Student Privacy Training for Educators

Student Privacy & Pandemics: Emergency Professional Development for Educators

We don’t know what “back-to-school” will look like during the coronavirus pandemic, but we do know that, whether in-person or online, educators will remain the first line of defense on student privacy. Below are free, flexible professional development trainings for teachers to take on their own or through their school, which we will continue to update throughout the summer and fall of 2020. Looking for additional resources on student privacy and the COVID-19 pandemic? Check our resource repository, here.

Are we missing a topic you want to know about? Do you have a question we can help answer? Reach out and let us know.

About the Student Privacy & Pandemics Series

Recognizing the urgent need for professional development training resources for educators, we created a series of short videos, slide decks, and interactive activities on the most pressing topics schools face as they prepare to reopen in the fall. We understand that plans and considerations for returning to school continue to evolve, so we will be updating the series with trainings on new topics regularly. If you plan to use these trainings, we recommend linking to the Training Homepage or to our YouTube playlist to access the most up-to-date version of the series.

Let us know how we can improve this series here, and visit our webpage with more resources for educators here.

You can watch the full playlist below, or jump to any of the sections below to access its video, slides, and activity.

Student Privacy 101: Defining Privacy
Student Privacy 101: Student Data
Student Privacy 101: Legal Compliance, Privacy & Security Risks, and Transparency & Trust
Student Privacy 101: Why Protect Student Data?
Student Privacy 101: Understanding and Reducing Risk
Student Privacy 101: How to Protect Student Data
Student Privacy 101: Contextual Privacy
Student Privacy 101: What Are Your School’s Policies?
Adopting EdTech: FERPA and COPPA
Adopting EdTech: Privacy Vetting
Data Security: Improving Your Cyberhygiene
Special Topics: Monitoring Students
Special Topics: Student Surveys
Teaching Privacy to Your Students
Teaching Security to Your Students
*NEW* Communicating with Parents: Your Privacy Partners
*NEW* Advocating for Privacy
Privacy & Pandemics: Measuring Student Engagement and Performance Online
Privacy & Pandemics: Video Classrooms
Privacy & Pandemics: Checking-In on Student Social-Emotional Wellbeing
*NEW* Privacy & Pandemics: Helping Students Protect Their Privacy During Online Learning
*NEW* Privacy & Pandemics: Private Conversations with Students

All resources are provided under a Creative Commons license (CC BY-SA 4.0). Contact us if you would like to a copy of any of the videos or slide files in Powerpoint for your website or learning management system.

Watch our full playlist of training videos:

Student Privacy 101: Defining Privacy

This short training explores the meaning of privacy and why privacy is important.

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Resources

  1. Carnegie Mellon University, Privacy Illustrated
  2. Rob Kitchin, Privacy in a Digital World
  3. Daniel Solove, A Taxonomy of Privacy

Student Privacy 101: Student Data

Through videos created by the Data Quality Campaign, this section explores what student data is, why it is important, and identifies who collects student data and when.

Resources

  1. Data Quality Campaign, Who Uses Student Data?
  2. NY Times, Will You Graduate? Ask Big Data
  3. Data Quality Campaign, What is Student Data?

Student Privacy 101: Legal Compliance, Privacy & Security Risks, and Transparency & Trust

This short training provides an animated overview of student privacy.

Student Privacy 101: Why Protect Student Data?

This training explores provides an overview of potential risks to student privacy and why student information needs to be protected.

Student Privacy 101: Understanding and Reducing Risk

This training discusses how to evaluate the benefits and risks of different scenarios and implement strategies to reduce risk to student privacy.

Student Privacy 101: How to Protect Student Data

This short training walks through best practices for how to protect student data.

Student Privacy 101: Contextual Privacy

This short training introduces contextual privacy and how educators can protect the privacy of students with unique privacy needs.

Student Privacy 101: What Are Your School’s Policies?

This short training explores the importance of local policies that protect student privacy and when they should be consulted.

Adopting EdTech: FERPA and COPPA

This short training explores how federal student privacy laws FERPA and COPPA apply to edtech adoption.

Adopting EdTech: Privacy Vetting

This short training explores the student privacy responsibilities of educators when adopting edtech platforms, products, and services, including requirements under federal student privacy laws FERPA and COPPA.

Data Security: Improving Your Cyberhygiene

This short training provides a number of practical tips, strategies, and best practices you can take to improve your data security and safety.

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Resources

  1. Lorrie Cranor, Security Blanket
  2. Utah State Board of Education, Lastpass Install Tutorial
  3. Easy Tips for Keeping Student Data Safe When Taking Your Work Home breaks down basic security steps for securing your “classroom on the cloud.”
  4. Cybersecurity Considerations in a COVID-19 World covers precautions to avoid scams, protection of district equipment and data, online learning security basics, and questions to consider when leveraging video-enabled teleconferencing
  5. Cyberattacks Leverage Fear of Coronavirus: How Educators Can Prepare and Respond 
  6. 3 Easy Ways for Educators to Keep Online Accounts Secure discusses the importance of enabling two-factor authentication and passphrases.
  7. 3 Easy Steps for Educators to Make a Secure Passphrase underscores the importance of using passphrases rather than passwords and provides easy to follow tips on creating memorable passphrases.
  8. Sniffers and Snoopers and Hackers, Oh My! Protecting Yourself from the Risks of Public Wi-Fi provides teachers with quick tips on how to safely connect to public Wi-Fi.
  9. Wisconsin’s Student Data Privacy Training modules provides teachers tools to better manage, share and protect student data. 

