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Advancing Data Interoperability in Public Education—3 Pain Points and Their Solutions

Remember your paper mache days? Globbing a bunch of unrelated newspaper scraps together to assemble a lumpy self-portrait? Now imagine that in order to evaluate what you learned, your teacher has to carefully deconstruct your mask, read each gluey snippet, and make a determination about your learning. A lack of data interoperability in education is like asking a teacher to understand a student’s performance by:

Passwords, Permissions and Student Data—How One District Got Account Provisioning Right

The adoption of online educational resources has placed applications and digital files at the center of the teaching and learning experience in K-12 schools. As the number of students and teachers who must log on, sign in, or register to access those materials grows, so does the challenge faced by the IT departments charged with managing that access. Indeed, keeping digital resources front and center requires behind-the-scenes coordination when creating, managing, and provisioning access for all.

Months After a Devastating Hurricane, Puerto Rican Schools Turn to the Sun

Orocovis, Puerto Rico—Eight months after Hurricane Maria struck Puerto Rico, more than 500 families in this small town in central Puerto Rico remain without power. But one school here has managed to get the lights back on by switching to solar power, part of an island-wide move to rethink utilities that are often taken as a given elsewhere.

Goodbye Cash and Checks—Here's How to Choose a Safe and Effective School Payment System

School expenses, such and lunch and field trips, are big business in United States. Paying for these expenses is a huge logistical headache for most parents. Every year families across the country hand over more than $41 billion to their children’s schools to cover everything from after-school care to athletics, field trips to fundraising, and more. Incredibly, the vast majority of these payments are made in-person, with cash or personal checks.

‘Schools Can’t Police Providers.’ Education Leaders Call For Restoration of Net Neutrality Rules

Last December the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted to repeal net neutrality, a set of rules prohibiting broadband providers from prioritizing web traffic. In response, this Wednesday, senators will have the opportunity to vote on a resolution under the Congressional Review Act that could block the FCC’s repeal, restoring net neutrality rules.

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COPPA Best Practices: Advice for Schools on Staying on the Right Side of the Law

It’s not just edtech companies and app developers who have to think about complying with COPPA, the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act, which was designed to protect the privacy of kids under 13 years of age. School districts and schools bear part of the responsibility as well—and navigating the federal law can be tricky.

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MOOCs Are Global. So Where Do They Stand With New European Privacy Laws?

In less than three weeks, strict privacy regulations will go into effect for the European Union. And that’s forcing companies and colleges around the globe to reevaluate their data policies and practices.For massive open online courses, which straddle colleges and universities and the private sector, expectations around compliance are murky.

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What Parents and Teachers Should Note From Mark Zuckerberg’s Senate Testimony

Today Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s founder and CEO, spent over four hours testifying in front of the Senate. The leader of the social media giant, with over 2 billion active users, answered questions about data ownership and usage in light of the fallout over Cambridge Analytica’s access and use of 87 million Facebook users’ personal information.

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Looking for Lasting Change? Start Talking to Other Departments.

In many K-12 districts, the IT department establishes the technology, the curriculum department develops the instructional methodologies and most of the physical classroom components are either leftover from the 1970s or purchased and implemented without a plan of deployment with the instructional teams that will use them.

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U.S. Dept of Ed Reassigns Chief Privacy Officer, Leaving Key Position Vacant

In a surprise move by the United States Department of Education, the chief privacy officer, Kathleen Styles, has been reassigned— according to Michael Hawes— director of the student privacy policy and assistance division at the U.S. Department of Education.

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