To Advance Learning, Addressing Privacy Fears Is Essential

January 22, 2019 | Alan Simpson

To Advance Learning, Addressing Privacy Fears Is Essential

Too often, debates about students’ privacy are conducted within an isolated context of digital privacy law, instead of where they really belong––within discussions about improving teaching and learning. Parents are becoming more worried about students’ privacy because they hear a lot about risks and not enough about how students’ information can advance teaching and learning. […]

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Easy Tips for Keeping Student Data Safe When Taking Your Work Home

January 9, 2019 | Susan M. Bearden

Easy Tips for Keeping Student Data Safe When Taking Your Work Home

Cloud services make it easy: save your document to the cloud and access it from work the next day, without the hassle of emailing yourself files or carrying around a flash drive. But are they a safe way to store grades or confidential student data? To help you keep student data safe and avoid getting into trouble with your IT department (or worse!), let’s compare cloud service designed for consumer use vs. those services contracted by your school or district.

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School Safety Report Neglects Privacy Concerns

December 20, 2018 | Amelia Vance

School Safety Report Neglects Privacy Concerns

By Sara Collins, Tyler Park, and Amelia Vance Yesterday, the Federal Commission on School Safety released a report detailing its conclusions, after holding a series of meetings and hearings in the wake of school shootings such as the one at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida in February 14th. Nearly every aspect of the […]

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Voice Assistants in the Classroom: Useful Tool or Privacy Problem?

November 18, 2018 | Susan Bearden

Voice Assistants in the Classroom: Useful Tool or Privacy Problem?

Voice assistants such as Amazon Echo and Google Home are used by consumers to help automate common tasks such as home heating and lighting, listening to music, searching the internet, making online purchases, and sending emails. While some consumer tools have an education version with privacy policies and terms of service agreements specifically geared towards educational use, Amazon Echo and Google Home do not.

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FERPA Higher Ed Fact Sheets

October 9, 2018 | Sara Collins, Trevor Schmitt, and Amelia Vance

FERPA Higher Ed Fact Sheets

Future of Privacy Forum has published a set of fact sheets giving a quick but comprehensive overview of institutions’ responsibilities over the student data they collect and use. The first resource is a Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) 101 for Higher Education. It explains what FERPA covers, students’ rights under FERPA, as well […]

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