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Monitoring, Managing, and Vetting Apps for Data Privacy
Wednesday, June 30, 2021 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm EDT
Presented by Monica Watts, Director of K-12 Engagement, IMS Global Learning Consortium; Kevin Lewis Sr., Project Manager, IMS Global Learning Consortium; and Reg Leichty, Founder and Partner, Foresight Law and Policy
Moderated by Monica Cougan, Manager, Strategic Relationships and Initiatives, CatchOn
Sponsored by CatchOn, An ENA Affiliate
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Access to digital learning tools and applications boomed last year as students and educators connected from homes and schools to learn. As the usage of digital applications expands, how do you help ensure your students’ data is safe?
In this edLeader Panel, Reg Leichty, Founder and Partner of Foresight Law and Policy, shares the latest federal and state legislative updates regarding student data privacy and compliance. Viewers will also learn about some proactive tools and programs available to districts to help safeguard student data, such as IMS Global Learning Consortium’s TrustEd Apps program and the partnership between IMS and CatchOn that enables districts to easily manage, monitor, and vet applications for compliance.
This recorded edLeader Panel will be of interest to preK-12 district leaders.
About the Presenters
Monica Watts is the director of K-12 engagement at the non-profit IMS Global Learning Consortium, providing a voice for K-12 institutions and bringing together technology providers to achieve digital equity and interoperability at scale. Monica is passionate about helping school districts integrate technology successfully. She graduated from Florida State University and received a Master of Library and Information Science from the University of South Florida.
Kevin Lewis Sr. manages IMS Global’s TrustEd Apps program to proactively guide and support institutions and edtech suppliers in the use, collection, and sharing of sensitive student data. Kevin started his career in education as an IT customer service representative, where he was responsible for the break-fix process at two high schools. He also held “Tech Tuesday” training to train principals and faculty on all district resources. Kevin then moved on to work as an education technology specialist and headed a district’s student data privacy, internet safety, and security initiative. In the two years of running this initiative, Kevin raised awareness about student data privacy and influenced education technology products to improve their privacy practices. Kevin is a Marine Corps combat veteran who has served proudly in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. After the military, Kevin worked in all areas of security and access control systems.
With over two decades of legal, policy, and lobbying experience, Reg Leichty advises education leaders, national associations, and other stakeholders about the federal laws, regulations, and programs that directly impact and support efforts to expand and improve educational opportunities. Among other laws, he counsels clients about the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, and the Universal Service provisions of the Telecommunications Act of 1996. His current work focuses on federal requirements and programs related to education technology, early learning, accountability and assessment, data use, and educator professional development and preparation.
About the Moderator
Monica Cougan is the manager of strategic relationships and initiatives at ENA and CatchOn, where she leverages her more than 35 years of experience in education and technology to help schools make the most of new technology. Throughout her career, Monica has been an evangelist for the adoption of technology as a transformative educational tool. She also has extensive experience helping K-12 schools implement 1:1 programs and in disseminating problem-based and project-based learning methodologies that focus on helping each student develop his or her own voice. Throughout Monica’s extensive career, she has sought out the diverse experiences required to know how to implement positive changes in education: she has served as a classroom teacher, adjunct professor, and education consultant for national, technology-based curriculum companies. Away from the classroom, she has served as an independent math consultant, worked in curriculum development, evaluated research on school-based programs, and developed professional learning opportunities for educators looking for a new mastery of technology.
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CatchOn is a user-friendly data analytics tool that collects real-time data on every device, enabling school districts to make data-informed decisions about the apps and online tools their educators and students are using. In 2018, CatchOn joined forces with ENA, a leading provider of comprehensive technology solutions to education institutions and libraries across the nation. Collectively, CatchOn and ENA leverage their respective resources and expertise to deliver critical services and solutions that help school districts produce positive outcomes in the communities they serve.