A Real and Present Student Data Privacy Threat

Doug Levin

50% of high schools disclose disciplinary information about their students to colleges in at least some cases. Only 37% of high schools maintain formal, written policies regarding disclosure of student disciplinary records to colleges.

FBI Issues Warning for K–12 Schools on Student Data Privacy

EdTech Magazine

FBI Issues Warning for K–12 Schools on Student Data Privacy. However, in exchange, education technology companies may have access to student information including biometrics, personal identifiable information and students’ geolocation. .

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. There is a concern that data is now a strategic resource, and that acquiring companies for their large data sets could be a means by which China could undermine the strategic influence of the United States.

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. LA Johnson/NPR.

Blackbaud signs pledge to respect student data privacy

eSchool News

National pledge outlines expectations to safeguard student data and privacy. Blackbaud has signed the Student Privacy Pledge created by the Future of Privacy Forum (FPF) and the Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA).

Privacy concerns dominate 2017 student data legislation

FETC Converge

During the 2017 legislative session, data privacy showed up in 93 of 183 state bills touching on education data. Since 2013, lawmakers in 49 states have introduced 503 bills, and 41 states have passed 94 laws regarding education data privacy and security, according to the latest accounting by the Data Quality Campaign. Uncategorized data protection FERPA information security report student data privacy

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Schools collect reams of data, inspiring a move to make sense of it all

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Almost every school collects and stores information on how students perform. This can be difficult to do by hand, but computers make the task of collecting the data easier and faster. Read more at The Hechinger Report. Uncategorized data collection FERPA sensitive data student data student data privacyTest scores. Attendance. Demographics. And on and on.

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Report: More states are taking steps to protect student privacy

eSchool News

A new analysis from the Data Quality Campaign shows more and more states are taking steps to ensure student privacy through legislation. Congress will need to examine this new landscape if they are looking to update federal privacy laws in the next session.”.

Educators Discuss Keeping Student Data Safe

Gaggle Speaks

There’s perhaps no other edtech topic discussed more these days than student data privacy. “The issue around security and privacy is not new. “We need to be proactive about what is going on with student data.”

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

Edsurge

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. There was a constant drumbeat around it that filled up whatever space was available amid preparation for the European Union’s (EU) General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Don’t collect the data in the first place.

CoSN 2019: New Analytics Dashboard Measures Education Technology ROI

EdTech Magazine

Students now have more devices than ever, making it more challenging to measure whether these technologies are being used correctly in the classroom and how they are affecting student outcomes. . CoSN 2019: New Analytics Dashboard Measures Education Technology ROI. eli.zimmerman_9856.

5 Considerations for Buying Classroom Technology

EdTech Magazine

The International Society for Technology in Education partnered with nonprofit organization Project Unicorn to create a report outlining five key recommendations schools should consider in technology investment decisions. Alignment with Student Learning Goals and Standards.

Safety First

techlearning

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.

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. Page by page, the report explains what a CPO is, why the role is necessary and even provides a two-page sample job description districts can use to begin the hiring process for a CPO.

The top 10 school IT leader concerns

eSchool News

Annual survey outlines broadband, instructional materials, student data privacy as top among school IT leaders’ concerns. The fourth annual K-12 IT Leadership Survey Report , released during CoSN’s annual conference in Washington, D.C.,

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World Backup Day March 31st: Student data security

Neo LMS

More than a million cases of child identity theft are reported every year and, as school districts continue to introduce students to new technology and advanced digital curriculum, Internet safety education is becoming an increasingly essential tool when preventing cybercrime.

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Mindful Tracking Cookie Policies Improve K—12 Data Security

EdTech Magazine

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.

The top 10 school IT leader concerns

FETC Converge

The fourth annual K-12 IT Leadership Survey Report , released during CoSN’s annual conference in Washington, D.C., also revealed that school IT leaders are spending more time and devoting more resources to student data privacy and security. Broadband and network capacity is school technology leaders’ top priority, according to the results of an annual IT leadership survey from CoSN.

How do parents really feel about student data?

eSchool News

Ask many public school parents about student data use and privacy, and you’ll likely end up with a heated debate about protecting sensitive, personal information. But what do parents really understand about school technology use and student data privacy?

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North Dakota University System Participates in Cybersecurity Exercise.

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The Information Technology and Innovation Foundation Releases New Report. This report first discusses the recent and current views of technological change and employment. NASBE Releases Report. Advancing Personalized Learning through Effective Use and Protection of Student Data. The report recommends actions state boards can take to foster personalized learning and data protection.

