Analyzing and Improving Student Privacy in Education

Privacy in education is a subject that has received significant attention recently, and we see it garnering even more attention in the future. It affects students, teachers, administrators, parents, IT staff and IT vendors. All involved tread a fine line, balancing the security issues that are vital to the operation of a school with the individual privacy rights of the actual classroom users of technology.

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North Carolina Department of Public Instruction Completes Roll-Out of Identity Automation

A few years ago, North Carolina’s Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) selected Identity Automation to build a cloud identity platform to manage all its users in all its public schools. Each student, teacher, staff member and administrator at every K-12 public school would be using the platform to access all the state provided applications and programs they needed to use on a daily basis.

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In Case You Missed It: Highlights and Lessons Learned from the 2015 CTO Clinic

In case you weren’t able to attend the Identity Automation sponsored, Texas CTO 2015 Summer Clinic in Austin, TX, or if you missed the keynote speaker, Mark Strama, Head of Google Fiber Operations in Austin, TX, we’re here to bring you some highlights and lessons learned!

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Transforming Minnetonka Schools with Access Management

When the public school system of Minnetonka, Minnesota, came to us to help implement a new Identity Automation Management system, they had very specific needs - and many of them. They had an infrastructure that no longer suited their needs and was technologically unwieldy, so they turned to us to provide an easy-to-manage, secure IAM platform for over 10,000 students in grades K-12 and their educators. We not only met their expectations, but exceeded them.

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Learn About the Trends and Technology Impacting K-12 IT



Identity Automation will be hosting a webinar with Carahsoft to examine the trends in identity management technology that will be impacting the K-12 space over the next 1-2 years. We’ll be discussing the challenges and opportunities of security management tools and educational technologies and how they can be used to advance student education and privacy.

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Secrets to a Strong Password and Why We Still Need Them in Schools

I recently spoke with the IT director of a school district, and he shared with me some concerns school administrators had about our password management solution and whether it could actually make them less secure. I am rarely at a loss for words in my line of work, but in this instance, I was close.

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3 Tips on Selecting Educational Apps to Maximize Learning and Minimize Data Privacy Concerns

As educators around the country look toward mobile and internet applications to enhance student learning, new privacy concerns are beginning to surface. These student information security woes are often beyond the reach of the IT administrators, and instead put into the hands of teachers who may unintentionally cause sensitive data to be released with as little as a simple app sign-up. Unlike many of the historic applications used by school systems in the past, today’s apps circumvent federal privacy regulations by providing educational tools to teachers from third-party platforms that are often notvetted by IT administrators in advance.

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Doing More with Less: IDM in EDU at CoSN Texas CTO Clinic

We are headed to Austin, Texas next week for the 2015 Texas CTO Cliniccovering the key issues facing ed tech leaders in Texas and beyond. 

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Student Privacy in Education: Part 2 - The Student Privacy Pledge and Implications for IT Vendors and Schools

Student privacy is an extremely delicate topic, important to parents, teachers, administrators, researchers, and students themselves. When we explored the history of student privacy legislation last week, we found a great deal of tension between the legal definition of student privacy and public perceptions of what privacy should be.

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Student Privacy in Education: Part 1 - The History of Student Privacy

In February, we announced that we joined over 100 organizations, including Apple, Google, the Khan Academy and Microsoft in supporting the Student Privacy Pledge. Then in March, at both the Brainstorm 16.0 Conference and CoSN Annual Conference, student privacy surfaced as a leading topic of discussion.

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