EdTech Developers Consider Different Data Models and Privacy Implications


The context around educational data is arguably different than data collected in consumer technology. In both K12 and Higher Ed, schools can sign up for services that students use directly, and in many of these cases student data is uploaded before students or parents are consulted. For example, if a teacher signs up for Remind, parents aren’t asked if their contact information gets shared as part of an “invite” feature. While many consumer tech apps include invite features, EdTech apps are used within a different context. When a student or a parent sees an app or an invite coming from a school or a teacher, there is a level of implied trust. Increasingly, the implicit trust that students and parents give schools and districts appears to be unearned.

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