Transparency About What Data is Used is Key for Parents and Students

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Last week, the New York Times hosted a Room for Debate on Protecting Student Privacy in On-Line Learning.  The question: “Is the collection of data from schools an invasion of students’ privacy?”  Jules’ weighed in, making the key point that schools must continuously and effectively communicate with parents on what technology is being used, what data is being collected, and how that information is safeguarded.  FERPA/Sherpa parent blogger Olga Garcia-Kaplan also participated, emphasizing that the focus must stay on the education and needs of individual students.