Student Privacy

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Ed-Tech Policy New York Banned Facial Recognition in Schools. Will Other States Follow?
New York schools are prohibited from using the widely criticized biometric identifying technology until at least July 2022.
Mark Lieberman, December 30, 2020
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Classroom Technology How Google Classroom Is Changing Teaching: Q&A With Researcher Carlo Perrotta
The popular software is bringing the “logics of datafication, automation, surveillance, and interoperability" to schools, researchers say.
Benjamin Herold, December 17, 2020
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Data Using Student Data to Identify Future Criminals: A Privacy Debacle
A police department uses sensitive school data to keep a secret list of students it deems as at risk of engaging in criminal behavior.
Mark Lieberman, November 24, 2020
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Classroom Technology As Teachers Livestream Classes, Privacy Issues Arise
When in-person classes are livestreamed to distance learners, every heated class debate, teacher mistake, and student outburst is on display and might be recorded.
Sarah Schwartz, August 20, 2020
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Privacy & Security School Reopenings Bring Wave of COVID-19 Student-Data-Privacy Concerns
Safely storing videos of classroom lessons and protecting sensitive health information will be a challenge.
Benjamin Herold, August 11, 2020
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Assessment Briefly Stated Briefly Stated: Stories You May Have Missed
A collection of stories you may have missed.
April 28, 2020
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Erin Honeycutt, the principal of Lamar Elementary School in Meridian, Miss., sets up a “Zoom” class for 1st through 5th graders to run an art lesson online.
Erin Honeycutt, the principal of Lamar Elementary School in Meridian, Miss., sets up a “Zoom” class for 1st through 5th graders to run an art lesson online.
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Privacy & Security Zoom Use Skyrockets During Coronavirus Pandemic, Prompting Wave of Problems for Schools
Schools across the country are evaluating their use of the videoconferencing tool, some banning it and others trying to use it safely.
Mark Lieberman, April 3, 2020
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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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Privacy & Security Using Amazon Echo, Google Home to Learn: Skill of the Future or Bad Idea?
The growing popularity of voice-activated technologies is forcing educators to think about the role such tools play in preparing students for the jobs of the future.
Mark Lieberman, February 4, 2020
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Privacy & Security Opinion The Cyber-Security Problem Schools and Ed. Tech Need to Face
Good intentions alone don't protect our children's personally identifying information, writes Global Cyber Risk's Joel Schwarz.
Joel Schwarz, January 30, 2020
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School Climate & Safety Briefly Stated Briefly Stated: Stories You May Have Missed
A special state panel in Wisconsin has rejected a financially strapped district's request to dissolve.
January 14, 2020
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Privacy & Security TikTok: Powerful Teaching Tool or Classroom Management Nightmare?
Some teachers are adding the video-sharing platform into their lessons. But cyberbullying and data privacy are big concerns, experts say.
Alyson Klein, November 13, 2019
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Privacy & Security School Board Member's Use of Student Records Stirs Dust-Up
A little story out of Lexington, Ky., raises some big questions for K-12 districts to consider on how to handle ongoing murkiness over student privacy, open-records laws, and how candidates for school boards should best communicate with their constituents.
Stephen Sawchuk, October 22, 2019
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Privacy & Security Opinion How the Ed. Department Threw a Wrench in Student-Privacy Laws
An incoherent FERPA rule change is facing legal challenges. As it should, writes Frank D. LoMonte.
Frank D. Lomonte, October 1, 2019
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