Effective Date: June 17th, 2014
Last updated: June 1, 2016 (Updated operator information and product list.)
As described below, we use the information we collect from school administrators, teachers, parents, guardians, and students in connection with their use of our Products to provide the Products and related services to our school district and library customers and to inform and improve instruction and our Products. We do not use personal information—that is, information that identifies an individual or relates to an identifiable individual—for any other purpose.
THE INFORMATION WE COLLECT
In providing our Products, we and our service providers may collect the following:
- Information submitted by a school administrator or teacher about himself or herself, such as first and last name, email address, photo and other profile information, and username and password.
- Information submitted by a school administrator or teacher about the students in a particular school or classroom, such as first and last names, student ID numbers, usernames and passwords, gender and other demographic information, learning level, and performance data. Sometimes our customer provides us with or permits us to access a school or school district database from which we retrieve this information. We may combine information about a student with information about his or her school, such as its location.
- Information about a student’s parent or guardian, such as names and email addresses. This information may be submitted by a teacher or by the parent or guardian, and we may associate it with the student’s information.
- Information and content submitted by a school administrator or teacher, such as lesson plans and notes.
- Information and content submitted by a student using our Products, such as notes and responses to questions, activities, game play, assessments, assignments, and postings to a bulletin board viewable by others in the same class. Depending on the Product, a student’s notes and responses may be provided through open text fields, voice recordings, photographs, or video recordings. If a teacher chooses not to set individual passwords for his or her students’ accounts, then students in the same class may be able to access each other’s notes or other work.
- For certain of our Products, the name and email address of an individual to whom a user wishes to send content from the Product. We use the information only to send the message, and we do not retain it.
- Information from and about the user’s device, such as mobile device type, browser type and version, operating system name and version, IP address, and referring URL. We collect this information automatically when a user accesses our services, to help us understand usage, diagnose problems, administer our Products, and provide support.
- Information collected through pixel tags (also known as web beacons and clear GIFs) or other, similar technologies to track how a user navigates through our Products, so that we can understand, for example, what links are clicked and what content is accessed and for how long. This information allows us to improve our user interface and create a better product, such as by making commonly accessed content easier to reach or by more prominently displaying content that has been less frequently accessed.
HOW WE USE AND DISCLOSE THE INFORMATION WE COLLECT
In addition to the uses described above, and subject to any restrictions imposed by applicable law or our agreement with our customer, we may use and disclose the information we collect:
- To permit our customers and their authorized end users (i.e., administrators and teachers) to tailor and optimize the use of our Products to the needs of a particular school, classroom, or student.
- To permit school administrators and teachers to review students’ work, monitor students’ performance and progress, plan lessons, and otherwise support instruction.
- To permit parents and guardians to review their children’s work and monitor their performance and progress.
- To offer students immediate feedback and continuous support, permit them to access information shared by their teachers, suggest other content or activities for them, help them track their own progress and maintain a file of their work, allow them to create a collection of books or other content, permit them to play games with other students, and adjust instruction to meet their needs.
- To personalize user experience, such as by using the appropriate language, displaying his or her name on the user dashboard or permitting a student to view a profile picture of his or her teacher.
- To permit school administrators and teachers to use our Products’ profile, social networking, and professional development features. These features permit the sharing of the user’s username, photo, and other profile information with other users. They also allow users to communicate and share content with one another and, in some cases, with the public. We urge the school administrator and teacher users of our social networking features to be careful when deciding to disclose information through them.
- For analytics purposes, to understand how our Products are accessed and used, and how they perform, so that we may improve upon their design and functionality and otherwise develop and improve upon our products and services. We also develop analytics studies that contain only aggregate information that does not permit the identification of any individual user or of a school or school district. We may disclose these studies to third parties, including to market our products and services to them.
- To provide our school and school district customers, as well as their administrators and teachers with various types of reports, such as reports detailing the performance and progress of a particular school district, school, classroom, or student.
- To communicate with administrators, teachers, and parents or guardians, subject to any communications preferences they express.
- To ensure that our Products run properly and are presented optimally, and for Product improvement.
- To diagnose problems, troubleshoot issues, and provide maintenance and support.
- To calculate the royalties due to the owners of content appearing in our Products.
We may use and disclose nonpersonal information collected from the users of our Products for any reason, subject to any restrictions imposed by applicable law or our agreement with our customer. We do not, however, disclose any personal information about the users of our Products to any third party, except:
- As directed by our school district customer to which the information relates.
- To our third party service providers, who provide services such as website hosting and customer service, to permit them to provide those services to us.
- To the extent we believe necessary or appropriate to comply with legal process or to respond to requests from government authorities.
- To the extent we believe necessary or appropriate to protect our rights, safety, or property and/or that of our affiliates, our customers, our users or others.
THIRD PARTY SERVICES
We seek to use reasonable organizational, technical, and administrative measures to protect personal information within our organization from unauthorized access, use, disclosure, loss, or modification.
The law may permit students and their parents or guardians to access certain of their own information. If you would like to seek such access, please contact your school district.
The educational software products and their related mobile applications and marketing sites listed in the chart below are now owned and operated by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (“HMH”), 125 High Street, Boston, MA 02116, firstname.lastname@example.org, telephone (800) 323-9239, and “we” and “our” shall refer to HMH in the context of such products and sites. Scholastic Inc. may provide services to HMH in connection with such products and marketing sites for a period of up to two years in connection with the transition of the ownership of such products from Scholastic Inc. to HMH. Inquiries regarding data collection or privacy practices for such products or sites should be directed to email@example.com.
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