Educators Archive

Privacy by Decisions: Security Starts with You

August 16, 2017 | Amelia Vance

Privacy by Decisions: Security Starts with You

Once you start exploring the challenges of protecting personal information online, you quickly see that digital privacy involves a variety of players, including social media and messaging platforms, internet service providers, app developers, and government agencies. Many different entities are involved in collecting, moving, and sharing your information, for many different reasons. If you want […]

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From Apps to Announcements: Increasing School-Parent Engagement with Communications Technology

June 26, 2017 | West's Education Group (SchoolMessenger)

From Apps to Announcements: Increasing School-Parent Engagement with Communications Technology

West’s Education group, the provider of SchoolMessenger solutions, surveyed hundreds of K-12 administrators across the United States to discover district attitudes about parent engagement and communication technology. The survey reveals: What districts rate as the most effective forms of communication for engaging parents Favorite channels for various forms of communications (i.e. one-way vs. two-way communication) […]

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PTAC Teacher Training Focus Groups Report

June 26, 2017 | PTAC, U.S. Department of Education

PTAC Teacher Training Focus Groups Report

The Privacy Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) conducted a series of focus groups to gain insight into teachers’ needs for training on student privacy and the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). This report documents the findings of these focus groups, as well as recommendations on how to develop new student privacy and FERPA training […]

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The Top 10: Student Privacy News (May – June 2017)

June 21, 2017 | Amelia Vance

The Top 10: Student Privacy News (May – June 2017)

The Future of Privacy Forum tracks student privacy news very closely, and shares relevant news stories with our newsletter subscribers.* Approximately every month, we post “The Top 10,” a blog with our top student privacy stories. This blog is cross-posted at www.fpf.org.  The Top 10 FPF has relaunched FERPA|Sherpa! The site now includes: Revamped sections for parents, schools […]

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Effectively Communicating Student Data Privacy to Parents and Communities

June 14, 2017 | Ferpa Sherpa

Effectively Communicating Student Data Privacy to Parents and Communities

As K-12 school use of technology and data increase, parents and other stakeholders are asking more questions about what personal student information is collected, how it is used and secured, and with whom it is shared. Often school privacy practices have not kept pace. Even if they have, often school communications practices have not. Yet, […]

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From Teacher to Entrepreneur: Lessons Learned about Data and Privacy

June 7, 2017 | Ferpa Sherpa

From Teacher to Entrepreneur: Lessons Learned about Data and Privacy

As a second grade teacher, I used to spend hours each week trying to assess how my students were progressing with their addition fact fluency. I created a series of a dozen or so mini-quizzes that increased in difficulty, and students progressed through them at their own pace. Some students would work on the zero-rule […]

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U.S. Department of Ed Student Privacy Website

June 7, 2017 | PTAC, U.S. Department of Education

U.S. Department of Ed Student Privacy Website

This website (relaunched in June 2017) provides resources on student privacy and FERPA from the Privacy Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) at the U.S. Department of Education. Resources are sortable by audience type.

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There Can Be No Privacy Without Security: Emerging Lessons from the K-12 Cyber Incident Map

June 6, 2017 | Ferpa Sherpa

There Can Be No Privacy Without Security: Emerging Lessons from the K-12 Cyber Incident Map

As K-12 schools grow increasingly reliant on digital tools and services for teaching, learning, and other core services, they can maintain and build trust with their local communities by ensuring sensible privacy protections for students, educators, and other school staff. While this is fundamentally hard and important work, it also is insufficient if reasonable school […]

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