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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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

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

Data access is easier than ever, but is that a good thing?

eSchool News

Tactical student data privacy questions like “What can I do right now?” should be asked by all CIOs, 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?” The data balancing act.

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5 things every K-12 employee should do to protect student data

eSchool News

Student data privacy and security are top priorities for edtech leaders. When asked to rate the importance of these topics, 68 percent of respondents said they were more critical than the prior year, according to an annual survey of K-12 chief technology officers from the Consortium for School Networking. Here are five practical steps that every school or district employee should take to keep student data from being compromised.

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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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5 Considerations for Buying Classroom Technology

EdTech Magazine

5 Considerations for Buying Classroom Technology. As the vast selection of technology solutions for education continues to grow, K–12 schools find it harder to decide on which products to invest in. . Districts want to know the money budgeted for technology integration will provide the best outcomes for their particular schools’ needs. MORE FROM EDTECH: Read more about how investments can improve equity in STEM education.

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. based membership association will no longer hold its annual education technology conferences, once staple events for industry leaders. It was essentially the go-to association for the edtech industry.”

Year in Review: Our Top Edtech Business Stories of 2018

Edsurge

And we’re filing stories that capture the essence of the edtech industry in 2018. But the edtech industry has hit some bumps along the way, wrestling with collateral concerns from the public spotlight over data privacy and security. A Clever Way to Measure How Students Actually Use Edtech (and Whether It Works). So, how does a tool that effectively functions as a messenger for students, parents and educators take the crown?

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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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16 Great NonProfits Working to Support EdTech in Schools

Tom Murray

Prior to my role as the Director of Innovation for Future Ready Schools ® , I spent 14 years in a public school in Pennsylvania as an elementary and middle school teacher, middle school and elementary principal, and district level technology director. This post is the first of a short series meant to highlight the great work of many nonprofit organizations that are working diligently to support students’ learning on a daily basis. Technology Leadership.

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Campus Edtech Has Shifted Focus From Tech to Ed

Edsurge

This op-ed is part of a series of reflections on the past decade in education technology. But it did save instructors huge amounts of time on an administrative task, and that left space for more meaningful work with their students. Second, in the last few years, interest has begun to shift from a focus on adding new features to a focus on adding data-analytics tools. It is this second shift—the move to data—that will define the shift in edtech over the next decade.

A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 36 Edition)

Doug Levin

If this doesn’t get you thinking about the security risks of schools collecting and managing sensitive data, I’d submit you may not be paying close enough attention. Otherwise, here’s what caught my eye this past week – news, tools, and reports about education, public policy, technology, and innovation – including a little bit about why. A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 36 Edition). Now that very same data could be used to track them down.

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A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 36 Edition)

Doug Levin

If this doesn’t get you thinking about the security risks of schools collecting and managing sensitive data, I’d submit you may not be paying close enough attention. Otherwise, here’s what caught my eye this past week – news, tools, and reports about education, public policy, technology, and innovation – including a little bit about why. A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 36 Edition). Now that very same data could be used to track them down.

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Technology Not Going to Solve Data Privacy

techlearning

and the MLB All Star game were the backdrop for the inaugural CoSN Student Data Privacy Workshop. This seal program is the “nation’s only data privacy seal for school systems” that recognizes school districts’ commitment to high standards around student data privacy. Keynote The workshop began with a very informative keynote address by Michael Hawes, the Director of the Student Privacy Policy and Assistance Division (SSPAD) for the U.S.

Practicing Privacy: Insights from Edtech Lawyer Gretchen Shipley

Edsurge

2016 has been a busy year for data privacy advocates. University of California, Berkeley students filed suit against Google for illegally scanning their emails. Pokemon Go launched its wildly popular location-based and data-hungry augmented reality game. And at least 14 states have passed student data privacy laws, so far. We asked Shipley how schools can adopt new technology without running afoul of the many state and federal privacy laws.

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Get to the root of the edtech issues with three key questions

edWeb.net

Mention edtech, and the first thought that usually comes to mind is collecting data to evaluate students’ progress. They also said, though, that with the silos of information that still exist in many schools and districts, one of the most important pieces of data to collect is to find out what edtech resources are actually being used in your classroom. By asking three key questions, leaders can get a better sense of their K-12 edtech ecosystem.

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. That can prove tedious and inefficient—especially with most districts now running more than 500 edtech products per month. But a coalition of K-12 privacy leaders promises a better solution.

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

Edsurge

This annual event aims to accelerate the development and adoption of data standards that allow technologies used in schools to “talk” to one another. By enabling these connections, IMS, the nonprofit group that organized this event, hopes to create a plug-and play-educational ecosystem where tools can freely and seamlessly share information about student learning that educators can use to drive better learning outcomes. How Caliper Enables a Deeper Level of Data Sharing.

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

FETC 2019: Day One

eSchool News

Not the driving rain or 50-degree temperatures could keep edtech enthusiasts from the opening day of FETC 2019 in Orlando. The Expo floor did not open until 4:30 pm on Monday, but educators and administrators were able to choose from 100 workshops, Apple and Microsoft concurrent sessions, and an all-day Blueprint for Technology in Education Summit. Student Data Privacy. Assistive Technology.

A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 16 Edition)

Doug Levin

Last week, the “Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News” was on vacation, amongst the tall trees of the northwestern coast, and mostly off the grid. 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. The pace of additions should be concerning to anyone who cares about personalized learning and/or student data privacy. What then of the students?

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Will New York Do the Right Thing on Facial Recognition in Schools?

Doug Levin

For those who care about the evolving terrain of student data privacy and civil liberties issues in schools, you may know that the actions of Lockport (NY) Public Schools – and their defiance of the advice of the New York State Department of Education – have become a defining case. Indeed, it is a story that I had previously covered on this very site (“ Facial Recognition Technology Has No Place in Schools “).

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 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.

A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 16 Edition)

Doug Levin

Last week, the “Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News” was on vacation, amongst the tall trees of the northwestern coast, and mostly off the grid. 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. The pace of additions should be concerning to anyone who cares about personalized learning and/or student data privacy. What then of the students?

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Cybersecurity Resources for schools - IT and Educators

Educational Technology Guy

Recently, multiple school districts have been hit with ransomware (including on in my home state of CT), malware, virus's, DoS attacks (a 16 y/o student did this in Texas) and more. Here are some resources for IT and educators to help protect your network, data, faculty and students.

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.

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.

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.

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.

CatchOn Launches Student-Level Data Module, Provides Visibility into Engagement and Learning

eSchool News

To provide enhanced visibility into student digital engagement and learning patterns, CatchOn , an expansive data analytics and application monitoring tool for K-12 schools, has launched an industry-leading student-level data module. Evaluate Student Engagement Patterns.

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The top 10 school IT leader concerns

FETC Converge

Broadband and network capacity is school technology leaders’ top priority, according to the results of an annual IT leadership survey from CoSN. also revealed that school IT leaders are spending more time and devoting more resources to student data privacy and security. Uncategorized ed tech edtech education technology Educational technology technology

CoSN2020: Annual Event Focuses on Breakthrough Mindsets

EdTech Magazine

Educational technology is on a fast path of continuous change, but leaders’ mindsets don’t always follow. One key shift is that educational technology leaders need to adopt a more strategic focus instead of a break/fix approach. MORE FROM EDTECH : How to clear hurdles to foster true innovation in K–12 schools. We selected Amber Case, author of Calm Technology : Principles and Patterns for Non-Intrusive Design, to address this theme as one of our keynote speakers.