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ERIC Number: EJ1092263
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1094-9046
Going Google: Privacy Considerations in a Connected World
Bray, Marty
Knowledge Quest, v44 n4 p36-41 Mar-Apr 2016
Forsyth County Schools (FCS) is a rapidly growing school district just north of Atlanta, Georgia. It has approximately 45,000 students and is one of the top-ranked school districts in the state with a graduation rate of 94 percent and test scores to match this excellent graduation rate. The district has long been known as a leader in the area of educational technology. It has been a Bring Your Own Technology (BYOT) system for approximately ten years and was one of the first systems to have interactive whiteboards installed in every classroom. Roughly two years ago FCS decided to formally adopt Google Apps for Education as one of the many digital resources that it offers its students. Google Apps for Education (GAFE) is a widely used service offered by Google to school districts for free. In addition to e-mail, Google offers its suite of productivity tools including Docs, Sheets, and Slides and unlimited storage in its cloud-based service known as Google Drive. Prior to adopting GAFE, FCS had allowed various teachers and schools around the district to use GAFE, even though the service had not been formally adopted. This use on an individual or school-wide basis came about because of a change in FCS technology leadership and because of the inconsistent and siloed use of GAFE around the system. The piecemeal use of this resource suite meant that one of GAFE's greatest strengths, collaboration, could not be fully realized across the district. It also meant that the district and its students were potentially vulnerable if GAFE was misused. Central to this vulnerability was the potential compromise of student privacy. How FCS went about mitigating risk in this area for the district and its students is the subject of this article.
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Georgia
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