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Alexa and Handscans and Privacy, Oh My!

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Participate and share : Interactive lecture

Wednesday, December 2, 5:00–5:45 pm PST (Pacific Standard Time)

Kathleen Mansfield  
Are emerging technologies safe to use in the PK-12 classroom? Discover ways to protect student privacy while using technology in classrooms. Leave with resources about FERPA, voice-activated assistants, COPPA and additional privacy laws. Apply these methods and policies to protect districts, educators and students.

Audience: Chief technology officers/superintendents/school board members, Principals/head teachers, Technology coordinators/facilitators
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices useful
Attendee device specification: Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Topic: Safety, security & student data privacy
Grade level: PK-12
ISTE Standards: For Education Leaders:
Equity and Citizenship Advocate
  • Cultivate responsible online behavior, including the safe, ethical and legal use of technology.
  • Model digital citizenship by critically evaluating online resources, engaging in civil discourse online and using digital tools to contribute to positive social change.
Additional detail: Session recorded for video-on-demand

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

Learners will be able to evaluate emerging technologies for appropriate usage within a K-12 classroom. Comparing federal and state laws, online programs, as well as devices such as Alexa, will be discussed. Learners will be instructed on how to search through terms of service agreements, usage agreements, and privacy agreements provided by software and hardware vendors. They will be able to sift through these documents and pinpoint which ones are appropriate for specific grade levels for classroom usage.


This is the basic overview, but it is subject to change as it evolves:
Objective 1: Understand the use of certain devices/programs within a classroom may be illegal. 10 minutes
--Open with a short Amazon Alexa video with Harrison Ford
--Introduce personal accounts/devices in educational settings issues
--Table partner interaction with questions/Group share out
Objective 2: Understand where to find information about laws which govern the usage of technology within K-12 educational environments (15 minutes)
--Show and provide links for FERPA, COPPA, Privacy laws, Education Codes
--Participants provide information using digital devices on a collaborative linked document/poster/bulletin board
Objective 3: Analyze User agreements/Terms of Service/Privacy Policies for age restrictions and limitations (12-15 minutes)
--Provide digital worksheet framework
--Table cards give names of programs for groups to search out and make a recommendation. Review a few as a whole group.
-- Look at Alexa, streaming services and Biometrics
Objective 4: Understand trends of current privacy laws and view what is coming in the future 5 -7 minutes)
--Review GDPR (General Data Protection Rule) Europe's consumer data protection law, California's privacy protection Act
Questions and Doorprize Drawing

Supporting research

FERPA -- US Department of Education
COPPA -- Federal Trade Commission
Mike Tassey -- Technology Attorney at the US Department of Education -- personal interview
Texas Education Code (Chapter 32)
Colorado Framework

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Kathleen Mansfield, Comal ISD

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