Selecting Third Party Digital Resources:
The following flowchart is for evaluating a provider’s protection of student data
Opt-Out Template Letter
Recommended for any non-CEC supported digital resource that requires the creation of student accounts
When considering a new digital resource (free or paid, app or web-based) it’s imperative that teachers and schools look at what student data, if any, will be provided to the vendor and whether or not the vendor is committed to protecting the data as required under FERPA and the Colorado Student Data Transparency and Security Act.
The following resources are available to help teachers, staff, and administrators evaluate and select digital resources that appropriately protect student data.
Guidelines for App Purchases
The use of mobile devices in support of student learning can be powerful. There are thousands of apps and Web services available for mobile devices, and the list of educational apps grows daily. Rather than apps for rote learning or memorization of discrete sets of information, we believe that the best apps for the district to invest in and provide are those that serve the general cause of productivity for learning.
Selection Criteria for Other Apps
In alignment with CEC policy JRC, educational apps in addition to the list above should be approved by a Head of School or their designee(s) before being installed on district devices. The following selection criteria will be used in determining the educational value of an app.
Please note: Paid apps will require the purchase of a license for each device. The cost of purchasing these apps is the responsibility of the school, department, or individual user. CEC does not provide funds for app purchasing beyond those listed on the provided app list.