I found an interesting article (it was sent out to the GSE email list as well) in the NY Times related to what we had talked about privacy a few classes ago. Here is the link.
It talks about how some districts have experienced data breaches with software they have purchased from other vendors. Many technology tools are not secure and some schools have had student records posted online publicly. Teachers and schools need to be aware of the technology they are using in order to avoid data breaches, identity theft, or unauthorized student profiling, especially at a time where school technologies and software are rising in number. A few things that the article mentions that teachers or districts can use are: test out the technology before trying it out with real student information to make sure how secure it is and to check that it is not asking students for personal information; districts can create lists of software that have been proven to be secure.
Let me know what you think! 🙂