Well-meaning teachers adopting technology in the classroom unwittingly create legal exposure for school districts if student data is put at risk online in unknown ways.
That was the reminder at session at ISTELive21, this year’s incarnation of the ISTE tech show in the U.S.
In a talk called “Alexa and Hand Scans and Student Privacy, Oh My!” Kathy Mansfield, former educational technology coach at Comal Independent School District in Texas shared concerns about the massive amount of student data educators could be unintentionally exposing to the world.
She noted that voice assistants, drones, virtual reality headsets and other technology could be collecting information on students’ voices, moods, blood pressure, heart rates, body movements and more. Sharing student photos on social media, she said, could open them up to facial recognition software that can scrape their images and place them into databases. And some schools have installed contactless devices such as eye, face and hand scanners.
Mansfield gave four suggestions for educators to follow when evaluating new tech:
Read more about the session in an article in Edtech Magazine here.