Sep 152014
 

Adrienne Hill reports: Education, like pretty much everything else in our lives these days, is driven by data. Our childrens’ data. A whole lot of it. Nearly everything they do at school can be — and often is — recorded and tracked, and parents don’t always know what information is being collected, where it’s going, [...]

Sep 152014
 

Pippa writes: As North Adams School in Massachusetts plans to use fingerprint biometrics to improve lunch line efficiency, some parents are understandably concerned about how using a biometric system erodes their children’s privacy.  Most of the articles on North Adams School adopting biometrics seek to reassure parents and readers that its not a database of fingerprints but just [...]

Sep 142014
 

The Express & Star reports: Pupils will have their fingerprints taken at their £20,000 high-tech new school canteen in a bid to reduce queues and monitor pupils’ diets. Redhill School in Stourbridge will bring in the controversial technology as part of a plan to implement a cashless system throughout the school. The system requires pupils [...]

Sep 142014
 

Jessica Meyers reports: Many of the nation’s schools lack restrictions on the unprecedented student data amassed by education technology companies, an omission that has worried parents and prompted legislative proposals from statehouses to Congress. This data collection transforms how teachers interact with their students and gives researchers a new understanding of how youths learn. But [...]

Sep 132014
 

Patrick Anderson reports: … Sioux Falls public school officials approved a measure this summer to prevent student information from being misused by tech companies, months after Google admitted to collecting student data for advertising purposes. [...] In August, school board members approved a new rule for cloud-based programs used in class. Educators now need a [...]