Suffice it to say that the editors here at Tech & Learning are pretty bullish on, well, technology and education. You won’t find any hand-wringing scare stories about dangerous devices in the classroom, lurking bogeymen on social media, or some sundry new tool that will subvert students from a “real” classroom experience; not that these aren’t reasonable issues with which to engage, it’s just that we believe the right approach is not to demonize.
I encourage you to download the report in our current issue online at techlearning.com or directly from the EFF (http://bit.ly/2oOH9fe). In the meantime, dig into the article on page 28, which was originally published just before the survey was released. Written by Gennie Gebhart, one of the EFF researchers, she interviews an anonymous district IT director, who expresses his or her own personal concerns: “We’re putting all our eggs in one basket that we’re not in control of,” he says, “We don’t know where this student data is going.”
Paranoid or prophetic? Be sure that these won’t be the last words on this topic at Tech & Learning.