Social media use in distance learning raises privacy concerns

Dive Brief:

  • Connecting with students over social media raises equity and privacy concerns, The 74 reports. Though social media sites give teachers a convenient way to connect with students, children younger than 13 are prohibited from signing up for many social media platforms because they collect user data, which runs counter to the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA).
  • Students also may not have access to social media or they may have connectivity issues, making content streaming difficult, and the practice can also raise concerns about the potential for educator misconduct. 
  • Parents are concerned about the digital safety of students, as well, according to a report from the Center for Democracy and Technology that found 62% of parents reporting they are at least somewhat concerned about the privacy and security of data collected by schools, and only 40% saying their child’s school explained to them how it protects this information. 
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Support teachers on social media with your #TeachersCan stories

TEXAS, USA — World Teachers’ Day is Monday, Oct. 5, and we’re encouraging all Texans to help highlight the teachers who have made a difference in their life and the lives of their family members.

You can share a video or post on social media using the hashtag #TeachersCan and #ThankATeacher to make sure everyone knows about that special person who guided you or a loved one in their education.

We are partnering this year with #TeachersCan, a statewide movement supported by more than 125 partnering businesses and organizations committed to elevating the teaching profession and honoring the critical role teachers play in the success of Texas.

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Hong Bao Media launches online learning Academy

Hong Bao Media is pleased to announce the launch of its online learning platform, HBM Academy.

In recognition of the trend towards more online learning, we have launched the platform with two of our market-proven courses, “Business presentation skills for future leaders”, and “Video Savvy – Express course for marketers producing video”, which have already seen good take up on the online learning platform Udemy.

A third course titled “How to present live webcasts like a TV anchor” will be added soon.

“The circuit breaker and lockdown during the Coronavirus outbreak this year has caused a tectonic shift in how people communicate and learn,” said Mark Laudi, Managing Director of Hong Bao Media, “Almost all business activity has moved online, and people have become very accustomed to doing everything virtually. Now that the lockdown has ended and business is getting back to normal, some of those habits will stick.”


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Monday Morning Media Roundup: September 28th, 2020

I was never much one for math, but we’ve all had to become something of mathematic experts as Milwaukee’s last two seasons offer the possibility of back-to-back transitive property championships. Smugly sitting back in your armchair and firing off tweets about how “if we’d only beaten Eventual Champion X, we’d definitely have beaten Other Eastern Team Y and gone on to win the Finals over Whatever Western Team Z” is all we have left once the fires of our blazing wreck have been put out.

Jimmy Butler et al. watching a band on stage in front of a crowd

© Photo by Brian Babineau/NBAE via Getty Images

Which is the long-winded way of saying we’ll be stuck with another case of the woulda, coulda, shouldas if Miami does the thing and defeats LA in the Finals. We’ve already faded so rapidly into obscurity that nobody outside of our psychotic corner of the internet will even bother connecting the dots that lead from being down

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‘COVID-19 IRL’: Western Washington University students use social media to educate incoming students

‘COVID-19 IRL’ (In Real Life) is a social media campaign started by Western Washington University students for students to help them learn about the coronavirus.

BELLINGHAM, Wash. — With only 1,300 hundred of the normally 4,000 students living on campus returning this week, life is much quieter under coronavirus at Western Washington University (WWU).

But that doesn’t mean it’s any more calm.

“I’m definitely worried about school starting back up and what thousands of students moving back up to Bellingham means for the community and for COVID infection rates,” said grad student Hunter Stuehm.

Stuehm is a member of student government at WWU.

He said 90% of students surveyed said they wear masks and social distance while in public, but that number drops to 40% when they’re with friends and family. 

“It’s frustrating to see young people not being responsible,” he said. “That behavior is inappropriate and inexcusable, but I

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Baylor University Earns High Ranking for Student Engagement by The Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education College Rankings | Media and Public Relations

Contact: Terry Goodrich, Baylor University Media and Public Relations, 254-644-4155
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WACO, Texas (Sept. 23, 2020) — The Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education College Rankings 2021 has ranked Baylor University No. 5 nationally in the category of engagement, which measures how well a university informs, inspires and challenges students.

Baylor also earned top ranking of the Big 12 universities in the engagement classification of the rankings, which included 797 institutions.

The College Rankings is a pioneering ranking of United States colleges and universities that puts student success and learning at its heart. The ranking adopts a balanced scorecard approach, with four pillars — engagement, outcomes, resources and environment — that combine 15 individual performance indicators to create an overall score reflecting an institution’s strength.

The ranking is designed to answer the questions that matter most to students and their families when making one of the

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