Student Data Privacy: What’s Your Obligation?

Tom Murray

For over two centuries, student information and data was kept in paper form, often in filing cabinets in a school or district office. During this time, there was little concern over security breaches, improper data sharing, or student privacy issues. However, the misuse and breach of digital student information has brought data privacy to the forefront. A few months prior to the hearing, data breaches at both Home Depot and Target became national news.

Communicating Student Data Privacy

Tom Murray

In recent years, student data privacy has emerged as a major education issue at federal, state and local levels. According to Future Ready partner Data Quality Campaign , there are currently over 100 privacy-related bills in 32 state legislatures.

Form+: A Data Collection Tool For Educators.


With an intuitive and user-friendly form builder, Form+ is a service that allows you collect data (including files) easily using web forms. Data is stored in your Google Drive and you always have access to it. You can also easily share this data with other collaborators easily.

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How to Really Use Data With Students

Brilliant or Insane

Several years ago I co-taught a reading class for students, who were three or more grade levels below their peers, based on some data. The post How to Really Use Data With Students appeared first on Brilliant or Insane. Brilliant or Insane.

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The State of Data Interoperability in Public Education

Digital Promise

Members of the League of Innovative Schools ’ Data Interoperability working group define data interoperability as the seamless, secure, and controlled exchange of data between applications.

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Questions to Ask if You're Worried About Student Data

Education Elements

Last week I heard a district leader say, “In God We Trust - everyone else, bring data.” I chuckled - because we talk out of both sides of our mouth when it comes to data. In the same breath we demand “data driven instruction” instruction in our classrooms but it’s also clear that we don’t understand (and many times don’t trust) the technology that captures this very data needed to drive instruction.

Everything’s Bigger in Texas…Including (Maybe) the Data Breaches

Doug Levin

A data breach by the Texas Association of School Boards (TASB) offers a cautionary tale about how K-12 school districts and their vendors should communicate the (bad) news to stakeholders. Blog Privacy Security data breach school data breach TASB teacher data breach Texas Texas Association of School Boards

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Does Your District Have a Solid Data Foundation?

Tom Murray

These changes have forced districts to reevaluate the regular functionality of a school or district’s “tech stack”, from the ground up: core data, instruction, and content. From what I’ve witnessed, many schools leaders are not evaluating their data management at more than a surface level.

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Sharing Classroom Data with Sheets

The Electric Educator

Step 1: Collect data with a form Using a form ensures the consistency of the data and makes it very easy for students to fill out. Step 2: Collect & Calculate in Google Sheets Each time the form is submitted, the data is logged automatically into a Google Sheet.

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Is Coaching About Data?

Where Learning Clicks

The post Is Coaching About Data? For the past few years I have been advocating for a coaching model of professional development for teachers. Recently, there has been increased awareness of the ineffectiveness of traditional professional development models.

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Child-Driven and Data-Driven; Can you be both?

The Principal of Change

The short answer to the title of the post is “no”, you can’t be both “Child-Driven”and “Data-Driven” Here is the long answer. Let me make this clear…Data is not a horrible thing. Being “data-driven” is my concern.

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Should You Be Thinking About a Student Data Cleanup?

Where Learning Clicks

Student data can be a powerful tool to measure progress and success, but only if the data is good. Find out the benefits of maintaining your student data. The post Should You Be Thinking About a Student Data Cleanup?

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League of Innovative Schools Districts Demand Data Interoperability

Digital Promise

The phrase “data interoperability,” referring to the seamless, secure, and controlled exchange of data between applications, is increasingly a topic of conversation among educators on personalized learning and student privacy. These conversations often arrive at the same conclusion: data interoperability is important and we need it, but how do we accomplish it? As a response, district leaders are working toward building collective demand around data interoperability.

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Use Real Data: Try FiveThirtyEight

Teacher Tech

Use Real Data Real data helps make learning connections. The post Use Real Data: Try FiveThirtyEight appeared first on Teacher Tech. One Twitter handle I follow is @FiveThirtyEight.

