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The Facebook Conundrum: Where Ethics and Science Collide

The Facebook Conundrum: Where Ethics and Science Collide

| July 5, 2014

The exploding field of “learning analytics” raises ethical questions similar to those arising from the recent Facebook revelations.

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Can Parents Protect Their Kids’ School-Collected Data?

Can Parents Protect Their Kids’ School-Collected Data?

| June 12, 2014 | 0 Comments

Parents can take action in protecting their children’s data, but it takes work and an understanding of the complicated landscape.

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The Payoffs and Pitfalls of Flagging ‘At-Risk’ Kids in Early Grades

The Payoffs and Pitfalls of Flagging ‘At-Risk’ Kids in Early Grades

| June 10, 2014 | 2 Comments

To help kids graduate from high school, educators may need to start looking data as early as middle school.

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Is All This Student Data Changing the Way Teachers Teach?

Is All This Student Data Changing the Way Teachers Teach?

| June 2, 2014 | 9 Comments

With so much access to student data these days, teachers are experimenting with different tactics, and figuring out what’s working and what’s not. As with most scenarios using education technology, it’s a mixed bag. How it’s used depends on a variety of factors in each school and in each teacher’s classroom. Some teachers are embracing student data to inform their teaching, while others believe there’s a risk of an over-reliance on hard numbers that doesn’t take into account the human factor.

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Can Games Make High-Stakes Tests Obsolete?

Can Games Make High-Stakes Tests Obsolete?

| May 30, 2014 | 8 Comments

Nobody likes high-stakes testing. The problems are well documented. But maybe games can help to change the way we approach assessment.

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What’s Really At Stake? Untangling the Big Issues Around Student Data

What’s Really At Stake? Untangling the Big Issues Around Student Data

| May 22, 2014 | 4 Comments

As student data moves online, concerns from some parents and teachers are mounting around the safety of protecting the data from getting in the hands of corporations.

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Tracking Students’ Grades Minute-By-Minute: Help or Hindrance?

Tracking Students’ Grades Minute-By-Minute: Help or Hindrance?

| May 5, 2014 | 15 Comments

Do student information systems — online services that track students’ grade — help kids learn? It all depends on whom you ask. Experts on education and child development, parents, teachers, and students clash on whether or not web-based monitoring systems serve children’s educational interests or actually hinder learning.

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How Educators Can Protect Students’ Data from Security Breaches

How Educators Can Protect Students’ Data from Security Breaches

| April 15, 2014 | 7 Comments

Every day, teachers are responsible for maintaining numerous logins, passwords, data, and other private information about their students. With so many tools, security and privacy are often an afterthought despite the increasing number of websites that fall victim to data breaches and security vulnerabilities each day. In the wake of the Heartbleed data security flaw discovered last week, here are measures teachers can take to secure school data.

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Schools Use Student Data to Find Signs of Trouble, Help Struggling Kids

Schools Use Student Data to Find Signs of Trouble, Help Struggling Kids

| April 10, 2014

More schools are collecting and using information about student attendance and grades to flag kids at risk of dropping out — often before anyone realizes they need help.

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What Will Happen to ‘Big Data’ In Education?

What Will Happen to ‘Big Data’ In Education?

| April 3, 2014 | 8 Comments

Privacy concerns have put the breaks on many efforts to use “big data” in education. Why are people so skittish of education data when other kinds of digital information are readily accessible?

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