Author Archives: Harmonica

Inappropriate Content and Transparency in Public Schools

How many parents have time to take note of the inroads perversion is making in public schools?  Here are a few examples from the State of Florida over the last two years. April 2018: First Coast News reported on a … Continue reading

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How Many Schools Leave Their Digital Doors Open and Expose Private Data or Get Data Duped?

According to a Politico article from March 2018, there was a major data breach of personal information at Florida Virtual School (FLVS).  While Florida Virtual School claimed they were hacked, the article notes two different people who explained that FLVS … Continue reading

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Are You Breaking the Law When You Post Student Photos Online Without Parental Consent?

In May 2016, Education Law Insights published an article discussing student photos taken at school titled “Before You Upload That Student Photo, Ask: What Would FERPA (Have Me) Do?” The article covers a litany of questions and scenarios to think … Continue reading

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Will Your Kid’s School Data be the Next Privacy Breach?

The Facebook Data Privacy problem is bad, but it didn’t necessarily include very personal information collected by your child’s school district.  One product heavily engaged in student data collection that includes social networking and learning analytics is Edsby.  Edsby is … Continue reading

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Kids Need Better Books: How Did Mabry Elementary’s Library Perform Against Four Other Hillsborough Schools?

Public School Library books should exude quality content with morals and ethics; after all schools are for educating students.  Should children’s desires be what guides the books procured for school libraries? Is that what guides the classroom? Mabry Elementary is … Continue reading

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Kids Need Better Books: When Schools Fail What Can You Do?

Why aren’t more schools consistently providing quality literature from a young age? Encouraging children to read excellent books might help address some of society’s problems. Children should be guided onto a path where they can eventually take on works by … Continue reading

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Books Promoted by a Hillsborough County Public Library

Are these books, pictured below, the best recommendations to promote on a children’s bookshelf in a Hillsborough County Public Library? Let’s consider the Timmy Failure series by Stephan Pastis.  The first book in this series, Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made … Continue reading

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