Testimony to Congress details importance of student privacy, necessity of federal reform

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Today I had the privilege of testifying before the U.S. House Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education during a hearing, “How Emerging Technology Affects Student Privacy.” This hearing was both timely and significant. As technology plays an increasing role in education, parents and students are thinking about the data collected by schools and the extent to which it is being gathered and protected. My testimony detailed the commitment Read more »

White House endorses student privacy pledge in call for comprehensive privacy reform

Today, I had the privilege of listening to the president’s speech at the Federal Trade Commission on privacy protections for consumers. While the president touched on many important issues during this speech, he specifically discussed how these protections extend to K-12 students, including the expanded role and benefits of technology in the classroom and the accompanying need for greater privacy protections for student data. Currently, federal law provides inadequate protection Read more »

Educational leaders discuss student privacy in higher education at D.C. symposium

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In early December, higher-education policy professionals and academics gathered at the Microsoft Innovation & Policy Center in Washington, D.C. for a half-day symposium on challenges raised by new approaches and emerging data-driven platforms in higher education. The discussion, “Building Privacy into Data-Driven Education,” was part of the @Microsoft series and was held in partnership with the Information Law Institute at NYU. Microsoft’s Senior Policy Counsel Greg McCurdy and NYU Information Law Read more »

Online assessments in the United States

Almost everyone remembers taking an exam on paper, filling in your multiple-choice answer selection in the oval bubbles with a No. 2 pencil. Ah, the good old days. Before the widespread availability of personal technology we did most of our learning (and teaching) with the most advanced technologies available – paper and pencil. While definitely tried and true, paper and pencil don’t enable the level of adaptation to the learning Read more »

Our pledge to safeguard student privacy

Usually when I hear the words “student” and “pledge” used in the same sentence, I’m transported back to a classroom in Brooklyn, New York, where my classmates and I would start each day by reciting, “I pledge allegiance, to the flag….” Today, though, I’d like to tell you about an entirely different pledge, one that I’m proud Microsoft is taking to protect student privacy. This morning, the Future of Privacy Read more »

Microsoft CTO for US Education Cameron Evans: A call for better tech integration in classrooms

Posted byJeff MeisnerEditor, Microsoft on the Issues Cameron Evans, Microsoft’s chief technology officer for U.S. Education, has an opinion piece posted oneSchool News. In the piece, he questions the impact technology has had in education, and provides ideas for how teachers can incorporate technology into their curriculum in unique ways that meet academic requirements and provide students with learning experiences and the creative freedom to express what they have mastered Read more »

Enhancing learning while protecting safety and privacy

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Over the past year, revelations of government surveillance, highly publicized data breaches and other stories of private information being leaked have dominated the media. More revealing than the stories themselves is the public’s impassioned response to them, demonstrating that there is still a basic expectation among Americans of personal privacy. As public discourse continues, some states, districts, schools and parents have begun to consider the safety of student data. In Read more »

California lawmakers consider legislation allowing computer science to count toward high school graduation requirements

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Continuing the momentum on computer science education, on Wednesday the California State Assembly Committee on Education held a hearing to consider legislation that would allow computer science to count toward high school graduation requirements. The legislation, AB 1764, sponsored by California State Assembly members Kristin Olsen and Joan Buchanan, was passed by the committee and would allow computer science courses to count as a math or science credit. Why does Read more »

Microsoft partners with USAID to help end extreme poverty by 2030

On Thursday, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) will announce that Microsoft is one of 30 inaugural Cornerstone Partners chosen to advance a science and technology-based approach to economic development. The Global Development Lab’s mission is to help end the extreme poverty that affects 1.2 billion people on the planet living on just $1.25 a day by 2030. The lab will support breakthrough solutions in water, health, food security, nutrition, Read more »

Idaho the latest state to make computer science courses count toward high school graduation requirements

Continuing the momentum we’ve seen across the country on computer science education, Idaho recently joined a growing number of states that allow computer science courses to count toward high school graduation requirements. We applaud Idaho for taking this important step, which will help prepare students for the jobs of today and tomorrow while supporting American innovation. Under the leadership of Gov. Butch Otter, the Idaho State Board of Education, State Read more »