A Millionaire’s Quest to Reign in Facebook and Google And some of the lessons learned while battling Silicon Valley

-- graphic: EU ministers make push for Google, Facebook tax   An article written by  Nicholas Confessore in the New York Times Magazine entitled The Unlikely Activists Who Took On Silicon Valley…
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NWEA MAP Assessments. Study connects test disengagement to student deep-rooted problems. Personalized Learning and Adaptive Assessments: Parents need consent, transparency on how student data (and meta data ) are used and shared.

Algorithms and Artificial Intelligence are rampant in education, via online "personalized learning" and online adaptive assessments.  If you want a good tutorial on why these hidden algorithms are a problem,…
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Bombshell Study: Thousands of Educational Apps are Improperly Tracking Children. Parents, click here to see the over 4,000 educational apps that are profiling children.

EdWeek recently wrote about a study that found Android educational apps from the Google Play Store (remember Google built Android, Google Analytics) are improperly sharing children's data with third parties.…
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Parents and Students: only 6 personal items required on SAT and PSAT, the rest are optional. Opting out of the Questionnaire and Student Search Service does not harm chances at scholarship or college admission.

Reminder for parents: you do NOT have to give this data marketer additional information about your child.  SAT testing is around the corner and Colorado schools and the Colorado Department…
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Unicorns, brain scans, mind tracking, and behavioral data? Oh my. President Trump is Reviewing FERPA, HIPPA, and Replacing Student Privacy Chief--what does this mean for edtech Unicorns and for students?

Project Unicorn Partners presented on Brain Scanning, Data Interoperability, and Student Behavior at 2018 The annual edtech fest was held March 5-8, 2018. is where education software companies come to…
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Data Unicorns? Tech Giants and US Dept of Ed Form Alliance to Leverage Student Data — Without Parent Consent. Project Unicorn: Billionaire partners promoting data interoperability and online "Personalized Learning"

When the Unicorns "protecting" student data are interoperable with the Unicorns taking it, parents and lawmakers might want to pay attention. According to Technopedia, in the Information Technology world, "a…
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2011 Video: Personalized Learning’s Plan to Replace Teachers? “It means a different staffing model which costs less and works better”

The last few years have seen an astronomical increase in screen time and “blended learning” being required in schools, starting even in preschool and kindergarten.  Many schools require students to pay a…
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Between a rock and a hard place with College Board and SAT College Board says it allows subcontractors to access personal IEP and 504 disability data

Sunday, January 28 is International Privacy Day. Please, when you think of privacy, remember that in today's high-tech classrooms,  K-12 students are a captive audience, in a state of nearly constant surveillance and ever increasing data collection. Student…
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Student Privacy and Edtech workshop hosted by US Dept of Ed and FTC. The Videos, Some Excerpts, Concerns, and a Publication calling for More Money.

During a recent workshop on student privacy and security, the US Department of Education's Chief Privacy Officer, Kathleen Styles, said she wants to hear from parents, wants to know what is happening…
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