?Tools: CoSN Supports, Trains Education Technology Leaders

Edsurge

It recently re-released with the Center on Technology and Disability a report, Digital Accessibility Toolkit: What Education Leaders Need to Know. In its efforts to support education leaders, CoSN provides thoughtful, and relevant professional advancement opportunities such as its Certified Education Technology Leader (CETL®) program, which is based on its Framework of Essential Skills of the K-12 CTO report.

Who is keeping student data safe in the era of digital learning?

The Hechinger Report

As students spend more time on digital devices in school, data security becomes increasingly important. When Baltimore County Public Schools started giving every student a computer for daily use in the classroom, teachers sought out more online learning materials to go with them.

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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.

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. for each of their students. Data IT Newsletter News Top News

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

The Hechinger Report

Every few months in Raytown, there’s a new silly video with the serious purpose of safeguarding student information. Privacy and data-security themes are also woven into Raytown’s professional development workshops, curriculum planning sessions and even parent-teacher conferences. “It’s

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. In a 2017 report from Learning Counsel results found districts spent $16.2 How will you get data in the product?

How do parents really feel about data?

eSchool News

New survey reveals parents’ thoughts on student data use, privacy, protection. The survey asked parents to identify their goals and describe their concerns about technology use and student data. Material from a press release was used in this report.

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Profile of Asbury Park (NJ) Superintendent Sancha Gray

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This is no small feat, considering that she and now-NJ Commissioner of Education Lamont Repollet stepped into a struggling district with 75% of students reading below grade level (half of those being three-to-six grades below). Considering the student as a whole, she says, is key.

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5 goals, 5 barriers of digital curriculum

eSchool News

Survey reveals how school and districts leaders aim to use the digital curriculum transition to better serve students and teachers. Eighty-eight percent of those surveyed said they have a student data privacy policy in place to accompany the increased use of digital curriculum and resources.

LRP launches Special Ed Tech eNewsletter!

FETC Converge

You can now turn to LRP’s Special Ed Tech eNewsletter to help you find ways to raise achievement for students with disabilities using emerging and assistive technologies. This includes insights from the field to help you adopt or enhance efforts to differentiate instruction, promote universal design for learning practices, address accessibility and accommodation issues via mobile learning devices, and keep up to speed on student data privacy issues.

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. For schools that use technology, here is some advice from Bathon and two school district professionals on best practices for keeping student data safe. Education Technology Data Privacy Policy

A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 17 Edition)

Doug Levin

A day late perhaps, but 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. Tagged on: May 1, 2017 Navigation of Computer-Based Tests Matters for Young Students, Study Finds | Education Week → The assertion that neither mode nor UI would lead to different behaviors (and hence inferences) is what should be astounding.

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What’s New

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EDSBY UPDATES ( edsby.com/edsby-k12-dataaggregation-analytics/ ) Edsby announced that it has built sophisticated data aggregation and analysis capabilities that allow states, provinces and countries to optimize their education investments and policies.

Pursuing Academic Freedom and Data Privacy Is a Balancing Act

Edsurge

Last week undergraduates at Harvard University raised concerns about the institution handing over their data to an anti-affirmative action group as part of a lawsuit. Protecting student information is increasingly challenging in an era when learners leave digital footprints of nearly all of their academic and extracurricular pursuits. Universities need to provide students the freedom to explore ideas without the concern that they’re being monitored.

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

Doug Levin

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. This week, I also enhanced the K-12 Cyber Incident Map by adding video clips of news reports of select incidents since 2016. In addition, I’ve begun to do some cursory analyses of the data set underlying the map in an attempt to identify patterns that may be useful in responding via policy and practice.

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

Doug Levin

No commentary this week (not for a lack of things to say, just time), but one quick update: TV news reports of school cyber incidents are quite telling: sometimes for what they report, sometimes for how they report, sometimes for what they omit. In an effort to make the Map more user friendly, I moved my curated list of select recent TV news reports of K-12 cyber incidents to their own page. 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

No commentary this week (not for a lack of things to say, just time), but one quick update: TV news reports of school cyber incidents are quite telling: sometimes for what they report, sometimes for how they report, sometimes for what they omit. In an effort to make the Map more user friendly, I moved my curated list of select recent TV news reports of K-12 cyber incidents to their own page. Now that very same data could be used to track them down.

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Year in Review: Our Top Edtech Business Stories of 2018

Edsurge

At this time of the year, some businesses are busy filing expenses and reports. 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). Yet it can be tedious to manually keep track of how students interact with different pieces of software—or whether these tools are even being used.

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

Doug Levin

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. This week, I also enhanced the K-12 Cyber Incident Map by adding video clips of news reports of select incidents since 2016. In addition, I’ve begun to do some cursory analyses of the data set underlying the map in an attempt to identify patterns that may be useful in responding via policy and practice.

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