Whose Data is it Anyway???

October 23, 2015

Whose Data is it Anyway???

A year ago I had the honor to participate in a panel at SXSWedu called “Whose Data is it Anyway”, it was an engaging conversation in which we addressed, head on the issue of student ownership of data. The tension in the debate between acknowledging student ownership and privacy was interesting in that there are […]

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Student “surveillance” and their right to privacy

October 15, 2015

Student “surveillance” and their right to privacy

When I was in school (yes, dinosaurs still roamed the earth), we used to cover our notebooks or tests with our hands because we didn’t want others to see our work. We wanted to keep our school work private. When we ask our kids what they did in school we get the timeless classic “nothing” […]

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The Parent survey: what does it really mean?

October 1, 2015

The Parent survey: what does it really mean?

The Future of Privacy Forum released a parent survey appropriately called “Beyond the Fear Factor” that asked parents how they really feel about data. I didn’t participate in the survey so I don’t get to skew the results but I can certainly report on it. What the survey tells us is that most parents understand […]

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A privacy maze

September 18, 2015

A privacy maze

We moved. We left our beloved Brooklyn for a new State to call home. Moving means not just a new house but new routines, new friends and new schools! And as excited and anxious as the kids were to start in new schools, well, so was I. The schools are great, we’re slowly making new […]

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What do parents think about student data privacy?

September 10, 2015

What do parents think about student data privacy?

I know that nobody asked me what I thought about student data privacy when I began inquiring about my children’s education records and how their privacy was protected, but now the Future of Privacy Forum conducted a survey that showed that the majority of parents with children in the K-12 environment are concerned about the […]

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Should we all opt out?

August 30, 2015

Should we all opt out?

A new school year is just around the corner and my kids will be attending new schools. Not only am I excited about the school year ahead and the experiences of being in a new school, I am also curious to see what kind of Directory Information opt out forms we receive. Should we all […]

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Is student data really daunting?

August 21, 2015

Is student data really daunting?

Should we be afraid of student data? More often than not, the conversations around student data revolve around security and privacy concerns. What will happen if there is a data breach? What about security? Are we safekeeping student data adequately? But the reality is that student data is exciting. There is value in data that […]

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When privacy becomes too private

August 14, 2015

When privacy becomes too private

Is it possible that in our effort to protect our kid’s privacy we make it too private? Let me put it this way, what happens when we make privacy laws so restrictive that someone can go to jail for using their information? Well, it has happened in Louisiana and the law basically states that if […]

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Having the Talk?

August 6, 2015

Having the Talk?

The new school year is about to start and so is the season when parents are posting pictures on social media of their adorable moppets going back to school. But in today’s connected world their pictures can circulate the online world to a wide audience instead of going into a hardcopy scrapbook only to be […]

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