Technology Privacy in Schools

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! 🙂

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Survey Data

Here is the analysis of our survey done in class today! Enjoy 🙂

Below are the answers to the questions:

Are these animals cute or what?

  • Answered: 20
  • Skipped: 0

2
3
4

Turtle
57.89%
11
5.26%
1
10.53%
2
15.79%
3
10.53%
2
19
2.16

Hamster
55.00%
11
20.00%
4
15.00%
3
0.00%
0
10.00%
2
20
1.90

Teacup Pig
80.00%
16
5.00%
1
10.00%
2
0.00%
0
5.00%
1
20
1.45

Squirrel
30.00%
6
30.00%
6
15.00%
3
10.00%
2
15.00%
3
20
2.50

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Today in class, I worked with Kelly and Idabelle to create a survey. We decided to ask questions about the cuteness of baby animals eating strawberries. If you find this to be a strange topic for a survey, we agree with you. But we found pictures that we absolutely needed to use. No way around it.

We also asked other questions to throw people off in case they realized our ultimate goal was to analyze the cuteness of the pictures. We asked about their thoughts on currently trending television shows. We also prompted them for their deepest darkest secret and included a question involving a pun.

In case you would like to see this survey and participate, you can find the link here.

We discovered that most participants found the teacup pig to be the cutest, with 80% ranking it highest in cuteness. But let’s be honest, teacup pigs…

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Tools for Teacher Collaboration and Sharing Curricula

When one looks online for tools that aid in collaboration in the education world, many posts or articles focus on collaboration between teachers and students and how technology helps in the classroom. It is however important to also look into teacher to teacher collaboration and how different teachers support each other. In my presentation for my class, Haley and I talked about specific tools that help in collaboration between local teachers:

Collaboration:

  1. Google tools: Drive, Forms, Sheets, Slides, etc.
  2. SlideShare http://www.slideshare.net/
  3. Group Work https://wiggio.com/
  4. Scribblar: http://www.scribblar.com/
  5. CoSketch: http://cosketch.com/
  6. Team Whiteboard: http://www.twiddla.com/

Project Management:

  1.    Active Collab: https://www.activecollab.com/
  2. Wrike https://www.wrike.com/

Real time communications:

  1. Campfire: https://www.campfirenow.com
  2. Neat Chat : http://www.neatchat.com/
  3. Skype for Educ: https://education.skype.com/

Each of these tools have positive and negative aspects to them; but one must keep an open mind and try out different tools in case they are helpful in their lives. An important aspect to consider when analyzing a tool is to see how well it interacts with other tools that you are presently using and how it will fit into your daily routines.  I think something that we all agreed on during the discussion afterwards is how most of the important tools can be accessed through Google platforms, especially since these can be connected to calendars and emails– tools that we use in our daily lives.

I realized that one important tool that teachers use is sharing curriculum or ideas that can be used in the classroom. This article, presented in Edutopia, presents different platforms where teachers can share curriculum and ideas to use in their lessons. I think it is important for teachers to know that they don’t have to re-invent the wheel every time they teach! They can take ideas from other classrooms and other lessons, keeping in mind how these lessons will look like with the students they have in their classrooms.

Welcome!

Hi internet world! My name is Kelly and I’m currently getting my Masters’ in Education and my Math teaching credential for California. Here I’ll be posting several of my thoughts and projects that I find interesting. Have fun! 🙂