DATA DYSTOPIA? Student data collection touches a nerve for many parents and educators, as they struggle to find an answer: Is it the dire harbinger of an Orwellian future, or a useful tool for personalizing learning?
The New York Times brings the issue (in less melodramatic phrasing) to privacy experts and technologists in a debate: Is the collection of data from schools an invasion of students’ privacy? Read up (paywall warning) on a spectrum of perspectives:
- “Data Collection Is Out of Control” by Khaliah Barnes (Electronic Privacy Information Center)
- “Data Can Be Used and Secured” by Tyler Bosmeny (Clever)
- “Transparency Is Key” by Jules Polonetsky (Future of Privacy Forum)
- “Information in the Service of Teaching” by Olga Garcia-Kaplan (parent and blogger)
- “A Powerful Force for Equity” by Richard D. Kahlenberg (co-author of “A Smarter Charter”)