Parental consent, while legally sufficient, is an insufficient mechanism to protect the privacy of children and the confidentiality of student records because: It assumes parents have adequate digital literacy to make informed choices about their children’s privacy. It assumes school district immunity despite obligations under Section 79.1.b of the B.C. School Act. It assumes Google has incentive to adequately inform parents about the risks of data retention, profiling and automated decision making. It assumes computational statistical inferences derived from machine learning algorithms doesn’t threaten the privacy of children. I offer five recommendations: Strengthen the conditions for consent to be given. Expand the definition of digital literacy and offer learning opportunities for parents and teachers. Make it as easy to withdraw consent as it is to give consent. Create meaningful alternatives for students of parents who opt out. Phase out and discontinue use of GAFE in the classroom.
When the technological investment in five million learners is being primarily spent playing games with questionable educational benefit, taking low level assessments, and watching YouTube then we have an edtech crisis on our hands. We can have "certified this" and "distinguished that" honors in our email signatures and be "ambassadors" for a thousand apps and sites but this report shows us the grim reality of how devices are really being used.
A huge amount of Chromebook use is being spent on educationally questionable video games, low level assessments, and YouTube
I think that this all highlights another point, the influence of outside influences on education. Whether it be Go Guardian, Kahoot! or Texthelp, every company is now a data company – a point Genevieve Bell makes. The concern is whose data? I wonder where such collections will sit with the changes associated with GDPR.
N.B. Don’t tell Stager!
- Find exactly what you want in Google+ with new search options and filters – From an updated look of the search interface to search suggestions and domain-only filters, these new experiences can make users confident that the content they see is the content they want.
- 10 ways we’re making Classroom and Forms easier for teachers this school year – There is a range of updates, include single student view, ability to reorder classes, decimal grading, transfer class ownership, import Forms quiz scores into classroom and add feedback by question in Quizzes
- Introducing a new way to share YouTube videos – You can now share videos directly on YouTube. Not only can you share and receive videos in the mobile app, you can also chat about them right on YouTube, reply with another video, invite others to the conversation, and more.
- Better manage large events in Google Calendar – Starting today, event organizers working on large events (200 or more guests) can use Google Sheets to more easily see who is attending and invite large group mailing lists reliably.
- Data Loss Prevention now available in Team Drives – In January of this year, Google announced Data Loss Prevention (DLP) for Google Drive, giving G Suite Enterprise edition customers more control over how data is shared beyond their company. They are now bringing DLP to content stored in Team Drives.
- Introducing the Slides API Codelab – The codelab is a great exercise for learning the Slides API, especially if you have an interest in big data, automating the creation of presentations or open source.
- Anti-phishing security checks in the Gmail app for iOS – There are new security features for iOS Gmail customers, including click-time warnings for malicious links and unintended external reply warnings
- Get on the same page: new Google Docs features power team collaboration – Better “version control” to customize tools for your workflows and to help teams locate information when they need it.
- Google Adds Chrome Sync to gSuite for Education Core Services – Recently Google quietly made a change to include “Chrome Sync” in the list of “Core” tools in gSuite for Education. Chrome Sync provides the ability (when you sign in to Chrome or by default on a Chromebook), to sync Chrome data to your Google Account and to any other supported ChromeOS/browser that is signed in.
- Map your site to a custom URL in the new Google Sites – As a professional organization, it’s often important that you host both internal and external info at a well-known URL. Already supported in the classic Google Sites, this is now available in the new Google Sites as well.
- A new YouTube look that works for you – The new look applies material design to YouTube and delivers a fresh, simple and intuitive user experience that lets content shine
Posts & Resources
- Google Document URL Tricks – Tony Vincent demonstrates that by replacing /edit in the URL, you can transform a shareable link into a Preview, Copy, Template, or PDF link.
- Google Drive – Sort the Files – Alice Keeler unpacks the different ways of sorting files in Google Drive.
- Google Apps Version History: Stop Making Copies – Alice Keeler shows how to name versions in Docs, Sheets and Slides.
- Using Named Versions in Docs to Track Writing Drafts – Eric Curts explains how ‘Version History’ makes it even easier to see student progress and provide better feedback and assessment.
CHROME & BOOKS
- Chromebook Keyboard Shortcuts – Karly Moura has created a simple graphic collecting some of the more useful shortcuts associated with Chromebooks.
- An ancient Chrome tab trick just blew my mind – Peter Bright explains how you can use the standard selection modifiers—ctrl-click for multiple non-continuous tabs, shift-click for multiple continuous tabs – to tear off entire groups of related tabs in a single action.
- Chromebook Tips – Wanda Terral collects together a number of tips associated with using Chromebooks in the form of sketches.
- Kinders Log Into Acer Chromebooks 2nd Day of School – Christine Pinto outlines her steps to getting students in the early years onto devices.
- 10 Ways to Google-fy Your Open House and BTS Night – Stephen Mosley provides some suggestions for showing off GSuite and Chromebooks during events such as open nights.
- What Happened to Google’s Effort to Scan Millions of University Library Books? – Jennifer Howard discusses the impact that Google’s scanning has had on scholarship and the ability to engage in textual analysis.
