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Professors Know About High-Tech Teaching Methods, but Few Use Them

new survey from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has found that 40 percent of the higher education professors surveyed use or are interested in using innovative techniques and technologies. But of that 40 percent, only half—or 20 percent of the overall survey sample—have actually used them.

Leaders to Learn From: Lessons from District Leaders

Education Week released a special multimedia report today that shines a light on innovative administrators who seized on great ideas, implemented them, and ultimately improved their school systems. This report offers an opportunity for other educators-and future leaders-in the nation's 14,000-plus districts to learn from these leaders' successes and be inspired to "dream more, do more, and become more" in their own districts.

How Teachers Will Change the Future of Tech

Teacher Tech Enthusiasm Can Change the Course of Tech Development

As with other subjects, the knowledge and enthusiasm that teachers show for technology in the classroom will have long-term effects on students, and the nation as a whole. If teachers are enthusiastic about creatively using technology and willing to give it a try, students will be too.

A tech-savvy nation starts with tech-savvy teachers.

7 NY Teachers of the Year Blast Cuomo

Seven New York State Teachers of the Year have written an open letter to Gov. Andrew Cuomo, blasting his new proposed education reforms that, among other things, link half of a teacher’s evaluation to student standardized test scores.

"It’s not that teachers or schools are horrible. Rather, the problem is that students with an achievement gap also have an income gap, a health-care gap, a housing gap, a family gap and a safety gap, just to name a few. If we truly want to improve educational outcomes, these are the real issues that must be addressed."

Better Safeguards Urged for Student Privacy

Legal and educational policy experts urged lawmakers on Thursday to improve security safeguards in student privacy laws and update them to better reflect the rapid leaps in technology.

The law, the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act – known as FERPA – was written in 1974 to protect student records. It only covers schools receiving federal money. An update of the regulations in 2012 permitted greater disclosure of the data.

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“The approach of FERPA is outdated,” said Joel Reidenberg, an expert on privacy and the Internet at the Fordham University School of Law. “It is focused on privacy and parental access, but it does not cover the use of the information collected.”

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5 Ways to Plan a Tech Initiative

Looking to plan a Tech Initiative at your school or district? Here is a road map to get you started. 

Pay particular attention to #3...

Future Ready: Roadmaps to Tech Integration

"What device is best to impact student learning?" While this is an important question, it's not the first one you should be thinking about when planning your transition. The driving force behind any technology initiative is this: Innovation in the classroom begins with trust. 

Read the full article here.

Why a Great Principal Burned Out

This is an interesting article addressing the plight of today's school principals. Originally written by Ellie Herman, a former principal, and posted on her blog, Gatsby in L.A.

The article, entitled Why a great principal burned out - and what might have prevented it, showcases the challenges that many principals face each day.

 “What’s so hard is keeping yourself open to 600-plus students, over 100 adults on campus, the parents, the community…there’s no rest, there’s no stop."

 “It was like trying to turn around the Titanic. The cynical side of me says you either burn out or you close yourself off. Sure, you can take time for yourself, but if you do, here’s a list of 17 things that are not happening at your school.” 

Read the full article here.

Schools May Put Student Data at Risk

Schools May Put Student Data at Risk addresses the challenges of protecting student privacy without undermining the educational benefits for 21st-century technology.

Privacy law expert Joel Reidenberg reviewed data privacy protections at 20 randomly selected school districts nationally. He and a team of lawyers determined that nearly all relied on companies to process student information but not many had adequate control over the data. Fewer than 7 percent of the contracts restricted the sale or marketing of student information, for instance.

“School district cloud service agreements ... allow vendors to retain student information in perpetuity with alarming frequency,” said the resulting report, Privacy and Cloud Computing in Public Schools.

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Security Flaws Found in Digital Education Products

Hats off to Mr. Porterfield for examining and exposing security weaknesses on several popular educational sites.
Uncovering Security Flaws in Digital Education Products for Schoolchildren addresses the symptomatically widespread lapses in student data protection across the education technology sector. 
“A lot of education sites have glaring security problems,” said Mr. Porterfield, the principal engineer at a software start-up in Los Altos, Calif. “A big part of the problem is that there’s not even any consensus of what ‘good security’ means for an educational website or app.”
Read the full article here.

Rep. Lynn Luker of Idaho wants to examine how the state handles student data.

Rep. Lynn Luker wants to examine how the Idaho handles student data.

Last year, former Sen. John Goedde, R-Coeur d’Alene, introduced legislation to ensure secure collection of student data. The bill never received a hearing in either Statehouse chamber... "Governments now collect information in 556 different categories," Rep. Lynn Luker said, up from 400 last year.