Protecting Privacy in Connected Learning

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Educators and policymakers are increasingly realizing the potential in using student data to make informed decisions. But even with all that potential, balancing technology advances with the need to protect student privacy and data is a major challenge. CoSN's Protecting Privacy in Connected Learning initiative is here to help inform your efforts.
CoSN is grateful to the following sponsors for their support: CDW.G, Clever, Diamond Assets, ENA, itsLearningMcGraw-Hill, and Microsoft for the partnership of the National School Public Relations Association (NSPRA) and the Berkman Center for Internet and Society.
Need more information? Download our Student Data Privacy one-pager for a more comprehensive look. 

Updated Protecting Privacy Toolkit 

The Protecting Privacy in Connected Learning Toolkit is an in-depth guide to key federal student data privacy laws. It also includes guidance on how key laws operate together, suggested contract terms, explanations of metadata and data de-identification, use of click-wrap agreements, and additional privacy-related resources, including:

Trusted Learning Environment (TLE) Seal and New TLE Handbook  

The Trusted Learning Environment (TLE) Seal ensures that school systems are adhering to strong practices to protect the privacy of student data and are communicating these efforts to parents, communities and other stakeholders.  Visit the TLE website to learn how you can apply, and download the TLE Handbook for guidance on how your school system can manage the TLE application.

Online Privacy Training

This 8-module course is designed for school district leaders who want to understand existing privacy laws, define best and necessary practices around privacy, and communicate effectively with their communities. See more here

CoSN and the National Public Relations Association (NSPRA) teamed to produce two infographics that empower school leaders to discuss the critical issue of student privacy with parents and other community members. The customizable infographics answer key questions such as: What data is collected and why? How does education data support student success and school improvement? How is education data protected?
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10 Principles to Guide the Use and Protection of Student Data

CoSN and the Data Quality Campaign (DQC), along with 32 leading national education organizations, released 10 principles for protecting and guiding the use of the personal information of America’s students. 
To view and learn more about the principles, please visit the website.

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