Student Privacy

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IT Infrastructure & Management Los Angeles Unified's AI Meltdown: 5 Ways Districts Can Avoid the Same Mistakes
The district didn't clearly define the problem it was trying to fix with AI, experts say. Instead, it bought into the hype.
Alyson Klein, July 8, 2024
10 min read
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Special Education The Pros and Cons of AI in Special Education
AI can make special educators' jobs easier by handling paperwork and serving as an adaptive tool. But there are privacy and other concerns.
Alyson Klein, May 13, 2024
9 min read
Parents log into Zoom to watch their students participate in a “Basic Facts Bee” on Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2024, at Adlai E. Stevenson Elementary School in Southfield, Mich. Schools often use technology like Zoom to connect and build relationships with parents.
Parents log into Zoom to watch their students participate in a “Basic Facts Bee” on Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2024, at Adlai E. Stevenson Elementary School in Southfield, Mich. A number of technology-based tools have emerged in recent years that make it easier for schools to communicate with parents.
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Families & the Community The Good (and the Bad) of Using Apps to Connect With Parents
Tech platforms are changing the way teachers communicate with families.
Libby Stanford, April 25, 2024
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Privacy & Security What Schools Need to Know About These Federal Data-Privacy Bills
Congress is considering at least three data-privacy bills that could have big implications for schools.
Lauraine Langreo, April 18, 2024
5 min read
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School Climate & Safety Civil Rights Groups Seek Federal Funding Ban on AI-Powered Surveillance Tools
In a letter to the U.S. Department of Education, the coalition argued these tools could violate students' civil rights.
Lauraine Langreo, April 4, 2024
4 min read
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Data A New Digital Divide? Low-Income Students See More Ads in the Tech Their Schools Use
Students from the lowest-income families are the most likely to attend schools that do not systematically vet their education technology.
Arianna Prothero, February 14, 2024
4 min read
Jun Kim, Director of Technology for Moore Public Schools, poses for a portrait outside the Center for Technology on Dec. 13, 2023 in Moore, Okla.
Jun Kim, is the director of technology for the Moore school district in Moore, Okla., He has made securing student data a priority for the district and the state.
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Privacy & Security Q&A Why One Tech Leader Prioritizes Explaining Student Data Privacy to Teachers
Jun Kim, the director of technology for an Oklahoma school district, helped build a statewide database of vetted learning platforms.
Alyson Klein, February 5, 2024
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Jun Kim, Director of Technology for Moore Public Schools, center, leads a data privacy review meeting on Dec. 13, 2023 in Moore, Okla.
Jun Kim, director of technology for the Moore public schools in Moore, Okla., leads a data privacy review for staff.
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IT Infrastructure & Management Leader To Learn From Through Wars, Tornadoes, and Cyberattacks, He's a Guardian of Student Privacy
Jun Kim, the technology director in Moore, Okla., works to make the most of innovations—without endangering student data.
Alyson Klein, February 5, 2024
11 min read
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Classroom Technology 3 Things to Keep in Mind When Vetting AI Tools for the Classroom
Experts from Common Sense Media share their best practices for assessing digital tools.
Lauraine Langreo, January 18, 2024
3 min read
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Privacy & Security Saturn Is a New App for High Schoolers. Here’s Why It Has Educators Concerned
Saturn is billed as a time-management app, but experts see potential privacy concerns in allowing it broad access to students' schedules.
Alyson Klein, November 16, 2023
6 min read
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Classroom Technology Permission Slips to Use ChatGPT? Some Schools Say They're Necessary
Concerns about students' data privacy have prompted some schools to get parental permission before allowing kids to use AI tools.
Alyson Klein, November 7, 2023
3 min read
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Privacy & Security Nonprofit Uses Halloween Run-Up to Showcase 'Scary' Privacy Issues in Learning Apps
Selling data for targeted advertising, sharing it with third party vendors, and vague data privacy policies raise concerns, nonprofit says.
Alyson Klein, October 20, 2023
4 min read
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School Climate & Safety Does Facial Recognition Technology Make Schools Safer? What Educators Need to Know
New York has banned facial recognition technology in schools. Here’s what experts say schools need to consider before using it.
Arianna Prothero, October 13, 2023
7 min read
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School Climate & Safety Surveillance Tech Is Supposed to Make Students Feel Safer. For Many, It Doesn't
Some students say surveillance tech feels like a violation of their privacy, the American Civil Liberties Union reported.
Alyson Klein, October 5, 2023
3 min read