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Connecting the “Last Mile” of Application to the Local Digital Ecosystem

How easy is it for teachers to implement an application they know will improve their students learning experience? Is the process so complex that they begin covertly using the application, putting the students and the district at risk? With each state and the federal government focusing more and more on student privacy and student safety, the legal, technical, and fiscal processes to implement new software can be overwhelming.   

The “Connect” project’s focus is to see how many of these steps can be standardized, automated, or establish effective practices so we all are not starting from scratch each time. The goal is to streamline application selection, vetting, on boarding (sharing properly protected data elements), and final implementation with marketplace norms.

“As a previous state education technology director, I know that one of the biggest hurdles for learning institutions is onboarding applications into their own ecosystems. This pain impacts the time between a great application identification to having it used by students along with increased costs and complexity by each one being done in its own unique manner. Why not streamline and standardize?”

               Larry L Fruth II, PhD, previous State of Ohio Ed Technology Director

 

 

 

Privacy Connect is being seen by some the Holy Grail for school/district level CIOs. The project’s focus is to see how to simplify the steps between the identification of a desired application to students actually accessing that application. This often-complicated process may include various owners (legal, technical, fiscal, etc.), critical areas of concern (privacy, security, parental notice, etc.) and impact (academic alignment, usage, other options, etc.). How much of this complicated process can be standardized, automated, or utilize effective practices so we all are not starting from scratch each time? The goal is to streamline application selection, vetting, on boarding (sharing properly protected data elements), and final implementation with marketplace norms – all done in a standardized manner. The project is leveraging the collaborative strength of the SDPC to develop a freely available open technical standard that would help identify the “right data to the right application” in a standard transport manner identified in the various Alliance developed shared privacy contract frameworks. In essence the Consortium is helping create a “Secure K-20 Education Data Environment for Learning”!


Available to Marketplace

SDPC Membership Value

Openly developed technical privacy specification

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Access to vendor marketplace information

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Effective practices documentation support for application integration

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Highlight for vendor members in the marketplace

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Privacy Certification for application providers

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Additional contact and support information from providers for end users

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