New Common Sense tool shows how secure your ed-tech apps are

New educator resource is intended to find accurate, up-to-date evaluations of privacy and security practices of ed-tech applications

Common Sense Education, in collaboration with over 70 schools and districts nationwide, launched its K-12 Ed-Tech Privacy Evaluation Platform to support educators in their effort to make informed decisions about the educational software being used on campuses throughout the country.

With schools and districts struggling to manage the challenge of evaluating the privacy and security practices of thousands of educational technology products on the market, Common Sense convened stakeholders to develop a platform that provides accurate and up-to-date evaluations of the security practices of the most commonly used ed-tech apps. The robust set of resources is available at

“Evaluating the privacy and security practices of educational software is a daunting task for most schools and districts, but it doesn’t have to be,” said James P. Steyer, founder and CEO of Common Sense. “By working together with educators, Common Sense has developed a comprehensive, centralized, and free resource to help an education community that is spread out across the country learn from each other and make more informed decisions about protecting student privacy.”…Read More

10 reasons why Connected Educator Month lived up to the hype

As the digital dust settles from another busy Connected Educator Month, I rounded up 10 highlights you shouldn’t miss, reports. May these gems provide an extra push to keep the conversation and connections going. Here are my top 10 reasons why Connected Educator Month lived up to the hype. CEM’s opening panel on Connected Leadership identifies why educators should get connected: the power of learning that is socialized. The panel discussion attempts to answer the questions, “How is connected leadership impacting student achievement, and what are the best basic steps leaders can take today to become more connected?” Getting connected isn’t about new technology, but is taking a systematic approach that embraces openness and collaboration. Testimonials about why it’s worthwhile to be connected abound, and here’s one nice reflection…

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