachers. ●

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Making The Best Technology Purchasing Decisions

The Web20Classroom

In our next collaborative post, Shaelynn Farnsworth (@shfarnsworth) and I discuss how schools and districts can make the best technology purchasing decisions. 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. The increase of technology use in learning has added an element to the budget which has seen a steady increase over the years. Technology Purchasing

How the CCPA Affects California School Districts

EdTech Magazine

This month, the state of California began enforcing its latest consumer privacy law. Known as the California Consumer Privacy Act, or CCPA, the comprehensive law protects the personal consumer data that businesses collect and increases transparency around it.

How the CCPA Affects California School Districts

EdTech Magazine

This month, the state of California began enforcing its latest consumer privacy law. Known as the California Consumer Privacy Act, or CCPA, the comprehensive law protects the personal consumer data that businesses collect and increases transparency around it.

K-12 Leaders Unite for ‘Check the Privacy,’ a One-Stop Shop for Safe Classroom Tech

Edsurge

For years, the privacy community has been urging educators to be more intentional—and careful—about introducing new tech tools in their classrooms. But expecting teachers to wade through the legalese of every vendor’s privacy policy may be too much to ask for. Even efforts to rate and review products’ privacy features have been stymied, with so much competing, contradictory information now available. But a coalition of K-12 privacy leaders promises a better solution.

Will 2019 Be the Year of Privacy? Five Things to Look for in Education

Edsurge

This article is part of a collection of op-eds from thought leaders, educators and entrepreneurs who reflect on the state of education technology in 2018, and share where it’s headed next year. That white noise you heard around student data privacy in 2018 is about to be replaced with thunder. Relative to the flurry of legislative activity seen in prior years, it was a somewhat measured year for student data privacy.

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.

How the CCPA Affects California School Districts

EdTech Magazine

This month, the state of California began enforcing its latest consumer privacy law. Known as the California Consumer Privacy Act, or CCPA, the comprehensive law protects the personal consumer data that businesses collect and increases transparency around it. Under the law, California residents can ask companies what personal information they have collected and how they are using and sharing that data, according to the Office of the Attorney General.

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. “Every part of our organization has some connection with technology,” he said. ” Student Safety Success Stories

?Student Data and Privacy, From Inside Cambridge Public Schools

Edsurge

In order to educate our students and prepare them for the world we live in, education must keep up with current and ever evolving technology. But not all educational technology is good, of high quality, or even worth a student’s time. More importantly, not all educational technology is safe. But how do they know if these new tools are secure for our students to use? But what does that actually mean for teachers and students?

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PROOF POINTS: What happens when private student information leaks

The Hechinger Report

How vulnerable is student data at U.S. That’s a critical question now that many, if not most, of the nation’s 51 million students are learning online at least some of the time. That’s because there’s no federal requirement for school districts to report data breaches.

As Instructure Changes Ownership, Academics Worry Whether Student Data Will Be Protected

Edsurge

The pending $2 billion sale of one of the largest learning management systems to a private equity firm has raised questions about what happens to the trove of student data held in the company’s courses. We do not—and we will not—share or sell student data.

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Chief Privacy Officers: The Unicorns of K-12 Education

Edsurge

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.

SIIA, a Pioneering Convenor for the Edtech Industry, Scraps Its Conferences

Edsurge

What was once the premier, must-go conference in the education technology industry is now going away. Last week, the Software and Information Industry Association (SIIA) announced that its education technology group will no longer operate as its own division beginning July 1.

4 Items on Instructure’s To-Do List After the Sale of the Canvas LMS Provider

Edsurge

One of the benefits of this change is a focus on long-term planning over displays of quarterly growth to impress shareholders, says Mitch Benson, the company’s chief product officer. So what else is next for the Salt Lake City-based edtech company? The company will not end the product.

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Overcoming security and privacy concerns with e-learning

Neo LMS

Few of us can argue that the internet and its connected technology has changed the global educational landscape for the better. More students than ever before now have access to a quality education, no matter where they live. How students can help secure their personal data.

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Blackboard to Sell Open LMS Product for $31.7 Million

Edsurge

based provider of learning management software for K-12, higher ed, government and businesses, has agreed to sell its Open LMS business to Learning Technologies Group, or LTG, a London-based conglomerate of workplace learning software services. Blackboard, a Reston, Va.-based

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

Edsurge

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.

Want to Organize Your Digital Assets?

EdNews Daily

Student Information Systems (SIS). An example is the distribution of iPads to all students. A good strategy will provide the oversight and direction to use those iPads to change the students’ approach to education. When digital innovations were previously offered to students, like a computer in the classroom, the decision of how to use it was often made on a teacher level, such as what programs might be on it. By LeiLani Cauthen. .

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What It’s Like Navigating the Strictest Student Privacy Law in the Country

Edsurge

We often hear how important it is to protect the privacy of student data. According to a student data privacy law passed there a few years ago, anyone who collects or shares students’ personally identifiable information (or PII, as the shorthand goes) can be punished by up to six months in prison or $10,000 in fines. Anybody that might release the data in a way that is not aligned with the law could be prosecuted.

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

Edsurge

But to the BMO’s annual education industry conference, where company executives, investors, bankers and financiers of all stripes descended in their suits and slacks (but very few ties). On the agenda were one-on-one interviews with company CEOs and panel discussions on opportunities and challenges in different markets. As noted in the panel, personal conviction and company mission buy-in are strong determinants of long-run employee success rather than skills alone.

Why K–12 Students Need to Be Taught to Guard Their Data Online

EdTech Magazine

Why K–12 Students Need to Be Taught to Guard Their Data Online. A recent McAfee survey of 1,000 college students and recent graduates ages 18 to 25 revealed some startling statistics on how little this tech-savvy cohort knows about data security.

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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. The one-day program will feature an engaging and interactive format with panelists, keynote speakers, Passport to the World, and Global Ignite sessions seeking answers to questions like: Can technology be used to improve digital citizenship?

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

Edsurge

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. Justin Bathon, a lawyer and associate professor in the Department of Educational Leadership Studies at the University of Kentucky, says that because of this complexity, school district attorneys have an inclination to not use technology.

What Some School Tech Leaders Think of Your Edtech Pitch

Edsurge

Some education technology vendors are eager to get their wares in front of school and district decision-makers. Cisneros, an academic technology specialist at the Santa Clara County Office of Education in California, and Traci Bonde, the director of instructional technology for the Los Gatos-Saratoga Union High School District in Santa Clara County, joined EdSurge last month for a conversation about thoughts and pet peeves when it comes to education technology review and adoption.

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How Education is Becoming the Front Lines for Debating the Role of Algorithms

Edsurge

Among them are concerns over what happens to data in learning management systems like Canvas , to questions over whether campuses should ban facial-recognition software. Brian Short, a program director at British Columbia’s Freedom of Information and Privacy Association in Canada.