Reviews on Data Privacy Related to Educational Technology Tools
A group of K–12 educators concerned about data privacy has created an online searchable library called Check the Privacy, which contains information on more than 7,000 edtech tools and programs. The searchable library will be available before the 2019–2020 school year. Teachers will be able use the database to choose the safest products and ensure the security of student data privacy. Check the Privacy will include a brief description of each product, a place for educators to write and read reviews, information on price, and additional privacy resources and snapshots from education privacy groups such as Project Unicorn, Data Quality Campaign, Future of Privacy Forum, and Student Data Privacy Consortium. As companies shut down, new ones launch, and others evolve, Check the Privacy’s Learn team and advisory board of 20 state and district leaders will update the library to ensure that privacy information for products is current.
Amazon has enabled Alexa users to donate money toward back-to-school supplies for children in need. Users simply say, “Alexa, donate to Happy School Year,” to be guided through a $25 donation to fill a student backpack.
Across the United States, students are returning to school amidst another nationwide tragedy. And once again, teachers are faced with the challenge of establishing a positive, safe, and reflective classroom in the wake of horrific violence. The staff of Facing History and Ourselves has produced the Teaching Idea “Teaching in the Wake of Violence” to help educators address recent attacks.