5 different ways IT directors handle student data privacy

eSchool News

Student data privacy is a hot-button issue. I give a lot of credit to the leading district CIOs and CTOs who have stepped up and fulfilled the promise of the laws,” says Vance, who also runs FERPA|Sherpa , the Education Privacy Resource Center that has loads of resources online.

6 things schools can do to ensure student data privacy

eSchool News

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.

Student Data Privacy – It’s a Big Deal

jackcwest

This week I head to DC for the Student Privacy Boot Camp for Edtech Companies. This event, co-hosted by Rethink Education and the Future of Privacy Forum is timely. Over the past several weeks, student data privacy has again been in the news as a software engineer and dad from the Silicon Valley took some… EdTech

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.

Student Data Privacy – It’s a Big Deal

jackcwest

This week I head to DC for the Student Privacy Boot Camp for Edtech Companies. This event, co-hosted by Rethink Education and the Future of Privacy Forum is timely. Over the past several weeks, student data privacy has again been in the news as a software engineer and dad from the Silicon Valley took some… EdTech

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).

5 Reasons to Address Cyber Security

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Schools have valuable information to protect for both students and employees. School management needs to take reasonable steps to ensure protection beyond data sharing policies. All presenters have heard of school officials losing their jobs from data breaches.

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. Here are five practical steps that every school or district employee should take to keep student data from being compromised. Check with your IT department before using apps or software.

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K-12 Leaders Unite for ‘Check the Privacy,’ a One-Stop Shop for Safe Classroom Tech

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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.

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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5 Considerations for Buying Classroom Technology

EdTech Magazine

Alignment with Student Learning Goals and Standards. Technology should be used to support learning in the classroom, enhance instructional methods and positively impact student achievement. . Interoperability and Student Data Privacy and Protection.

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.

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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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. billion on hardware, networks and major system software. What Is The True Cost For The Hardware or Software?

FETC 2019: Day One

eSchool News

Student Data Privacy. Edtech administrators and Edtech information technology administrators have many sleepless nights contemplating student data privacy and cybersecurity challenges in their districts.

Private clouds help schools weather data concerns

eSchool News

Districts are using private clouds to save money and retain control over data. With student data privacy commanding so much attention these days, some K-12 districts are building private clouds to distribute curriculum and IT resources to students and staff over their own networks.

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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. to use learning software in the classroom.

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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.

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

5 Steps K-12 Schools Need to Consider When Moving to the Cloud

EdTech Magazine

Keep Learning Software Licensing Agreements in Mind. Managing software licenses for traditional software can create significant management hurdles for schools. Even cloud software licenses can create compliance issues for schools that don’t properly manage and monitor their environments. . These include Software as a Service migrations of infrastructure applications, which are so well documented and well understood that they’re widely considered to be slam dunks. .

Does Ownership of Instructional Materials Matter?

Doug Levin

There also was only one dominant business model in the market: districts purchased one textbook per subject per grade per student from approved publishers. Nor did a district purchase the right to translate the language of the book into the language spoken by a student and/or their family.

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

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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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. Data IT Management IT Newsletter News Top News

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Year in Review: Our Top Edtech Business Stories of 2018

Edsurge

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). billion on education software each year. 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.

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Executive Briefs

techlearning

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.

Data Security and Implications for Physical Security

Leadership Lounge

Three schools in Iowa and Nebraska have canceled classes and have increased security due to graphic and violent content being emailed or texted to parents of students within the school districts. Still, the district provided increased security for students.

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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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OPINION: What’s the high-tech tradeoff for students and teachers?

The Hechinger Report

Thirty years ago, Channel One offered schools nationwide $30,000 worth of audiovisual equipment at no cost in exchange for requiring students to view a daily current events program during class. Nor are they offered insights into how algorithms that determine student outcomes are created.

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Confronting K-12 Cybersecurity and the End of Innocence

Edsurge

In discussions among educators and entrepreneurs about the importance of student data privacy, issues of information technology security risks and threats are often glossed over. While data breaches and technology vulnerabilities from companies such as. How might breaches of student (or teacher) data be used to cause actual harm? Collectively, we must grapple with how to better secure and protect school technology assets and data.

Reducing Online Security and Privacy Risk in Your School

edWeb.net

Student privacy and school security are growing concerns in schools that can have consequences from negative media attention to losing parent and student trust. Defining and assessing levels of risk in the school is a crucial part of online security and privacy.

What’s New

techlearning

Tech & Learning Rounds Up a Summary of New Tools for Schools Software & Online GOOGLE FOR EDUCATION UPDATES ( edu.google.com ) Google for Education announced updates and new tools to help teachers keep innovation alive in their classrooms.

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

Edsurge

Failure to obtain a required license or exemption can result in fines or a cease-and-desist order, which could prevent a school from enrolling students or collecting tuition. And, for online providers, “operating” a state may simply mean enrolling a student who resides there. But you—and your marketing team—need to know the basic rules and get advice to avoid student complaints and regulatory scrutiny before they arise. Data security should be one from the start.

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.

Be Privacy Aware, Not Privacy Scared

Graphite Blog

I love finding awesome tools that engage students and get them thinking critically and collaborating. And I love reviewing privacy policies -- not! It's the issue of privacy. Researching privacy policies and understanding terms and conditions are critical to keeping students safe, but many administrators and teachers alike don't feel qualified or don't have the time required to wade through dense legal documents. I love edtech.

Educators as Empowered Citizens (Unpacking the ISTE Standards for Educators)

Tech Helpful

Citizen- Educators inspire students to positively contribute to and responsibly participate in the digital world. Mentor students in safe, legal, and ethical practices with digital tools ad the protection of intellectual rights and property. Management of personal data.

The Marriage Between IT & Curriculum

techlearning

The Marriage of Tech & Curriculum: A Toast ] Patient #1 – Dealing with Insecurity With all the new applications or online textbooks being purchased almost daily it seems, our schools have many points of vulnerability when it comes to data. Relationships are always a work in progress.

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A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 11 Edition)

Doug Levin

Do you know that feeling when you are told your questions about student privacy are unfounded by a representative of a company that earns 86% of its total revenue from advertising? “I’m slightly wary of building a Google data profile of a young child,” says @ashleyrcarman @verge [link]. Tagged on: March 18, 2017 G Suite for Education Now Open for Personal Google Accounts, Outside Domains | Campus Technology → Raises privacy questions.

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A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 10 Edition)

Doug Levin

Tech devices won't fix our education system | Lockport Union Sun & Journal → Former Education Secretary Arne Duncan recently issued a plea for greater student access to high-tech tools. "This Tagged on: March 10, 2017 As new technology is paramount, Robertson County gives students laptops | WKRN News 2 → "As new technology is paramount," Robertson County gives students laptops - funded through a special resolution (and not the regular budget).

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