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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How can schools protect student data without training teachers in privacy basics?

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. Gearing up for their district’s password-reset day in October, teachers and school administrators in Raytown, Missouri, watched a spoof video “gym” tour by their tech-support staff, who offered tips for stronger passwords amidst “laptop lunges” and “cross-tech” training.

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.

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.

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

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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). But a few months ago, its CEO, Matt Siegelman, hopped on the Amtrak Acela train from Washington, D.C.

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

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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.

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

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. By LeiLani Cauthen. .

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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. Questions to Consider Before Making A Technology Purchase How Are Student Privacy and Data Protected?

Common (and Avoidable) Legal Pitfalls for Coding Bootcamps and Alternative Education Providers

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The rapid growth of accelerated learning programs providing training to aspiring high-tech professionals—the best known being the “coding academies” or “bootcamps”—have recently been the subject of both optimism and skepticism. Given the high cost of traditional higher education and the need to train a new generation of tech economy workers , the growth of alternative learning providers seems likely to continue. Data security should be one from the start.

BloomBoard Appoints New CEO, Restructures Focus Around Micro-Credentials

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Some of those teachers spend upwards of 150 hours every year on training sessions, workshops and conferences that sometimes resemble what many students experience in the classroom: listening to a lecture and taking notes. Classroom videos, student work samples and lesson plans are among the materials—which are accessible via the badge—serve as evidence. The idea was that data from the evaluations could help schools find the right resources that each teacher needed.

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

Edsurge

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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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.

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.

Privacy Protection and Human Error

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As I now knew that the commenter was the principal of a school, it became clear that the subject of the question -- who, remember, was identified by first and last name -- was almost certainly a student at the school. I had stumbled across a comment on an edtech site where a principal identified a student by name and asked a question that implied an issue with the student, on the open Web. Staff for the company answered the question and left the thread intact.

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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 : “ 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 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.” The Business of Job Training. The company has raised $15.7

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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 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 Inside Higher Ed : “Career Training Groups Encouraged by Trump Pick for CTE Job.” Via EdScoop : “ Google adds new terms to comply with Connecticut student data privacy laws.”

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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.