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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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Start the Conversation: Student Data Privacy for Classroom Teachers

June 5, 2017 | Ferpa Sherpa

Start the Conversation: Student Data Privacy for Classroom Teachers

Much of the information available about data privacy in education is written to target parents or district/school administrators. While it is essential for these stakeholders to understand the policies and practices that will keep children safe, the people who are using technology and data every day with students are classroom teachers. Education technology administrators tend […]

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Welcome To The New FERPA|Sherpa!

June 5, 2017 | Amelia Vance

Welcome To The New FERPA|Sherpa!

Today, the Future of Privacy Forum relaunched FERPA|Sherpa, the leading resource for information about education privacy issues. Named after the core federal law that governs education privacy, FERPA|Sherpa provides students, parents, schools, ed tech companies, and policymakers with easy access to the resources, best practices, and guidelines that are essential to understanding the complex privacy issues arising at the intersection of kids, schools, and technology.

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Protecting Privacy in Connected Learning Toolkit (v3)

June 5, 2017 | CoSN

Protecting Privacy in Connected Learning Toolkit (v3)

The CoSN Protecting Privacy in Connected Learning Toolkit supports School Systems in understanding the issues that arise when navigating student data privacy responsibilities, including the selection and use of an online service provider. The original version of this document focused on key requirements of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and the Children’s […]

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Model Webpage: Cambridge Student Data Privacy

May 29, 2017 | Cambridge Public Schools

Model Webpage: Cambridge Student Data Privacy

Cambridge Public School’s student data privacy website. This website has sections on why student privacy matters (for both district staff and for families); a list of the pre-approved apps and other resources; a place for staff to request new resources; professional development resources; legal resources; resources for parents to keep children safe online at home; […]

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The Best Way to Protect Students’ Personal Data: Teacher Training

May 29, 2017 | Slate

The Best Way to Protect Students’ Personal Data: Teacher Training

Nationwide, however, such training for teachers and school administrators is surprisingly rare. That’s a problem, because it suggests that recent efforts to bolster student data protection have largely neglected one of the biggest risks to any school information network—its users.

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What’s Possible with Personalized Learning? An Overview of Personalized Learning for Schools, Families & Communities

May 29, 2017 | iNACOL

What’s Possible with Personalized Learning? An Overview of Personalized Learning for Schools, Families & Communities

The goal of this report is to inform schools, families and communities about the potential of personalized learning and empower them with ways to support the shift to student-centered learning. In the pages that follow, we define personalized learning and describe why it matters. We highlight examples of personalized learning in action to show how […]

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