Whose Data Is It Anyway? Public and Private Data in the Age of Sharing
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What do district technology leaders need to know about data and why? What are the data sharing policies enforced by your district? These and other questions were discussed by a panel of K-12 education technology practitioners and experts during a CoSN CTO Leadership Forum, co-hosted by ISTE, in June of 2011. This CTO Forum Report explores key points from the Forum and addresses measures technology leaders should take to ensure data are properly shared and protected. Forum panelists detailed problems extensive public and private data sharing pose to students, parents/guardians, teachers and district leaders: personalized data stored in separate, incompatible data “silos”; outdated school information systems; unclear understanding of outside provider service policies; safety and legality mishaps; print record migration; improper education of parents on student information systems; lack of district accountability; and approval of data sharing, among others. The Report provides thoughts on how best to address these issues.
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