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The Changing Roles of Teachers

From the Editor

Anne Wujcik, EditorThe statewide assessment season is once more in full swing as schools approach the end of the school year. Overall, the 2016-17 state assessment picture was relatively stable. Education Week reported that 21 states, the same number as 2015-16, planned to administer either the PARCC or SBAC assessments, with the remaining states using some combination of custom, state-designed or combination test.

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Voice from the Field

Linnette Attai, President, PlayWell, LLC Compliance Consulting, and Project Director for CoSN’s Privacy Initiative and Trusted Learning Environment programBridging the Student Data Privacy Gap

The responsibility that schools and districts take on when bringing technology into their buildings is enormous. They need to ensure that every product or service meets their instructional or administrative needs, is safe for users, complies with federal and state privacy laws, aligns with their district data privacy and security responsibilities, and is cost-effective. They do it all with fewer resources and support than industry has on hand to accomplish similar tasks and do it at scale, sometimes across several hundred products each year. It can make the purchasing process seem like a long climb, but on the privacy and security front, there are some things every education technology company can do to make it easier.

I’m talking about putting in the time, energy, and effort to build trusting partnerships with school and district clients. It is not easy. However, understanding what’s happening on the other side of the table can provide a roadmap to getting it right. To keep it simple, start with 3 key ingredients to build trust:

  1. Clarity
  2. Competence
  3. Cooperation

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She Snoops for Scoops: The Personal Side of the EdNET Community

Vicki Smith BighamHey, hey, it's Friday. Hair on fire here with lots to do, but the weekend is upon us, and that's a good thing. Another good thing is that you get to catch up on this week's scoops. Here they are....

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First Book and NEA Foundation Commit To Supporting Social and Emotional Learning for Kids in Need

First Book, the nonprofit social enterprise, and the NEA Foundation, are joining in a two-year partnership to respond to a teacher-identified top education priority—the acute need to cultivate social and emotional wellness, by expanding the Stories for All Project™, First Book's groundbreaking initiative focused on increasing diversity in children's books, and access to affordable, diverse titles. Researchers have found that children's literature reflecting multiethnic cultures told by authentic voices can have a powerful impact on the central elements of social and emotional learning (SEL) – enhancing empathy toward others as well as interest in reading and academic performance

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EFF’s "Spying on Students" Report Highlights Tech Companies’ Data Collection, Parents’ Frustrations

School children are being spied on by tech companies through devices and software used in classrooms that often collect and store kids’ names, birth dates, browsing histories, location data, and much more—often without adequate privacy protections or the awareness and consent of parents, according to a new report from Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF). EFF’s “Spying on Students: School-Issued Devices and Student Privacy” shows that state and federal law, as well as industry self-regulation, has failed to keep up with a growing educational technology industry.

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