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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 | 6 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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What Are the Risks in Using Data to Predict Student Outcome?

What Are the Risks in Using Data to Predict Student Outcome?

| August 6, 2013 | 6 Comments

Clever tools can even allow us to measure and monitor our own progress. Newly awash in data, the question becomes: What do we do with this information?

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The Upside and Dark Side of Collecting Student Data

The Upside and Dark Side of Collecting Student Data

| February 11, 2013 | 2 Comments

As learning increasingly moves toward the digital landscape, the role of data is also coming under more scrutiny. Every time a student browses the Internet or uses an app for learning, trace data is created, and thus the potential to use it for the benefit of that student. A slew of companies and products offer […]

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Charter School Network Offers Its Own Data System to All Schools

Charter School Network Offers Its Own Data System to All Schools

| September 11, 2012 | 1 Comment

By Lillian Mongeau As gathering data about student performance becomes a bigger priority in education, schools are faced with different choices on how to capture that data. A slew of tech companies offer a variety of products they’ve developed for schools, but some school districts are creating their own data systems. California-based charter network Aspire […]

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Understanding Learning Analytics and Student Data

Understanding Learning Analytics and Student Data

| August 30, 2012 | 2 Comments

There’s a lot to unpack about learning analytics — everything from how student data is captured to how it will be used. For all of its promises — and there are many, as evidenced below — the two biggest areas of concern regarding using student data are around issues of privacy, as in who has […]

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How Will Student Data Be Used?

How Will Student Data Be Used?

| July 3, 2012 | 29 Comments

A new initiative, supported by state education leaders and funded by prominent foundations, plans to provide a place in the cloud for each state to store all data for every student, using “free” open source software. And, in the process, student achievement information will be connected to instructional apps and web resources.

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What Does Your School Know About You?

What Does Your School Know About You?

| January 27, 2012 | 5 Comments

In the information age, data will follow us from the time we first walk into kindergarten to well past retirement. As data is used to guide us in making all kinds of decisions, from what we consume to what health plan we follow, it’s also becoming a powerful tool in education. As more schools and […]

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Standardizing Student Data: How to Make it Relevant

Standardizing Student Data: How to Make it Relevant

| July 21, 2011 | 2 Comments

Schools have long dealt with data, tracking students’ personal information, grades, courses, attendance and the like. But for the most part, these records have been scattered across filing systems — electronic and otherwise. Although most states have implemented some sort of system by which to collect and monitor students’ data, these often remain disconnected. Many […]

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