Data Privacy

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Classroom Technology Monitoring or Blocking What Students Do Online Poses All Kinds of Problems
Schools need to do a better job examining the downsides of monitoring students online behavior and blocking internet content, says a report.
Arianna Prothero, September 20, 2023
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Privacy & Security Districts, Take Note: Privacy Is Rare in Apps Used in Schools
Not protecting students' data privacy can cause real-world harms.
Arianna Prothero, July 20, 2023
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Privacy & Security Most Tech Companies Profit Off Student Data, Even If They Say Otherwise, Report Finds
Nearly three-quarters of the most popular apps and online platforms likely profit from user data, according to Common Sense Media.
Alyson Klein, July 18, 2023
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This photo, taken in New York on July 6, 2023, shows Meta's new app Threads. Meta unveiled the app to rival Twitter, targeting users looking for an alternative to the social media platform owned — and frequently changed — by Elon Musk.
Meta's Threads is the newest competitor to Twitter, which some educators say has been on a “down slope” in recent months.
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Classroom Technology What Is Threads? Here’s What Educators Think About the Newest Twitter Alternative
Meta's new competitor to Twitter launched on July 5, and many educators are already using it.
Lauraine Langreo, July 13, 2023
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The icon for TikTok pictured in New York on Feb. 25, 2020.
The icon for TikTok pictured in New York on Feb. 25, 2020.
Ed-Tech Policy TikTok Is Raising National Security, Privacy Concerns. Should Educators Steer Clear?
The social media video app is raising national security concerns that could ultimately get the platform banned in the U.S.
Alyson Klein, March 22, 2023
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Privacy & Security Q&A What Educators Need to Know About Ed-Tech Companies' Data Privacy Policies
A data privacy expert weighs in on what K-12 district leaders need to look out for when reviewing privacy policies.
Lauraine Langreo, February 1, 2023
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Privacy & Security District Leaders Are More Worried Than Ever About Data Privacy. New Center Aims to Help
Parents are asking more questions about data privacy issues related to the technologies schools are using.
Alyson Klein, January 5, 2023
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Privacy & Security Most Teachers Think Cyberattacks Won't Affect Schools. District Leaders Disagree
Teachers and district leaders perceive cybersecurity vulnerabilities differently, according to a survey.
Lauraine Langreo & Alyson Klein, January 5, 2023
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Privacy & Security How Can Schools Reduce the Risk of Cyberattacks?
Cyberattacks are costly to K-12 schools, not just in terms of money, but also in how much instructional time students lose.
Lauraine Langreo, December 13, 2022
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Ed-Tech Policy All That Ed Tech Schools Bought During the Pandemic Won’t Improve Equity. Here's Why
Product design, limited organizational capacity, and the dangers of digital surveillance are all barriers, four experts told Education Week.
Benjamin Herold, November 28, 2022
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Privacy & Security VR Devices Collect 'Intimate' Data, Lack Privacy Protections. Should Schools Invest?
A nonprofit examined the most popular VR devices on the market and found privacy problems with all of them.
Alyson Klein, November 18, 2022
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Ed-Tech Policy What Educators Should Know About Biden's 'AI Bill of Rights'
The White House outlined some core principles that address the pitfalls of artificial intelligence.
Alyson Klein, October 24, 2022
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Classroom Technology 5 Ways to Use Technology to Improve Teaching and Learning
Here's an outline of the priorities schools need to address, with links to helpful resources.
Lesly Moore, April 29, 2022
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IT Infrastructure & Management Stopping Cyberattacks Is Top Priority for Ed-Tech Leaders. But Many Underestimate the Risk
Most K-12 district tech leaders rate common cybersecurity threats as just low or medium risk, survey shows.
Alyson Klein, April 26, 2022
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