Mike Garzillo and I attended this month's PDXEdTech Meetup. The topic was on student security and privacy and we both walked away from the event with some good information.

Bill Fitzgerald from Funnymonkey.com presented about privacy and security and how it relates to technology in education. While the focus was more heavily geared towards privacy and security in the K-12 space, there were definitely nuggets to consider for everyone who supplies technology in the learning arena.

Key takeaways:

  • Review your privacy policy and T&C's every quarter to ensure accuracy and appropriateness as it relates to industry and technology trends
  • Include examples or a list of data collected instead of just mentioning how personal information is or is not used
  • List third-party integrated vendors and links to their privacy policies (since users by default are opted in to these privacy policies via the system integrations)

 

In addition to the privacy discussion, there were two new vendor presenters that were very interesting:

Thor Pritchard presented some visual math apps that are available via Math Learning Center. These apps are great examples of visual elearning activities, such as this one: http://catalog.mathlearningcenter.org/apps/geoboard 

and

Brian Forrester, CEO of BuddyUp, introduced his new application which is currently only available for university students to match up with potential study partners. I asked if a future release of this application may be available to support adult learners who are involved in Continuing Education or license requirement studies. He said there is great potential for it to be applied to adult learners and there are discussions to make this available to associations and organizations involved with CE and license accreditation. 

 

The event is a great place to network with and learn from others in the ed-tech world and we’re eager for the next one.

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