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Capacity Enablers and Barriers for Learning Analytics: Implications for Policy and Practice

May 10, 2017 | Alliance for Excellent Education

Capacity Enablers and Barriers for Learning Analytics: Implications for Policy and Practice

Data dashboards are based on the idea that numerous individual performance indicators, such as academic achievement and leadership, correct the shortcomings of accountability systems that rely on a single test score or combine indicators into a difficult-to-interpret index. The report offers policy recommendations to help states and districts to develop data dashboards that provide the […]

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Data Dashboard: Accounting for What Matters

May 10, 2017 | Alliance for Excellent Education

Data Dashboard: Accounting for What Matters

The report offers policy recommendations to help states and districts to develop data dashboards that provide the right indicators for their students and teachers and set realistic goals once indicators are in place.

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Privacy and Student Data: An Overview of Federal Laws Impacting Student Information Collected Through Networked Technologies

May 10, 2017 | Berkman Center for Internet and Society

Privacy and Student Data: An Overview of Federal Laws Impacting Student Information Collected Through Networked Technologies

The purpose of this document is to provide schools, parents and students alike with an overview of some of the laws that may apply as schools begin to use networked services to help educate students. All of the relevant statutes – and particularly FERPA – are complex and are the subjects of large bodies of […]

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Student Privacy: The Next Frontier Emerging & Future Privacy Issues in K-12 Learning Environments

May 10, 2017 | Berkman Center for Internet and Society

Student Privacy: The Next Frontier Emerging & Future Privacy Issues in K-12 Learning Environments

This report considers the following four layers of the ed tech ecosystem, each of which informs the others in myriad ways: Technological Infrastructure: What kind of technology can be considered “ed tech”? This layer encompasses cloud infrastructure, the Internet of Things, sensor networks, and other new technologies that facilitate connected learning environments (which transcend the traditional […]

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Youth Perspectives on Tech in Schools: From Mobile Devices to Restrictions and Monitoring

May 10, 2017 | Berkman Center for Internet and Society

Youth Perspectives on Tech in Schools: From Mobile Devices to Restrictions and Monitoring

This research brief is a contribution by the Youth and Media team at the Berkman Center to its Student Privacy Initiative, which seeks to explore the opportunities and challenges that may arise as educational institutions adopt cloud computing technologies. In order to understand the implications of cloud services for student privacy more holistically, it might […]

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Student Privacy and Cloud Computing at the District Level: Next Steps and Key Issues

May 10, 2017 | Berkman Center for Internet and Society

Student Privacy and Cloud Computing at the District Level: Next Steps and Key Issues

This report offers recommended next steps and prioritizes open issues in the K-12 edtech space, with a special emphasis on two topics: (1) law and policy and (2) norms, values, attitudes, and practices, as well as an overarching eye to opportunities for collaboration. It builds from and reflects upon a conversation co-organized by the the […]

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May 10, 2017 | Berkman Center for Internet and Society

K-12 Edtech Cloud Service Inventory

This inventory aims to provide a more concrete survey of the kinds of cloud computing technologies adopted in the K-12 context. It groups services according to the rough functionality they afford, from those common to any organization (collaboration and identity management), through the administrative office (student information systems), to the classroom (learning management and classroom […]

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Integrating Approaches to Privacy across the Research Lifecycle: Long-term Longitudinal Studies

May 10, 2017 | Berkman Center for Internet and Society

Integrating Approaches to Privacy across the Research Lifecycle: Long-term Longitudinal Studies

This report discusses the defining features of long-term longitudinal studies and the associated challenges for researchers tasked with collecting and analyzing such data while protecting the privacy of human subjects. It also describes the disclosure risks and common legal and technical approaches currently used to manage confidentiality in longitudinal data. Finally, it identifies urgent problems […]

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Student Privacy & Data Security: A State Education Agency Discussion Framework

May 10, 2017 | Council of Chief State School Officers

Student Privacy & Data Security: A State Education Agency Discussion Framework

This resource is designed to assist chiefs and state education agency leadership in engaging in a robust and productive conversation within the agency. This guide should be used to support agency leadership in the use of data and technology in meeting their overall vision, mission, and goals.

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