Other Resources for K-12

The Invisible Fence and Data Privacy

August 30, 2017 | Ferpa Sherpa

The Invisible Fence and Data Privacy

Hundreds of teachers have shared stories about finding great ed tech tools and implementing them in their classrooms–only to be made aware of potential student data privacy concerns. For many, it’s like an invisible fence we don’t know about until we’re jolted by an incident.

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The Structural Consequences of Big Data-Driven Education

July 13, 2017 | Elana Zeide

The Structural Consequences of Big Data-Driven Education

Educators and commenters who evaluate big data-driven learning environments focus on specific questions: whether automated education platforms improve learning outcomes, invade student privacy, and promote equality. This article puts aside separate unresolved—and perhaps unresolvable—issues regarding the concrete effects of specific technologies. It instead examines how big data-driven tools alter the structure of schools’ pedagogical decision-making, […]

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Model Webpage: Utah SBE Student Data Privacy

June 26, 2017 | Utah State Board of Education

Model Webpage: Utah SBE Student Data Privacy

Student Data Privacy Webpage for the Utah SEA, with resources for parents, LEAs, teachers, as well as information on Utah policies, federal and state law, and training.

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From Apps to Announcements: Increasing School-Parent Engagement with Communications Technology

June 26, 2017 | West's Education Group (SchoolMessenger)

From Apps to Announcements: Increasing School-Parent Engagement with Communications Technology

West’s Education group, the provider of SchoolMessenger solutions, surveyed hundreds of K-12 administrators across the United States to discover district attitudes about parent engagement and communication technology. The survey reveals: What districts rate as the most effective forms of communication for engaging parents Favorite channels for various forms of communications (i.e. one-way vs. two-way communication) […]

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Model Webpage: Smithfield Public Schools

June 26, 2017 | Smithfield Public Schools, Rhode Island

Model Webpage: Smithfield Public Schools

Smithfield provides an informational webpage that informs parents about the applications used in the district, the purposes for which they are being used and what information they collect. The webpage also provides links where parents can see the privacy policy, terms and conditions and other relevant information about the educational applications.

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PTAC Teacher Training Focus Groups Report

June 26, 2017 | PTAC, U.S. Department of Education

PTAC Teacher Training Focus Groups Report

The Privacy Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) conducted a series of focus groups to gain insight into teachers’ needs for training on student privacy and the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). This report documents the findings of these focus groups, as well as recommendations on how to develop new student privacy and FERPA training […]

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The Top 10: Student Privacy News (May – June 2017)

June 21, 2017 | Amelia Vance

The Top 10: Student Privacy News (May – June 2017)

The Future of Privacy Forum tracks student privacy news very closely, and shares relevant news stories with our newsletter subscribers.* Approximately every month, we post “The Top 10,” a blog with our top student privacy stories. This blog is cross-posted at www.fpf.org.  The Top 10 FPF has relaunched FERPA|Sherpa! The site now includes: Revamped sections for parents, schools […]

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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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