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Apr 11 / Geoffrey Nathan

You can watch your students read their textbooks

For those of us who keep up with privacy issues in education, here’s an interesting story in the Times. There’s an app that keeps track of students’ reading habits with certain electronic textbooks, and sends a report to the faculty member. It pays attention to whether they have taken notes (within the app, of course, not on paper) and how long the text was open (in the electronic reader).

This has raised some questions about privacy, and some folks have been invoking Big Brother (who, as you may recall, paid attention to whether you were doing your physical exercises vigorously enough).

The company who puts this app out claims that nobody has complained about the privacy issues involved. And then, there are the validity questions (like what about the folks who take notes on paper, or in their word processor).

Here’s the article (usual warning about external links, especially the Times…)

 

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