- Making Visible Watermarks More Effective – Tali Dekel and Michael Rubinstein discuss how Google has shown how it can remove watermarks and what needs to change in order to make them stronger.
- 9 Alternatives to Google Image Search – Richard Byrne created a chart to give students some options besides Google Images for finding images that are either in the Public Domain or are labeled with a Creative Commons license
- How to Add a QR Code to a Google Document – Richard Bryne demonstrates how to use QR Droid to generate a QR code for a Google Doc.
- How to Print a Guest List From a Google Calendar Event – Richard Byrne steps through the new feature in Calendar to print out a guest list.
- 5 Tips for New Google Calendar Users – Richard Byrne provides a range of simple tips, including how to create an event, how to set calendar reminders, how to color code icons/events, how to use the agenda view and how to print your calendar.
- Versatility of Google Slides – Emma Cottier collates a number of uses for Slides, including examples for each.
- Google Slides: Add Your Webcam – Alice Keeler shows how to use the Webcam Record Extension to add commentary to Slides.
- How to Collect Files Through Google Forms – Richard Byrne demonstrates how to collect files through Google Forms.
- How to Add a Google Form to Google Classroom – Alice Keeler provides a step-by-step guide to incorporating Forms within Google Classroom.
SHEETS & SCRIPTS
- Show data from the GitHub API in Google Sheets, using Apps Script and Oauth – Ben Collins demonstrates how to retrieve data from GitHub using Google Sheets.
- My Google Apps Script app isn’t verified: Understanding why and how to fix – Martin Hawksey explains how users can take steps to dismiss the warning and authorize Google App Scripts, alternatively developers can submit their app to Google to become verified.
- Filtering with dates in the QUERY function – Ben Collins provides a guide to a few extra steps involved in using dates with the query function.
- Welcome to your first day of Classroom – There’s been such an outpouring of instructional videos, blogs and resources associated with Classroom since it was released, Google have curated some of their favorites into a new collection called #FirstDayofClassroom
- NEW! Google Classroom: Rearrange the Class Tiles – Alice Keeler shows how you can now rearrange the tiles on the Google Classroom home screen by simply dragging and rearranging.
- NEW! Google Classroom: Individual Student View – Alice Keeler demonstrates how the new single student view in Classroom works.
- NEW! Google Classroom: Display the Class Code – Alice Keeler shows how the new whole screen display of the class code works.
- Impact Learning with Google Classroom – Alice Keeler explains how Classroom allows teachers and students to engage more with each other. Whether it be collaborating in a Doc, sharing a video with students or engaging with questions, Classroom provides a number of ways to interact.
- Google Classroom: Make Learning Better with Conversations – Alice Keeler explains how Private Comments in Google Classroom allow for fast specific feedback and builds relationships with students since the student has the opportunity to reply back, thus having a conversation
- Google Classroom: Reply Notifications for a Question – Alice Keeler unpacks the question function in Classroom and how notifications work.
- 3 Chrome Extensions that Make Google Classroom Even More Awesome! – Kasey Bell highlights three Chrome extensions which can help make Classroom even easier to use.
- Google Classroom: Invisible Feedback – Alice Keeler explains how feedback disappears in a document when a student turns it in and shares how she gets around this by turning it back to students as quick as possible.
- Google Classroom Mobile App – Alice Keeler highlights some of the benefits of the Classroom Mobile App.
- Google Classroom: Returning Optional Work – Alice Keeler explains how to manage and return optional tasks and challenges in Google Classroom.
- Add Google Drawing to Google Slides – Alice Keeler demonstrates how to insert a Google Drawing into Slides by publishing to the web and then inserting by URL.
- 2 Truths/1 Lie: Other Grades – Lisa Nowakowski explains how Maps can be used to collaborative plot out information.
- Simple Virtual Reality In The Classroom With Google Streetview And Google Cardboard With Donnie Piercey – Vicki Davis and Donnie Piercey discuss using Google Streetview to create your own 360 degree images.
- Top 10 Google Expeditions & Cardboard Tips – A range of tips collected by Monica Martinez.
- Virtual Reality Showcase at the Young Creators Conference – Lee Hewes discusses the potential of creating virtual reality content with applications like Minecraft for facilitating community and conversation.
- Ten Things Students Can Do With Google Keep – Richard Byrne lists ten uses of Google Keep for students.
- Google Keep – Narrative Feedback for Students – Tom Mullaney shows how to use Google Keep to facilitate and organise feedback adding in such elements as audio and images.
- Alternatives to YouTube’s Video Editor – It’s Going Away – Richard Byrne provides a list of options for creating video slideshows and editing video.
- Exploring and Visualizing an Open Global Dataset – Reena Jana explains that by releasing the Quick Draw! dataset, and tools like Facets, Google hope to facilitate the exploration of more inclusive approaches to machine learning, and to turn those observations into opportunities for innovation.
- Introducing Android 8.0 Oreo – An overview of the new Android operating system.
- EDU in 90 – A new video series from Google for Education for educators, administrators, and school leaders on things like product updates, new programs, and helpful resources for the classroom.
Originally posted on the eLearn Update blog.
Notes can be found here.