Other Resources for K-12

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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Parents: Raise Your Hand and Ask Schools How They Protect Student Data

September 10, 2018 | Amelia Vance

Parents: Raise Your Hand and Ask Schools How They Protect Student Data

As you send your child off to start a new school year, you may have questions about how your child’s teachers are using new technologies, such as tablets, computers, apps, or online learning platforms. What kind of information will they collect, and how will it affect child’s privacy? With all of the new educational technology in classrooms, it can be hard to know what questions to ask. Here are the 7 most important questions that parents should ask about student privacy during this school year.

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Ensuring School Safety While Also Protecting Privacy

June 7, 2018 | Amelia Vance

Ensuring School Safety While Also Protecting Privacy

Amelia Vance, FPF’s Director of Education Privacy, spoke at the Federal Commission on Student Safety’s Listening Session. She asked that any Commission recommendations include the need for privacy “guardrails” around school safety measures to ensure that student privacy and equity are protected.

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State Action to Streamline Compliance: The Connecticut Story

January 16, 2018 | Ferpa Sherpa

State Action to Streamline Compliance: The Connecticut Story

The letter and intent of privacy laws define compliance standards for school districts and other stakeholders, but who supports the translation of statute into practice? National organizations can provide general frameworks and guidelines, but — as is the case in Connecticut — the onus of achieving and maintaining compliance falls on local leaders and software providers.

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2017 Education Data Legislation Review

October 27, 2017 | Data Quality Campaign

2017 Education Data Legislation Review

Over the past decade, states have made enormous progress in collecting, using, and reporting education data in service of learning—although state legislation has primarily focused on implementing the robust privacy and security protections and data governance structures that make data use safe. In the 2017 legislative session, data privacy continued to be a focus with more […]

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iKeepSafe Educator Training Course

October 23, 2017 | iKeepSafe

iKeepSafe Educator Training Course

Growing concerns about student data privacy can create hurdles for K12 educators working to expand access to edtech and digital innovations. Today’s teachers and administrators need to understand how student personal information is used and improve student privacy protections in order to strengthen parent confidence in digital learning. iKeepSafe’s training course for data privacy in […]

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Model: CO Data Privacy & Security Website

October 23, 2017 | Colorado Department of Education

Model: CO Data Privacy & Security Website

In this age of data-driven decision making, data is foundational to the success of the process. Whether discussing student-achievement, program monitoring, education funding, accountability or any other education-related conversation, data is at the center of the discussion. The Colorado Department of Education (CDE) is required by state and federal law to collect and store student […]

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