With the support of Congressman Jared Polis, FOSI convened a panel on Capitol Hill to talk about the challenges and opportunities offered through the collection of student data. The hour-long discussion was moderated by Stephen Balkam, CEO of FOSI and featured John Bailey, Executive Director of Digital Learning Now, Richard Culatta, Director of the Office of Educational Technology at the United States Department of Education, Aden Fine, Chief Privacy Officer at Edmodo and Sarah Holland, Senior Analyst, Public Policy and Government Relations at Google.
With all of the recent press attention, proposed legislation and general discussion on the topic, the room was packed to learn more about what companies were doing with children's personal information, why student information was collected and how that data was then stored. Panelists also discussed how data could be used to help students and to boost classroom attainment.
All of the panelists agreed on the importance of dealing with facts not hypotheticals and keeping parents informed about the uses of their children’s data. Ultimately the panel concluded that the opportunities offered through data collection and incorporating technology in the classroom must be retained, while children’s personal data continues to be protected.