Special Topics: Monitoring Students

This short training discusses best practices for monitoring students, and what the consequences could be if not approached with privacy best practices in mind.

Special Topics: Student Surveys

This short training discusses administering student surveys including legal requirements when it comes to consent and best practices.

Teaching Privacy to Your Students

This short training includes why students need to learn about privacy, key topics to cover, and provides linked lesson plans, activities, and other resources that educators can adapt for their classroom.

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Resources

  1. STE’s Digital Citizenship course for K-12 teachers
  2. Common Sense Media’s Digital Citizenship lesson plans for K-12 teachers
  3. Digital Citizenship+ Resource Platform, which includes lesson plans and activities
  4. My Privacy UK, funded by the United Kingdom’s privacy agency, with lessons, videos, and activities for children
  5. Canadian Civil Liberties Association’s Peer Privacy Protector Project (PPPP), created for Canadian students, but useful and relevant information for American students as well
  6. Fordham CLIP’s Privacy Educators Program includes lesson plans and visual aids for teachers
  7. International Computer Science Institute and the University of California-Berkeley’s Teaching Privacy Project
  8. MIT Media Lab, AI + Ethics Curriculum for Middle School
  9. Google for Education’s Digital Citizenship and Safety course for teachers and Be Internet Awesome lessons and activities for students

Teaching Security to Your Students

This short training includes why students need to learn about cybersecurity, key topics to cover, and provides linked lesson plans, activities, and other resources that educators can adapt for their classroom.

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Resources

  1. Common Sense Education, K–12 Digital Citizenship Curriculum
  2. International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), Digital Citizenship Course for K-12 teachers
  3. Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society (BKC), Digital Citizenship+ Resource Platform
  4. Fordham Center on Law and Information Policy (CLIP), Privacy Educators Program
  5. London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), My Privacy UK
  6. Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA), Peer Privacy Protector Project (PPPP)
  7. International Computer Science Institute and the University of California-Berkeley, Teaching Privacy Project
  8. Google for Education, Digital Citizenship and Safety
  9. Google for Education, Be Internet Awesome

Communicating with Parents: Your Privacy Partners

This short training discusses how to build trust and transparency with parents through communication and details how to communicate the benefits of using student data to help students succeed.

Advocating for Privacy

This short training provides guidance for how you can advocate for a culture of privacy at your school.

Privacy & Pandemics: Measuring Student Engagement and Performance Online

This short training explores how some of the privacy implications of collecting and using data about student engagement and performance online as part of remote learning, and provides best practices.

Privacy & Pandemics: Video Classrooms

This short training explores how FERPA applies to remote learning via online video, whether classes can be recorded, and how to best protect student privacy while using video for remote learning.

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Resources

  1. FPF, Fagen Friedman & Fulfrost LLP (F3), and California IT in Education (CITE), Classrooms in the Cloud Webinar (Slides)
  2. Consortium for School Networking (CoSN), Video Conferencing Tools in the Age of Remote Learning: Privacy Considerations for New Technologies
  3. U.S. Department of Education, FERPA and Virtual Learning

Privacy & Pandemics: Checking-In on Student Social-Emotional Wellbeing

This short training discusses how to approach student’s social-emotional wellbeing as they return to school this fall including applicable laws and best practices when administering a mental health screener.

Privacy & Pandemics: Helping Students Protect Their Privacy During Online Learning

This short training discusses what to teach students so they can better protect their privacy during distance learning.

Privacy & Pandemics: Private Conversations with Students

This short training discusses how teachers should approach and avoid obstacles in having private conversations with students during online learning.

Additional Trainings

Already gone through all our existing videos and want more? Here are more student privacy trainings and resources from various organizations.

FPF’s playlist of trainings available on YouTube:

 

Other Training Courses

  1. Student Data Privacy Training Videos, Utah State Board of Education (on YouTube)
  2. Utah Student Data Privacy Educator Course, Utah State Board of Education (no account required)
  3. Short student privacy guidance videos, U.S. Department of Education
  4. FERPA 101 course for Local Education Agencies, U.S. Department of Education (free account creation required)
  5. FERPA 201 course on Data Sharing Under FERPA, U.S. Department of Education (free account creation required)
  6. Compliance Training: Protecting Student Privacy For Teachers, Common Sense Media (free account creation required)
  7. Short Student Data Privacy Training Modules, Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (no account required)
  8. MOOC: Data Privacy? Get Schooled (course for K-12 policymakers), the Foundation for Excellence in Education and the Data Quality Campaign (free account creation required)
  9. FPF’s Student Privacy Train-the-Trainer Program (applications for 2021 program opening in September 2020)
  10. School Administrative Service Assistants Student Privacy Course, Hawaii Department of Education
  11. Training Module: COVID-19 and Student Privacy: Do’s and Don’t for State and Local Practitioners, Center for Democracy and Technology (free account creation required; all slides also available here)
  12. Facilitated Online Privacy Training for School District Leaders, CoSN (there is a course fee; the online course is offered periodically, check CoSN’s website for details)

Other Training Resources

  1. Ask Before You App, Fagen Friedman Fulfrost, LLP
  2. NCES Forum Guide to Education Data Privacy
  3. Protecting Privacy in Connected Learning Toolkit, CoSN

Are we missing a resource? Let us know!

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