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Data Points Toward Effective Practices

P21 Blogazine

The topic on the agenda was listed as Personalized Learning, but the conversation quickly turned to the effective use of research and data. A few weeks ago in Washington, DC we organized a panel involving four of our new 21st Century Learning Exemplars. P21 Blog

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Rhode Coder and Data Navigators: Helping Adult Learners Gain Coding and Computer Science Skills

Digital Promise

With their Rhode Coders and Data Navigators classes, the Providence Public Library is creating a barrier-free on-ramp to more advanced technical skills for adults looking for opportunities to advance their careers. A recent report by the U.S.

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3 ways our school uses data to drive instruction

eSchool News

For the last six years, data has been part of our “secret sauce” here at Bronson Elementary School in Bronson, Fla. Specifically, Bronson uses schoolwide data to determine core instructional needs and proficiency targets.

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School data is messy, but it doesn’t have to be

The Hechinger Report

Schools collect reams of data that could help teachers make decisions in the classroom, but getting all that data into one system, formatted the same way, is a pressing challenge for districts. It’s data interoperability. Today’s classrooms generate reams of data.

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Importance of having a Data Backup Solutions

Educational Technology Guy

Data backup is even more important than ever these days. Everything is digital now and you need to safeguard and backup your data. I have my personal data backed up in multiple ways, and even backup my Evernote files with a free service. backup plans data file backup

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Want to put your data into action? Here’s how!

eSchool News

Further, the technology can save teachers’ time by doing the number crunching and organizing the data to help them identify students in need of intervention. Classroom assessments represented a nearly $1.6 billion market in 2017, and that market is expected to grow by 30 percent through 2020.

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Making student data more usable: What innovation theory tells us about interoperability

The Christensen Institute

As schools adopt blended learning, many are eager to use the floods of student learning data gathered by their various software systems to make better instructional decisions. We are accustomed to the ease with which we can use data from multiple systems in other domains of life—such as when we use GPS apps on our smartphones to search for dinner options, check operating hours and customer ratings, and then get traffic-optimized driving directions.

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Are K-12 data systems ready for AI?

eSchool News

But AI requires massive amounts of data, so before jumping on the AI bandwagon we need to: reflect on the kinds of data that would make teaching more effective and improve learning outcomes; consider the systems that will allow us to collect and manage the data; and.

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Smart City Data Helps Solve Education Challenges

EdTech Magazine

By Meghan Bogardus Cortez Data collected by Internet of Things devices and community programs can help schools resolve issues. Big Data Business Intelligence Data Governance Hardware Internet of Things Networking Sensors

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Schools collect more data, but how is it used?

The Hechinger Report

State leaders are collecting reams of data on students, but they must do more to put that information into the hands of parents and teachers, according to a new report. based nonprofit organization that advocates for better data use. K-12 News Data and research Personalized Learning

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Using Vernier Data Tools on a Chromebook

Educational Technology Guy

You can even use them with Vernier Data Tools. Vernier is a huge name in data collection tools for science and math and they have been working to support Chromebooks for some time. Using Graphical Analysis for Chrome, students set experiment parameters and start data collection.

Efforts to reform higher ed will founder on bad data

The Christensen Institute

Given these huge data gaps, it’s tough to know which colleges really aren’t performing well—and which ones are. Incorporating transfer students into the data would likely make completion rates look a lot higher; adding in part-time students could make them a lot worse.

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How Can Data Analytics Change the Way Corporates Train?

WizIQ Education & Technology

We already know that training is critical and data[1] says, companies that offer comprehensive training programs have 218% higher income per employee and 24% higher profit margin than companies.

