Revolutionizing Secure Data Exchange in K-12 Schools

Revolutionizing Secure Data Exchange in K-12 Schools

In our webinar, “Who can you trust when it comes to handling student data?” featuring Kevin Lewis and Rob Abel from 1EdTech Consortium, Bill Lohman from Vernon Parish School Board, Leo Brehm from Taunton Public Schools, and Michael King from GG4L, the panel provided valuable insights into the challenges and solutions related to secure data exchange in K-12 schools.

Secure by Design: A Fundamental Principle

The future of secure data exchange in K-12 schools is firmly grounded in the principle of being “secure by design.” This proactive approach integrates security measures into the very fabric of educational technologies, ensuring that data protection is not an afterthought but a fundamental aspect of the system.

By incorporating robust encryption, access controls, and regular security audits, edtech solutions are evolving to become inherently secure. This approach instills confidence in educators, students, and parents, fostering a conducive environment for the widespread adoption of technology in education.

Secure Data Exchange

The secure exchange of data has become paramount, especially in K-12 schools where the protection of student information is of utmost importance. Traditional rostering systems are giving way to more innovative approaches, and organizations like 1EdTech and GG4L are spearheading a transformative shift towards secure, anonymized data exchange. This paradigm shift is not only safeguarding sensitive information but also fostering collaboration and innovation within the education sector.

The webinar shed light on the challenges faced by educators and administrators in managing data. Leo Brehm from Taunton Public Schools emphasized the need for a streamlined approach, particularly around managing lists and data privacy agreements (DPAs). Bill Lohman from Vernon Parish School Board highlighted the limitations of traditional student information systems and the importance of real-time synchronization.

Moving Away from Traditional Rostering

One significant aspect of the future of secure data exchange in K-12 schools is the departure from traditional rostering systems. Rostering, which involves the creation and management of student profiles and class assignments, has historically posed challenges in terms of data privacy and security.

Enterprises like GG4L are advocating for a move towards anonymized data exchange. This revolutionary approach involves stripping personally identifiable information (PII) from the data shared between schools and edtech providers, minimizing the risk of data breaches. This shift not only ensures compliance with privacy regulations but also encourages a more open and collaborative environment for education technology development.

Bill Lohman shared his experience with this approach, noting his school district’s transition to GG4L’s PII monitoring system, which allowed for a more precise and controlled data exchange process. The adoption of GG4L’s platform enabled Bill to have a single source of truth (SIS to GG4L to the app), minimizing the complexities associated with multiple data syncs.

Anonymized Data Is the Future

The concept of anonymized OneRoster, discussed by Leo Brehm, drew attention to the potential of making DPAs obsolete by prioritizing the privacy of data through anonymization. This approach could significantly simplify the data exchange process and reduce the burden on educators and administrators.

A notable point from the discussion was the emphasis on data minimization, a principle promoted by Kevin Lewis. The idea is to practice caution in collecting only the necessary data, reducing the risk and effort associated with managing extensive datasets.

The panel also touched upon the challenges of enforcing data privacy agreements, with Michael King from GG4L noting the difficulty of auditing multiple vendors across a district. The discussion highlighted the importance of reducing the need for such agreements by implementing measures like anonymized data exchange and working with vendors who had achieved 1EdTech’s “Trusted App” designation.

Collaboration within the Industry Is Crucial

The future of education is in edtech. And the future of edtech is a collaborative effort to better secure student data, protect student data privacy at all costs, and work together to ensure that the industry moves forward in a safe way.

In terms of education and adoption, Kevin Lewis emphasized the significance of communication and collaboration between schools and vendors. Actively participating in workgroups, committees, and task forces related to data privacy allows districts to voice their concerns and work collectively towards secure data practices.

The collaborative efforts of 1EdTech and GG4L focuses on developing solutions that prioritize security by design. The move towards anonymized data exchange, as discussed by the panel, represents a pivotal shift in securing the future of data exchange in K-12 schools.

As K-12 schools navigate the digital age, the future of secure data exchange lies in the hands of visionary organizations like 1EdTech and GG4L. By championing Secure by Design principles and promoting the shift towards anonymized data exchange, these organizations are shaping an educational landscape where innovation can coexist with data security in a journey toward a safer and more collaborative future in education technology for students, educators, and stakeholders alike.

Who Can You Trust to Handle Student Data?

Our recent webinar, “Who can you trust when it comes to handling student data?” digs deep into the conversation on data privacy and the industry challenges that have emerged, including how school districts can effectively provision learning apps accessing Personally Identifiable Information (PII) and opportunities for districts and edtech vendors to collaborate on a unified approach toward data anonymization. If you’re concerned about data privacy and how student data is managed, view the webinar.



1EdTech stands at the forefront of the movement towards secure data exchange in K-12 schools. With a focus on leveraging technology for the betterment of education, this organization is committed to providing cutting-edge solutions that prioritize security without compromising functionality. By partnering with schools and edtech providers, 1EdTech is leading the charge in developing robust frameworks for secure data sharing.

The emphasis on compliance with data protection regulations, such as GDPR and COPPA, ensures that schools can trust the platforms and technologies offered by 1EdTech to keep their students’ information safe.

Global Grid for Learning (GG4L)

GG4L is a key player in the realm of secure data exchange for K-12 schools. Recognizing the need for seamless collaboration between schools and technology vendors, GG4L facilitates a secure ecosystem where data can be exchanged.

Global Grid for Learning is not only championing secure data exchange but also fostering interoperability among educational tools, creating a more cohesive and integrated edtech landscape.

GG4L - The Global Grid 4 Learning

School Passport is a data exchange platform that exchanges any data with any EdTech product, eliminates the need to share student PII and is easy to implement for schools and vendors.


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