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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 may be quite familiar to readers…

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Five EdTech Story Ideas for Education Reporters

This week, education reporters from across the nation are gathering at the 2017 Education Writers Association National Seminar (#EWA17) in Washington, DC. Among the topics they will focus on is technology in education (AKA “digital learning”). To that end, I suggest five story ideas for reporters interested in the topic, as well as an admonition to go easy on the edtech jargon.

Pretty please.

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A Real and Present Student Data Privacy Threat

According to an alarming new study, school districts are routinely sharing individual student data about discipline with colleges as part of the admissions process, and colleges are in turn using that data to deny admissions to students. With no empirical evidence to support the practice, a lack of written policy, and demonstrable harm to students, this practice must cease.

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Why Are We Biased Against Games for Learning?

Games for learning advocates take note. A new study reveals that parents of young children are more likely to say technology and media has a positive effect on young children’s creativity and basic educational skills. However, the one medium that runs counter to this trend is video games, for which a majority of parents hold negative views in terms of its impact on learning. I can offer no compelling armchair hypothesis for why parents are so negative about the educational impact of games. It seems as if there is some cultural bias at play that is anti-gaming – and I believe undeservedly so.

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