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Privacy & Security Massive Shift to Remote Learning Prompts Big Data Privacy Concerns
An unprecedented number of online interactions between teachers and students from their respective homes introduce new privacy questions that lack easy answers.
Mark Lieberman, March 26, 2020
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Equity & Diversity Quiz Quiz Yourself: What Does Census Data Tell Us About Education in the U.S.?
Quiz yourself: What do census statistics reveal about school enrollment, classroom diversity, and education outcomes?
David Rosenzweig, February 11, 2020
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Special Report The New World of Work
Students may need new and different skills—such as creativity or data know how—to thrive in the emerging economy. This special report explores what some schools are doing to meet those needs and what employers want from their new hires.
February 5, 2020
Senior Emily Cardona and her teacher Megan Pap, center, confer on a classroom project using data on teenage depression in the Introduction to Data Science class at Renaissance High School for the Arts in Long Beach, Calif.
Senior Emily Cardona and her teacher Megan Pap, center, confer on a classroom project using data on teenage depression in the Introduction to Data Science class at Renaissance High School for the Arts in Long Beach, Calif.
Patrick T. Fallon for Education Week
College & Workforce Readiness Teaching Students to Wrangle 'Big Data'
In a labor market hungry for employees who can work with data, some high schools have begun to offer a new breed of classes in data science.
Catherine Gewertz, February 4, 2020
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School & District Management Education Research Agency Looks to Leverage Big Data, Reduce Costs
The Institute of Education Sciences has proposed new research priorities.
Sarah D. Sparks, March 27, 2019
2 min read
Privacy & Security U.S. House Hearing on Algorithms & Big Data: 5 Takeaways for Schools
Massive data collection and algorithmic bias are big concerns with no easy answers, experts told the House Energy and Commerce Committee on Wednesday.
Benjamin Herold, November 29, 2017
7 min read
School & District Management Big Data in Education Needs Better Outreach, National Report Says
The National Academy of Education is urging researchers to talk more about data, and question more how companies get large data collections.
Sarah D. Sparks, May 22, 2017
2 min read
School Choice & Charters Opinion Schools and the Freedom Struggle in an Orwellian World
In the age of the smart machine and Big Data, educators are called to find common ground across partisan divides in the fight for freedom against the looming dangers of an Orwellian world. The old idea of schools and colleges as social centers, or civic sites, is a resource.
Harry C. Boyte, March 6, 2017
5 min read
Data Analytics in K-12 Schools: Big Data, or Big Brother?
From classroom cameras to new personalization algorithms, tech startup AltSchool is raising new questions about educational surveillance and unregulated data science experiments.
Benjamin Herold, January 11, 2016
3 min read
Middle school students in teacher Christie Seyfert’s class watch their daily CNN Student News video at the AltSchool Fort Mason campus in San Francisco. The school is one of six private schools run by AltSchool, a technology startup with aggressive plans to use student data to personalize learning.
Middle school students in teacher Christie Seyfert’s class watch their daily CNN Student News video at the AltSchool Fort Mason campus in San Francisco. The school is one of six private schools run by AltSchool, a technology startup with aggressive plans to use student data to personalize learning.
Ramin Rahimian for Education Week
School Choice & Charters The Future of Big Data and Analytics in K-12 Education
Tech startup AltSchool wants to push the boundaries of classroom data collection and personalized learning. But are schools ready for the big data revolution?
Benjamin Herold, January 11, 2016
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Career Advice Opinion How BIG Data Can Inform and Innovate HR in K-12 Education
In today's data-rich, technology-driven world, being a "data nerd" is cool. Even Harvard Business Review noted "data scientist" as one of the sexist jobs. While BIG data is making headlines globally, if used in appropriate ways, HR data can teach us a great deal about an individual's drivers and behavior, performance, needs, and their potential.
Emily Douglas-McNab, June 8, 2015
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Curriculum 'Big Data' Skills Not Being Taught in K-12, Experts Say
A new "occupational skills profile" for big-data specialists outlines the relevant knowledge that professionals say is not being provided in K-12.
Benjamin Herold, December 17, 2014
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Ken Koedinger, a professor of human-computer interaction and psychology at Carnegie Mellon University, leads researchers building a database to analyze learning and behavioral information that students generate when they use digital-learning tools.
Ken Koedinger, a professor of human-computer interaction and psychology at Carnegie Mellon University, leads researchers building a database to analyze learning and behavioral information that students generate when they use digital-learning tools.
Data 'Big Data' Research Effort Faces Student-Privacy Questions
A coalition of prominent research universities is receiving federal support to redesign and scale up a massive repository for analyzing learning and behavioral data.
Benjamin Herold, October 21, 2014
8 min read
Education Opinion Privacy, Anonymity, and Big Data in the Social Sciences
A recent article suggests that open science may be irreconcilable with anonymous data, requiring a reconsideration of how we protect privacy in educational data.
Justin Reich, August 17, 2014
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