Blog Profile / funnymonkey

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Archived Since:March 4, 2008

Blog Post Archive

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

Manufactured Crisis: Education Schools and the National Council on Teacher Quality

The National Council on Teacher Quality put out a report that is it describing as "an unprecedented evaluation of more than 1,100 colleges and universities that prepare elementary and secondary teachers." Let's take a step back fromShow More Summary

Bullying: One Kid Talking To Another About Not Taking A Test

While collecting up my thoughts after the Portland Public Schools Common Core event last week, I came across this set of talking points written by the district "as a support to principals and teachers to understand State of Oregon requirements...Show More Summary

How Common Core Should Be Rolled Out

After attending the Portland Public Schools Common Core parent event, I've been thinking about the event, the people tasked to staff it, and the split between the Common Core standards, what our kids will be taught as a result of the...Show More Summary

Parent Information Night On The Common Core

Last night, on Tuesday, June 12th, I attended what was called a "Parent's Academy" on the in-progress Common Core rollout. The event was put on by Portland Public Schools. The goal of the event was stated clearly on one of the handouts...Show More Summary

Hiding Behind Metadata

In reading through the coverage of the ongoing data collection by the government, one of the ways that people obfuscate the depth of the privacy intrusion is by hiding behind the term "metadata." David Brooks, in NPR's Week In Politics,...Show More Summary

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