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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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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3 major ways to boost basic data literacy in K-6

eSchool News

A new report outlines the need for K-16 students to develop key data literacy skills. Focusing on three specific areas could be key to boosting K-16 students’ data literacy in a world where big data’s importance grows daily, according to a new report.

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The Weaponization of Education Data

Hack Education

A file configuration error at Schoolzilla that exposed the data of some 1.3 Data stolen from a community college’s health clinic. A data breach at a school board in Ontario. A data breach at the Chicago Public Schools. More data collection will improve course design.

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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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Sharing Classroom Data with Sheets


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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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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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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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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3 ways our district avoids data overload

eSchool News

These tests generate a huge amount of data meant to guide instruction—but all of this information can be overwhelming if teachers don’t have an easy way to process it. There is such a thing as having too much data. We had a great data tool, but teachers weren’t using it.

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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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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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Advancing Data Interoperability in Public Education—3 Pain Points and Their Solutions


A lack of data interoperability in education is like asking a teacher to understand a student’s performance by: Without unified education data standards, we're asking teachers to deconstruct student data as if it's a paper mache model—everyday. peeling off each newspaper scrap | pulling performance data from multiple tools in multiple formats. deciphering each sticky piece and ordering them | cleaning the data and running analyses.

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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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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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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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Ed-Tech Companies: Big Data Analytics Must Result in Helpful Human Actions

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

School districts are using algorithms to analyze student data, but those metrics must be usable for educators to impact student learning. The post Ed-Tech Companies: Big Data Analytics Must Result in Helpful Human Actions appeared first on Market Brief.

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One School’s Increased Student Growth with Data Integration

Where Learning Clicks

The post One School’s Increased Student Growth with Data Integration appeared first on Where Learning Clicks. Inside the Classroom Blended Learning elementary Personalized Learning Student Data technology in the classroom

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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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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.

Why your student’s personal data could be freely bought and sold

The Hechinger Report

that can freely sell student data. However, even after years of research, the authors of the study found it almost impossible to find out where the student data on these lists came from. “It’s Related: How can schools protect student data without training teachers in privacy basics?

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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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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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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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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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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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Beware: Your SIS might not be protecting student data

eSchool News

eSchool Media Featured on eSchool News IT Management data privacy SIS student data privacyObligatory CYA note: This article is presented as an “insider’s look” at how SIS security works and the common pitfalls associated with the “convenience vs. compliance” dilemma.

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Data Interoperability: Beyond Accountability and Reporting

This new role for educators is a direct outcome of the data-driven classroom and the quest for accountability. More important, the data entry can seem pointless when the outcomes aren’t applicable to the students. Teacher. Classroom facilitator. Database analyst?

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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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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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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.

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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