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
- 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 [...]
- Podcast: Schools prove soft targets for hackers — Like big businesses, schools gather a lot of data. Unlike big businesses, they don't have many IT and security resources to protect that information. Schools collect names and birth dates, social security numbers, discipline records and health records. With this data, thieves can create fake online identities, or sell the students' information and [...]
- In the News: Schools Should Delete Facebook — According to recent research by EdTech Strategies, more than 25 percent of school district websites embed user tracking tools that report sensitive user data back to Facebook. In the wake of a high-profile data-privacy scandal involving the social media company, schools and education organizations are taking a closer look at how and why they engage with Facebook. [...]
- In the News: Potential K-12 Fallout From Facebook’s Crisis of Trust — Student data privacy advocates say the storm clouds around Facebook from the evolving Cambridge Analytica scandal are a reminder that schools, educators, and students should be asking tough questions about the third-party services on which they rely. [...]
- In the News: How Educational Institutions Are Failing to Adequately Protect Student Data — Cyber criminals' increased interest in attacking education systems imperils students' financial futures and privacy, and gives parents a reason to question whether schools are up to the task of protecting their kids' personal [...]