Loyal readers may notice that the weekly round-up of news stories and commentary – A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News – has been on a hiatus for a few weeks. I’ve turned my attention to a new (and eye-opening) research project, which is being released in parts. You can follow along here or wait for announcements of its completion. I’ll surely have much more to say about it over time.
The Reason for a Hiatus
- Scholastic Makes Misleading Privacy, Security Claims in Services Directed to Children — Scholastic, one of the most beloved of all education brands, fails to provide even rudimentary security protections for some of its publicly available digital products directed to children under [...]
- In the News: Student Hackings Highlight Weak K-12 Cybersecurity — The adults have to take responsibility, [...]
- Do We Need New Regulations to Govern the Use of EdTech? — Largely unexamined in the large-scale shift to digital learning in education are the accompanying ethical considerations. Indeed, the issues and tradeoffs that school leaders and teachers face in using technology in schools and for education — whether free or for a fee — are more complex than they have ever been. [...]
- Announcing the K-12 Cybersecurity Resource Center — I'm pleased to announce the beta launch of the K-12 Cybersecurity Resource Center at: https://www.k12cybersecure.com. The K-12 Cybersecurity Resource Center website will be the new home of the K-12 Cyber Incident Map and related cybersecurity resources and commentary. [...]
- In the News: Educational Android Apps Improperly Track Children — Often with their parents' encouragement and supervision, young children are increasingly relying on mobile apps—even services that may not have expressly been designed for them—for learning. While parents have an expectation of privacy for their children when they use these apps, a new study suggests that parents' trust may be misplaced. Of note, some of the brands engaged in tracking [...]