As those enmeshed in the education world are most likely well aware, kids under the age of 13 cannot use websites that collect any sort of data about them without express written permission by their parents due to the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA). The reasons for this protection is obvious, children need to be protected from certain outside influences, and from themselves in the event they might compromise their reputation or identity before they even understand its value.
The unintentional downside of this protection is it potentially leaves our kids running behind the global competition when it comes to digital literacy. Furthermore, not only are our kids going to fall behind in 21st century job skills, but it also limits scope of our children's global communication training; one of the biggest advantages of social networks in schools is the ability to communicate with others around the world, an increasingly important asset in an economy that is becoming more globalized everyday.
Enter Novachi. A Silicon Valley based corporation, Novachi provides social networking, learning management, and student information system tools for free to schools both in the US and internationally. In the US, Novachi is particularly valuable as they have a convenient way for parents to approve their child's use of Novachi's social network and education applications. This digital COPPA compliance mechanism makes it easy for parents to get their kids involved in learning 21st century skills long before they turn 13, effectively putting them ahead of the curve.
One of Novachi's greatest innovations is it allows LEAs to deploy their platform at the state, district, or school level for those organizations that prefer a top-down integrated approach. Administrators can take advantage of Novachi's patent-pending digital COPPA signatures via their IES (Integrated Education Sysytem). This means district-built and third-party apps can take advantage of the safety and security that Novachi's COPPA protocols offer.
In addition to deployment on an organizational level, Novachi is also available for teachers to sign up of their own initiative, gaining access to Novachi's Classroom Collaboration LMS for their students and parents for free.
With vendors like Novachi raising the bar for education technology and accessibility, our kids have a chance to stay competitive in the global marketplace. If you are a teacher or parent who wants their students to get involved in the 21st century classroom point your browsers to www.novachi.com.