Do edtech apps keep student data safe?

Times Higher Education | January 13, 2020

Do edtech apps keep student data safe?
From in-class polling tools to university-wide learning management systems, software applications – apps – are ubiquitous on campuses nowadays. By collecting and crunching data from staff and students, these programs play a key role in supporting students and helping the modern university run smoothly. These data, however, can be highly sensitive – and very valuable. Add the fact that many of these apps are created by third-party companies and you have, some believe, a ticking data protection time bomb that threatens to upend pedagogical partnerships for the sake of private profit.

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English teacher Roberto Sanchez explains how augmented reality is helping his students stay on top of their assignments and what virtual reality might look like in the classroom.Produced by Oscar Rodriguez at South Mountain High School in Phoenix, Arizona. Instruction provided by SRL Connected Educator Heather Jancoski.

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