One School’s Success with Data-Driven Instruction

Where Learning Clicks

Using data-driven instruction, Claude Elementary in TX saw some students significantly outperform the national average for growth on standardized tests. The post One School’s Success with Data-Driven Instruction appeared first on Where Learning Clicks. Inside the Classroom Data-driven instruction Intervention standardized testing Student Data Student Success Teaching Strategies Testing in elementary school

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Protecting student data privacy

FETC Converge

The Future of Education Technology Conference ‘s IT program chair Bruce Umpstead joins FETC speakers Lynette Attai of Playwell LLC and Education Daily reporter Emily Ann Brown to discuss emerging challenges in protecting student data as edtech expands. Uncategorized data privacy edtech FERPA student privacy

Combat Teacher Turnover with Data and Interventions

In “ Using Data to Combat Attrition and Keep Good Teachers ,” Henry Wellington, CEO and founder of Upbeat, discussed issues that cause teacher turnover and how schools and districts can intervene. Last, teacher survey data can often be unreliable if it is not anonymous.

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Data Security and International Travel


We’ve written before here on ProfHacker on securing out data , but our most secure passwords won’t protect you if you are required to hand over said passwords when you’re crossing the border into the USA. Hardware Software Data international travel security

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Everything’s Bigger in Texas…Including (Maybe) the Data Breaches

Doug Levin

Data breaches happen. Yet, as bad as a data breach can be, when breaches happen it is how organizations – including schools and school vendors – respond to and communicate about them that will be remembered. Indeed, experts are increasingly counseling organizations on best practices in data breach response , including encouraging organizations to train for and practice those responses. For how long was Texas school employee data publicly posted online?

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Beyond ESSA: How to use your data to make informed decisions

eSchool News

Now it’s up to school districts to figure out how to capture and report data about student performance. District administrators just need a simple method to look at student data in a new way. School districts are challenged to rethink how they collect, analyze, and present data.

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3 Ways Big Data Can Soften the Campus Dropout Crisis

EdNews Daily

Enter the use of big data and predictive analytics. Big Data Hits the Quad. While many universities have begun to dabble in the realm of big data and predictive analytics , they often limit their use of these tools to evaluating academic performance as a major predictor of attrition.

The COPPA Rule, FERPA, and the Security of Student Data

Doug Levin

While there are many important issues at the intersection of the COPPA Rule and FERPA, I have submitted a comment on the narrow, but critically important issue of student data security. In this comment, I make four assertions: There is an emerging knowledge base on cybersecurity incidents involving schools and student data that should be used to guide decisionmaking. Liability and penalties for negligent student data security practices must be assignable and enforceable.

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Why bother with theory when you’ve got big data?

The Christensen Institute

Big data is hotter than ever. Every day, companies, recognizing these powerful trends, are making huge investments in artificial intelligence, machine learning, and data science. The most ardent promoters of big data even claim that as we master data, we won’t need the scientific method or theory building. Isn’t data—tangible, countable, data—more trustworthy than theory? In fact, data analysis has its limitations.

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Who else is collecting data about your children?


Websites must (1) provide notice of what type of information is being collected and what it is being used for (2) obtain verifiable parental consent for collection/use of said information and (3) establish procedures to ensure confidentiality of data collected.

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Creating Memories—Without Data

Fractus Learning

It has been quite some time since I ventured out as a solo traveller. Selfish as it may be, I always felt liberated on adventures from being able to make quick decisions and maintain a schedule for the sole purpose of suiting oneself.

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Five Dangers of Data-Informed Student Nudging


It was a move that reignited the debate about the role of data and intervention in higher education. These examples are two sides of the same coin: two institutions employing the use of data-informed nudging—the behavioral economics practice of implementing minor design changes that affect individual behavior—to address retention and student success. Education Technology Higher Education Postsecondary Learning Data and ResearchIn 2016, leaked email exchanges from Mount St.

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Efforts to reform higher ed will founder on bad data

The Christensen Institute

Given these huge data gaps, it’s tough to know which colleges really aren’t performing well—and which ones are. Incorporating transfer students into the data would likely make completion rates look a lot higher; adding in part-time students could make them a lot worse.

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