Alan November explains how he would use the first five days of school to lay the groundwork for a year of learning that goes far beyond the test.
The exploding field of “learning analytics” raises ethical questions similar to those arising from the recent Facebook revelations.
Parents can take action in protecting their children’s data, but it takes work and an understanding of the complicated landscape.
To help kids graduate from high school, educators may need to start looking data as early as middle school.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.