Open Educational Resources (OER), which are high-quality teaching, learning, and research materials, that are free for people everywhere to use and repurpose, do create a conundrum for schools in order to comply with CIPA and the ESSA Notice of Public Rule Making (NPRM) https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/09/06/2016-20989/title-i-improving-the-academic-achievement-of-the-disadvantaged-supplement-not-supplant
Districts across the nation are already adopting smart technologies. Familiar smart devices include ebooks, tablets, and interactive smartboards. Schools have rolled out programs like BYOD and 1:1 to provide students with mobile access to online educational resources. Adaptive learning technologies adjust to each students’ Zone of Proximal Development (ZPD), and gathers student data on the back-end for teacher analysis. Online educational programs, online assessments, Student Information Systems (SIS), and Learning Management Systems (LMS) procure, store, share, and report student data which provides insights that enable educators and administrators to make ‘smarter’ decisions.
Student data privacy is a key issue related to educational technology. Connected devices, educational apps, online assessments, and digital reporting systems receive and share data with other services. Schools and online educational service providers can protect liability and obtain best practice by obtaining verified parental consent through i-SAFE Direct VPC services.
As schools adopt ‘smart’ technologies to augment education, administrators and IT leaders must also make smart decisions with regard to security, cost, and privacy. Here are three solutions: