In discussions about student privacy and data collection, it's easy to remain stuck on small pieces of the larger picture. In the interest of showing a more complete picture, it's worth looking at the data trail that could be created from a single day of learning. To guide us on this journey, we will work with Sondra*, a sixteen year old high school student. Sondra is enrolled in her local public school. She plays basketball, and takes a regular courseload.
1. The Day
A. Waking Up
Sondra wakes up at 6:30. She has left her school-issued iPad (part of the schools 1:1 iPad initiative) on and charging all night. Her school has Google Apps; she messages Amy, her girfriend, and says a quick "hello" via hangout.
On her way to school, Sondra stops off and gets coffee. She had been up late the night before, and mornings are always difficult. The caffeine...