The i-SAFE Direct Technology was established on what school districts have asked for: student data privacy protections combined with identity verification in alignment with CIPA/COPPA/E-Rate Compliance.
i-SAFE’s suite of technology tools and programming provides you a single dashboard to manage the compliance of your entire school/district and/or DOE. The dashboard and reporting features are so easy to use that a single DOE can manage their entire state through i-SAFE’s dashboard and reporting functions.
GREAT NEWS!! i-SAFE Has Now Combined the Suite of “i-SAFE Direct Compliance Products” into One Convenient Platform
You can now bundle your i-SAFE DC4 Digital Programming subscription with an i-SAFE Direct Subscription. The Value you receive on a bundled subscription is “savings of time and money.” Implementation is easy and the cost is amazing!
i-SAFE Direct allows schools to seamlessly manage every situation requiring schools to provide verifiable parental consent with an easy to use, cloud-based solution through our MyOk technology. This includes annual CIPA required Acceptable Use Policy communications, COPPA related requests seeking parental approval for use of online learning apps, and permission slips related to school trips and activities.
Since October of 2012, millions of educators and stakeholders from around the globe have participated in Connected Educator Month (CEM). One of the themes for this year’s efforts, Future Ready, explores the challenges that school and district leaders face while preparing today’s students for tomorrow (CEM, 2015). The Future Ready pledge builds upon President Obama’s ConnectED initiative which proposes that 99% of students in the U.S. will have access to high speed broadband by 2018. In order for this vision to become reality, schools need funding.
Educational technology has brought about new opportunities and challenges surrounding student data privacy. Often, the laws and practices approach the issue from the perspective of administrators, educators and third parties who provide online sites and services.
But what do parents think about student data privacy?
To answer that question, the Future of Privacy Forum conducted a survey, published in September 2015, seeking to better understand parents’ perspectives on student data use . Over 1,000 parents participated; 672 of which have students who attend public schools in grades K-12.
Social media is an integral part of student life, and can be a powerful part of a schools culture. When used effectively, it can boost attendance at school-related events, raise participation in spirit days, heighten attention toward issues or topics during Awareness Months, and increase engagement in school fundraisers, charity events or community outreach efforts. School-based organizations, such as athletic teams, theater, marching band, journalism club, media teams and art guild can all showcase student activity while keeping the school community informed.
Student enthusiasm for social media is evident, but changes quickly, and can stress how schools manage student’s online activity. So how does a school benefit from social media, and mitigate the risks?
Intruder Alert: Exposing Security & Compliance Risks in Education
Date: September 24, 2015
By Valerie Strauss November 12
Parental concerns about student privacy have been rising in recent years amid the growing use by schools, school districts and states use technology to collect mountains of detailed information on students. Last year, a controversial $100 million student data collection project funded by the Gates Foundation and operated by a specially created nonprofit organization called inBloom was forced to shut down because of these concerns, an episode that served as a warning to parents about just how much information about their children is being shared without their knowledge.