Carie Valentine posted this to Facebook yesterday and I thought this needed to go out quickly to find out if others can replicate this experience.
“Please read this! My head is spinning. Most of the online resources we use are not only mining data they are going much deeper. I just found out that Khan Academy has been accessing the camera on our lap top to data mine. We covered the camera in the middle of a lesson and the computer said, “service error”. We aren’t using that anymore and we covered the camera with a sticky note. This is why the entirety of education reform is so bad and far reaching. I have known Khan was aligned with Common Core but naively thought we could use it here and there for other things besides math and English.”
Here’s an article Carie linked to on Khan’s data collection policies, and a bunch of other education related companies who have centered their business models on data collection.
Consider the popular nonprofit tutorial service Khan Academy. It’s free. But users do pay a price: In effect, they trade their data for the tutoring.
“Data is the real asset,” founder Sal Khan told an academic conference last fall.
The site tracks the academic progress of students 13 and older as they work through online lessons in math, science and other subjects. It also logs their location when they sign in and monitors their Web browsing habits. And it reserves the right to seek out personal details about users from other sources, as well, potentially building rich profiles of their interests and connections.
But the revised policy makes clear that Khan Academy still allows third parties, such as YouTube and Google, to place the tiny text files known as “cookies” on students’ computers to collect and store information about their Web usage. Khan Academy also states that it may share personal information with app developers and other external partners, with students’ consent.
A spokeswoman for the site said Khan Academy’s main goal in collecting data is to “help students learn effectively and efficiently.”
The article also quotes Microsoft chief technology officer Cameron Evans as saying, “Children’s personal information ‘is splintering across the Internet. Anonymity is going to be more valuable than gold in the near future.’”
Well said Cameron. Your company is leading the effort to extinguish that anonymity.
Are Common Core Standards Actually Data Tags? www.huffingtonpost.com/peter-greene/common-core-standards_b_5346907.html
Who Puts the Scary in Pearson? Meet Knewton. http://curmudgucation.blogspot.com/2014/03/who-puts-scary-in-pearson-meet-knewton.html
The New Intelligence (big article on Knewton’s implementation at Arizona State University) http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2013/01/25/arizona-st-and-knewtons-grand-experiment-adaptive-learning#sthash.JPJ0qMp6.dpbs