The New York Times’ Natasha Singer reports on the growing trend of college admissions officers’ monitoring applicants’ social media profiles, and how students have grown more aware of their digital footprints, especially when it comes to the college application process.
University of Texas at Austin Student Body President Kori Rady “illegally leaked the personal information of roughly 140 UT students in a May 5 email, according to university interpretation of federal law” eliciting mixed reactions from students. While some felt indifferent about the data leak, others expressed concern that their addresses and GPAs had been released.
The U.S. Department of Education Office of Civil Rights advised schools to be mindful of the digital divide in ed tech, cautioning that “disparities [based on race and income] persist regarding the number and quality of computers or mobile devices in the classroom, speed of internet access, and the extent to which teachers and staff are adequately prepared to teach students using these technologies.”
Researchers at Arizona State University received funding to study the creation of a “postdigital textbook.”
This update was compiled by Hannah Offer. Hannah is a senior at the Crossroads School for Arts & Sciences and a research assistant for the Student Privacy Initiative.