The Educator’s Guide to Student Data Privacy

    Technology tools and apps are making it possible for educators and students to collaborate, create, and share ideas more easily than ever. When schools use technology, students’ data—including some personal information—is collected both by educators and often the companies that provide apps and online services. Educators use some of this data to inform their instructional practice and get to know their students better. It is just as essential for educators to protect their students as it is to help them learn. This guide is meant to help teachers utilize technology in the classroom while protecting their students’ privacy. Why should classroom teachers care about student data privacy?          There are legal and ethical restrictions that impact districts, school, and teachers. Traditionally, student data consisted of things like attendance, grades, discipline records, and health records. Access to that data used to be restricted to the administrator, guidance counselor, teacher, or other school official who needed it to serve the educational needs of the child. With the use of technology in schools, traditional data is now often shared with companies that provide Student Information Systems (SIS), Learning Management Systems (LMS), and many other technologies. Parents, students, and others have raised … Continue reading The Educator’s Guide to Student Data Privacy