We have a variety of Apple-, Microsoft-, and Google-powered computers in my house. My daily workhorse machine is a (relatively) mighty, but aging MacBook Air. I could recount the ways that each of them fall short for me or bend your proverbial ear to tell you about the type of computing device I really want. In short, I am sick of feeling like I am not in control of my own computer.
I’ve concluded that this is not the future of personal computing I want, so I am switching to Linux.
Technology-related IT security issues will only continue to grow until there is a concerted effort to address them. This week alone, there has been a spate of K-12 specific reported news and incidents – involving student and teacher data breaches, ransomware, phishing, and hacked accounts. There is a lot at stake in addressing the root cause of these issues, and building support to address them should be in everyone’s interests.
“If you can handle the bull, you can handle the classroom.”
The NEA covers personalized learning in its membership magazine. BoingBoing’s Cory Doctorow covers student privacy in parent agreements for school-issued laptops. Richard Colvin takes on the New York Times’ Google in K-12 coverage. Fire, meet gasoline.
In which I implore us to move beyond claims of “hit jobs” and “fear mongering” to fact based discussions of whether and where new guardrails may be needed to avoid conflicts of interest and the undermining of the democratic underpinnings of public schools brought about by the dramatic, technology-enabled changes remaking U.S. schools.
What privacy rights should K-12 students be entitled to when using school-owned/-leased devices, if any? What privacy rights should they have when that use happens at home? Are students entitled to different privacy rights when using the devices for personal reasons (in the cases where such use is allowed or encouraged)? Do students’ family members who […]
The choice by education leaders to obfuscate and excuse the trading away of our children’s communications and information (about their social lives, emotions, and behaviors) in exchange for discounted school technology is neither a good deal for schools nor the only way that schools can afford technology.
If you read one story this week about the state of technology in U.S. K-12 schools, let the New York Times piece by Natasha Singer be the one. I am pleased to have been able to share my perspective in the article and very interested to see the rest of this series.