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Education Framework Attends Student Privacy Meeting at The White House

Education Framework Inc. was invited to The White House earlier this week to discuss student privacy and other national edtech initiatives. Jim Onstad, President & Co-Founder of Education Framework, was in attendance, along with approximately 2 dozen other companies, including Google, Microsoft and Edmodo. Signatories of the Student Privacy Pledge, 137 companies in all, were invited to the meeting.

Education Framework Inc. was thrilled and honored to be among the industry leaders sitting at the table. The edtech start-up based in Bend, Oregon, has created the world's first Student Privacy Manager for schools. Their software suite makes sure that students are protected when they use technology in schools, and that districts are protected when adopting 1:1 learning initiatives.  

DQC EdData Privacy Update

According to the recent EdData Privacy Update by Rachel Anderson at the Data Quality Campaign (DQC), over 30 new student data privacy bills have been introduced since last month. That means that as of today, 42 states have introduced 170 student privacy bills, and three states have now signed eight student data privacy bills into law. 

Within this diverse array of new laws, two critical themes seem to be on the minds of state legislators: the role of third-party service providers and how to best support and build capacity at the local level. As states and districts increasingly work with service providers to make the most of their education data, states are working to update their laws and policies and ensure their districts have the model policies, leadership, and guidance they need to be successful.

SIIA Announces 2015 Innovation Incubator Program Finalists

The Education Technology Industry Network (ETIN) of SIIA announced the top 10 finalists and an alternate, for its Innovation Incubator Program, and our service, EdProtect, was among the nominees. 

The Innovation Incubator Program, which will be held during the annual Education Industry Summit, identifies and supports entrepreneurs in their development and distribution of innovative learning technologies, and is unique because it employs a peer review process to identify the most innovative and most likely to succeed products in the educational technology industry. Those same peers also provide one-on-one mentorship to support the growth and success of the innovators. 

Innovation Incubator Program finalists were selected from the applicant pool based on key selection criteria, including:

  • Ability to positively impact end users of the product
  • Ability to succeed in the education technology market
  • Level of originality and innovation

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EdProtect is the world’s first Online Student Data Privacy Manager. It helps K-12 schools create safer online learning environments. The easy-to-understand privacy scoring system cuts through legalese to help faculty and staff vet online companies, protect their schools from litigation and keep students safe. A paperless consent system sends electronic documents out to parents for their signatures, automatically tracking responses and filing digital copies of forms.

FERPA Overhaul Under Consideration in U.S. House

Major FERPA Overhaul Under Consideration in U.S. House

The bipartisan leadership of the Education & the Workforce Committee of the U.S. House released a "discussion draft" of a bill that would rewrite the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). Under the bill, the definition of what constitutes a student's "educational record" would be expanded, and a ban would be placed on using such information for marketing or advertising. States and local education agencies would be subject to new requirements when contracting with vendors handling sensitive student information. The bill would allow fines of up to $500,000 to be levied on educational service providers that improperly share student information, and parents would be given new opportunities to access and amend their children's data and opt out of the use of that information for research purposes.

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Study finds Millennials indifferent about about digital privacy

A study released by the American Press Institute last month found that only 20% of Millennials worry all or most of the time about their digital privacy.

Just two in 10 (20%) of Millennials worry about digital privacy “all/most of the time,” 46% said they worry “only a little” and 34% said they “don’t worry at all,” according to the study.

“There is no longer a such thing as privacy and it’s a little scary but honestly inevitable,” said Millennial Natalie Cary, 21, a 2014 graduate of George Mason University. “I’m not sure if it’s reasonable to be worried anymore because it’s already out there,”

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Future Ready Summits Move District Leaders to Action

Two Days, One Pledge: At the Future Ready Summits, District Leaders Move from Vision to Action

Over the two-day summit, teams talk with other districts in their region, listen to success stories, and participate in breakout sessions. Data privacy emerged as a major concern among participants. As schools scramble to decode the flood of data that new tech tools collect, district leaders are anxious to understand the specifics of state and federal privacy requirements.

Regulating Student Data Privacy: Don't Throw the Baby out with the Bathwater

In the latest National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE) Policy Update "Regulating Student Data Privacy: Don't Throw the Baby out with the Bathwater" NASBE Director of Education Data and Technology, Amelia Vance, explains why concerns over student data privacy have dominated the headlines, and what states—and state boards of education in particular—are doing to ensure the safety of student data. 

Read full update here >