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Creating Safe Digital Learning Environments

Pennsylvania Convention Center, 113B

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Manager, Products
Clever Inc
Mohit Gupta leads product teams at Clever, a digital learning platform used in over 75% of K-12 schools in the US. In various roles over the last decade, he has led infrastructure, security, and privacy efforts as Clever grew to serve over 25 million students and teachers every month. Prior to joining Clever, Mohit worked with the Electronic Frontier Foundation, DOCOMO Research, and Microsoft Research, using his expertise in design, policy, and computer science to create advanced technology prototypes. He enjoys collaborating with fast-paced and ambitious teams that prioritize user empathy to build technologies that improve student learning.
Chief Technology Officer
Alexandria City Public Schools
Dr. Elizabeth Hoover is the Chief Technology Officer for Alexandria City Public Schools in Alexandria, VA. She oversees the ACPS Technology Services department, which includes infrastructure and support services, business and education applications, and instructional technology. Dr. Hoover was recognized as one of the top 30 technology trailblazers by the Center for Digital Education. During her career in educational technology, she has contributed to publications, served as managing editor for the Journal of Technology and Teacher Education, and as an adjunct professor at George Mason University. She began her career as an elementary teacher for a science, math and technology-focused school.
VP, Education Outreach & Engagement
Common Sense Media
Merve Lapus is the Vice President, Education Outreach and is responsible for the overall outreach strategy and national partnerships for Common Sense Education. He oversees an impact team collaborating with school networks, state-level organizations, community leaders, and national partners, Merve is committed to fostering a whole-community approach to digital well-being, and establishing supportive learning spaces for all children and families to thrive in a world with media and technology. Merve has over 17 years of experience driving education technology initiatives across school programs, and building educator confidence through professional learning, and strategic implementation.

Session description

Digital technology in the classroom is here to stay, so how can IT leaders partner with teachers to create safe online learning environments? Join us for an interactive session on how to build a culture of responsible use, promote healthy online habits and ensure students understand their digital footprint. This panel will be moderated by Education Week's Lauraine Langreo.

Purpose & objective

Digital technology in the classroom is here to stay, so how can IT leaders partner with teachers to create a safe online learning environment for students and families? It’s never been more critical to establish norms and best practices that put student safety first in every aspect, from teaching students and staff about password hygiene, to balancing teacher choice and district guidelines for choosing new edtech. We will provide an interactive session on how to build a culture of responsible use, promote healthy online habits, gather parental support, and ensure students understand their digital footprint using Kahoot!s, the Student Data Privacy Coalition's guiding principles, and specific advice from educators on the ground.

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5 minutes: Introductions
15 minutes: Discussion of recent trends in data privacy
15 minutes: Q&A - how to build a culture of data privacy in your community
15 minutes: Q&A with audience

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Supporting research

Clever will be releasing a report on Cybersecurity in November 2022.

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Session specifications

Safety, security & student data privacy
Skill level:
Chief technology officers/superintendents/school board members, Teachers, Technology coordinators/facilitators
Attendee devices:
Devices useful
Attendee device specification:
Smartphone: Android, iOS, Windows
ISTE Standards:
For Education Leaders:
Systems Designer
  • Ensure that resources for supporting the effective use of technology for learning are sufficient and scalable to meet future demand.
  • Protect privacy and security by ensuring that students and staff observe effective privacy and data management policies.
For Educators:
  • Model and promote management of personal data and digital identity and protect student data privacy.
The submitter of this session has been supported by a company whose product is being included in the session