Friday, October 12, 2018

Bypassing Your Resident Technology Control Freak

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As I was poking around on my Facebook account, this popped onto my screen:
Hey all! I was coming here for some advice. We are not a 1:1 district. We have BYOD an devices for check out. We have teachers who want to use Forms & QR codes for checkouts when leaving the classroom. They are wanting to track students. So they scan the QR code. Log in with their credentials. State where they are headed. Submit. The problem here is there is no way for them to log off. So the next student who uses the device and scans the QR is logged in as the previous student. We were going to not have them sign in and just type their ID#. The bad thing is that they could use their friends ID# if they didn’t want their number being tracked.

Any advice? 
As inoffensive as this request for assistance is, my first reaction was, "How come we're using technology to track visits to the restroom and such? Isn't that just a waste of technology?" I mean, if you've spent $300 (a Chromebook, iPad) or more on a device, do you really want to use it to track kids going to the restroom or to the library?

The obvious response is, "No. Absolutely not." Aside from being a privacy concern, let's take a look at another potential issue here. That issue? Students can't log off the device. Further investigation reveals that the reason they can't log off is that technology has made it impossible for students to log off.

Wait, you're probably coming up with a technical solution or workaround. Mine was simple--treat students like human beings, and re-enable permissions that enable to log off a machine. What kind of society are we building in K-12 schools when we show kids how to just forfeit privacy rights?

In the meantime, my suggested workaround--which probably won't work if the devices are locked down--is to just load an app.
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