Are You Concerned About Data Privacy? A New Initiative Can Help

April 12, 2016

Key Takeaways for District Leaders

  • Common Sense Media’s education division has teamed up with more than 40 school systems to launch the Privacy Evaluation Initiative.
  • The initiative is “wide open to further participation” by other school systems.
  • Even districts that don’t take part themselves can benefit from the program.
  • The Privacy Evaluation Initiative comes as data privacy awareness has grown among K-12 leaders.

If you’re worried about the data privacy and information security practices of the technologies used in your schools, a new initiative from Common Sense Media can help you evaluate these practices.

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Topics: Superintendents, Privacy, CTO, EdTech News and Info, Dennis Pierce

Four Services That Can Help with Ed-Tech Purchasing

March 29, 2016

Finding, evaluating, and buying the right technologies can be hard for K-12 leaders—but a number of new services promise to help.

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Topics: CFO, CTO, EdTech News and Info, Dennis Pierce

New State Laws Reveal a Shift in Thinking on Student Data Privacy

March 3, 2016

Key Takeaways for District Leaders

  • Student privacy is important for schools but state regulations are shifting from prohibition to governance.
  • States are shifting the responsibility for ensuring the proper use of student data from school districts to service providers.
  • Laws like SOPIPA can help prevent companies from using student data for marketing purposes but district leaders should still look for vendors with a track record of protecting student privacy.
  • The Student Privacy Pledge is one way vendors can help districts know more about their commitment to student data privacy.

While U.S. states continue to focus on how best to ensure the privacy of student information in the digital age, a new analysis by the Data Quality Campaign (DQC) suggests the focus of this conversation is shifting in ways that have important implications for K-12 schools.

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Topics: Superintendents, Privacy, CTO, EdTech News and Info, California, Dennis Pierce

Are You Paying Too Much for Broadband? Try This New Tool to Find Out

March 1, 2016

Key Takeaways for CTOs

  • A new tool from EducationSuperHighway can help you negotiate a better deal with your broadband provider.
  • The tool is a result of a new rule designed to let EdTech leaders see how much other schools are paying for similar services and increase transparency.
  • It's already showing results; One school received 500 percent more bandwidth for a 15 percent increase in costs.
  • To use the tool, go to www.compareandconnectk12.org and then type in the name of a school district you’d like to compare.

Knowledge is power, and that’s certainly true when you’re discussing the cost of broadband service for your schools. If you knew how much similar-sized districts in your area were paying for internet access, you might be able to negotiate a better deal with your service provider. Now, a new tool from EducationSuperHighway might help.

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Topics: Resources, Virgina, CTO, EdTech News and Info, Dennis Pierce

Protecting Student Privacy in a Digital Age

February 29, 2016


Key Takeaways for Superintendents and CTOs

  • Protecting student privacy is of growing importance in a digital age.
  • District administrators and school board members have a responsibility to evaluate the district's methods for storing and sharing student data.
  • Student healthcare data is particularly sensitive and now falls under the protection of FERPA (not HIPAA).
  • District administrators need to be mindful of the pitfalls of sharing student survey data, using free software solutions, and can consider app filtering.

Dr. Lawrence Borland is not only the school board president for the Franklin Regional School District in Pennsylvania, he’s also a self-described “privacy guy.” That’s why he has become very involved in how and why the district releases any information about its students.

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Topics: Superintendents, Privacy, CTO, EdTech News and Info, Franklin Regional School District, Pennsylvania

Under-Connected Families and K-12 Schools

February 24, 2016

Key Takeaways for District Leaders

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Topics: CTO, EdTech News and Info, Dennis Pierce

Nine Ways to Reduce or Avoid Superintendent/Board Friction

February 16, 2016

James Capolupo has a decade of experience as a superintendent building strong relationships with school board members. The former superintendent of the Springfield School District in Pennsylvania knows that the relationship between the district’s leader and its school board can directly impact its students.

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Topics: Superintendents, Springfield School District, Best Practices, EdTech News and Info, Pennsylvania

Why K-12 Technology Inventory Matters

February 10, 2016

By Dr. Ramiro Zuniga

Technology inventory is a key part of district technology management but it is often neglected.

Two Reasons to Maintain Complete and Accurate Inventory

There are two great reasons to maintain your K-12 technology inventory; planning and theft reduction.

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Topics: Best Practices, CTO, EdTech News and Info, Ramiro Zuniga

Nine Ways Superintendents Can Build Strong School Board Relationships

February 3, 2016

James Capolupo has worked at virtually every level of education, from high school band director to elementary principal to university associate dean. The job he considers to be among the most important, though, was his decade-long stint as superintendent of the Springfield School District in Pennsylvania.

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Topics: Superintendents, Springfield School District, Best Practices, EdTech News and Info, Pennsylvania

STEAM Program Engages Disadvantaged Students and Community Partners

January 28, 2016

A group of fourth- and fifth-grade students at Carter & MacRae Elementary School in Lancaster, Pa., was tasked with solving a problem: A local baker who uses a 12-foot-deep oven was having trouble baking his small, round rolls. Oftentimes, as he pushed them in or pulled them out of the oven, a few rolled off the tray, leaving him scrambling for a way to grab them before they burned in the back of the oven.

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Topics: Superintendents, EdTech News and Info, Pennsylvania