Michigan schools are using AI to track what students write on their computers

From Conservative Choices Newsletter 8/23/18

Over 50 million k-12 students will go back to school in the US this month. For many of them using a school computer, every word they type will be tracked. “Parental consent can be a get-out-of-jail-free card for vendors…. “When a parent consents to terms [to a variety of edtech tools] at the beginning of the school year, that’s all the third-party really needs to operate.” …”I’m worried about how clearly my kid knows what he’s agreed to when receiving that district provided device,” MORE

For example: “When the Gaggle algorithm surfaces a word or phrase that may be of concern—like a mention of drugs or signs of cyberbullying—the “incident” gets sent to human reviewers before being passed on to the school. Securly goes one step beyond classroom tools and gives schools the option to perform sentiment analysis on students’ public social media posts. Using AI, the software is able to process thousands of student tweets, posts, and status updates to look for signs of harm.”  But what is “sentiment analysis”?  It is the process of computationally identifying and categorizing opinions expressed in a piece of text, especially in order to determine whether the writer’s attitude towards a particular topic, product, etc., is positive, negative, or neutral.  Gee, what is the school does not like your child’s feeling about something? How will this be used?

Is this what you want for YOUR children?

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