Technology is a critical part of the 21st century classroom and with the adoption of the Coe-Brown Northwood Academy’s 1-to-1 Netbook Program in grades 9-12, we believe there is great potential for the use of online apps/tools to improve teaching and learning. The ever-increasing availability of online teaching and learning resources comes with inherent risks and concerns regarding student data, privacy and student work. We as a district have a responsibility to ensure that student’s data and privacy is adequately protected while using any online digital resource for schoolwork. The Bedford School District is providing the following information/resources for parents so that they can better understand what student data is, how student data is collected and used and the laws and practices that the district adheres to in order to protect student data and privacy.
Student Data Privacy Resources for Parents
- Protecting Student Privacy (US DOE)
- Data Quality Compaign- Why Education Data?
- Student Privacy 101: FERPA for Parents and Students
- A Parents Guide to Student Data Privacy
- Google GSuite for Education Privacy & Security Info
Coe-Brown Northwood Academy Student Data Privacy Practice
CBNA has adopted a set of standards for new online resources and a vetting process when evaluating new App/Online Tools for potential adoption. Only online apps/tools that are appropriate to meet the instructional goals, are well designed and meet the legal requirements to protect student privacy and data are approved for use by students. More detail information on the vetting process can be found on the Staff link above. In some cases, parents may receive a separate request from their teacher for permission to use an approved online application or tool with their student. Whenever possible, a student’s school google account is used to access the online tool to limit personally identifiable information provided to the 3rd party.