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Archived Since:March 4, 2008

Blog Post Archive

Apple's Plan For Managing COPPA Consent Has A Couple Problems

For schools running programs using Apple hardware, Apple has set up a guide to streamline the process of creating an Apple ID for each student. This guide includes a section on creating accounts for students under the age of 13:

Wherefore Art Thou, Google Apps For Edu Terms of Service?

Trying to find Google's Apps for Education Terms of Service page is akin to spending a weekend unicorn hunting while quaffing cocktails from the Holy Grail.

Notes from the Privacy Presentation at the Portland EdTech Meetup

Last night, I had the opportunity to present on privacy issues in educational technology to the Portland EdTech meetup. We had about 45 minutes to talk, which let us scratch the surface. We also had a good mix of vendors, people from higher ed, and people from K12. I'd love to see parents and (gasp) students in the mix at future events.

More Privacy, All the Time

As is very obvious to the three regular readers of the FunnyMonkey blog, we care about privacy. Our work around privacy comes directly from our belief that learner agency and learner control are both essential elements in education, and frequently ignored elements of our educational process. Show More Summary

Avoidable Privacy Snafus: Multiple Sets of Terms for the Same Service

If you are building and selling an EdTech product, you can benefit from having people on the sales and marketing teams go through the user-facing interface of your product. As part of this process, you should also have members of these teams read through your terms of service and privacy policies.

Putting Policies On GitHub

Over the last few years, we have been looking at ways in which privacy policies and data stewardship can be improved. Over that time, one of the issues we have encountered repeatedly is that it is difficult to track how and why policies change over time. Show More Summary

Things I Can't Believe I Need To Say: Yes, Doxxing is Bad

In the recent days, people have attempted to justify doxxing. Ironically, a person was doxxed in the name of student privacy. I didn't think that it would be necessary - in the education space - to have a conversation about why doxxing is a very bad idea, but here we are. I left the text below as a comment but I wanted to post this here as well so I have a copy.

Pearson, PARCC, and Social Media Monitoring

As part of their work on PARCC, Pearson appears to be monitoring social media accounts for mention of the test. This monitoring appears to make no distinctions between student accounts, teacher accounts, or anyone else.

Making Sound Technical Investments

Recently technical debt has been getting more discussion. That is a good thing. Just like in the "real world" strategic debt can be useful. Historically, investing in advanced education such as college or trade school has been a sound investment. Show More Summary

PPS School Climate Survey - Now With an Updated Privacy Policy

On January 20th, 2015, Portland Public Schools launched a school climate survey as part of a first effort to get more feedback, more regularly from parents within the District....

Scale for Engagement

I've been thinking about the idea of scale, and how our current conceptions of scale are askew....

What Opt Out Leaves Out - On Disaggregated Data

The opt out movement is gaining steam. However, current opt out efforts often overlook or gloss over one essential element in the current educational landscape: disaggregated data at the school and district level....

Two Steps That Would Improve EdTech Security Practice Immediately

Natasha Singer has a couple of very strong articles highlighting weak or nonexistent security practices within many education technology (or EdTech) companies....

A Question For All EdTech Companies

I'm not one to bury the lede, so here's the question: If you are a company that markets a product to learners, parents, teachers, schools, or districts, how does claiming the right to sell user data in case of bankruptcy improve your...Show More Summary

Privacy Policies: Risk Mitigation and Strategy

Privacy Policies and Terms of Service specify the rules under which an application can be used. They cover a lot of ground, and in this post, we are going to leave a lot out and focus on one specific element of the policies: how data collected by an application gets handled if the structure of the company changes.

We Have An Assessment Problem

The Civil Rights Project has an updated report on rates of suspension in schools that came out on February 23rd. The report has some great details that show the scope of the issues facing us as we attempt to dismantle the school to prison pipeline.

When Will Apple, Google, and Microsoft Require Encryption For Educational Apps?

Microsoft, Google, and Apple all maintain app stores with sections dedicated to education....

Clever Updates Their Privacy Policy, and Does It Well

Clever recently updated their privacy terms, and their method and process provides a good example for other companies to replicate....

Who Needs RFID Tracking If You Have A 1:1 iPad Program?

While not widespread, a fair number of school districts have used RFID tracking devices to track the location of school kids. From the perspective of a school or district, using RFID to track kids can have some negative side effectsShow More Summary

If A Test Falls In A Classroom

It is difficult to keep up with the amount of misinformation spewed on a regular basis about the Common Core standards. The conversation is complicated because, depending on who is talking, the words "Common Core" can mean any one, or...Show More Summary

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