Student Data Privacy Consortium

The November SVRTC meeting had 23 members in attendance from the following SVRTC divisions: Amelia, Brunswick, Colonial Heights, Cumberland, Danville, Dinwiddie, Franklin City, Lunenburg, Petersburg, Prince Edward, Southampton, and Sussex.

The program was provided by Dr. Larry Fruth and Ms. Penny Murray who presented information on the Student Data Privacy Consortium (SDPC), which is a special interest group of the Access 4 Learning (A4L) Community. He noted that the overall goal is to develop technical blueprints that allow data to move safely and securely between school software applications. Dr. Fruth reviewed the relevant data privacy laws governing how student data is protected and the importance of having student data privacy agreements (DPAs) in place to ensure that vendors are not using student data in any manner inconsistent with applicable laws. He suggested that all school divisions review the SDPC Resource Registry at to locate resources to help ensure student data privacy. He also recommended that school districts become members, which would allow access to more resources. Ms. Murray noted that video tutorials were available online to assist users, including a district training ‘refresher’ video. Dr. Fruth stated that he would be available to answer questions as and that Ms. Murry would be available at

zSpace Technology – AR and VR Learning

SVRTC members were well represented at the first meeting of the 2020-21 year. The meeting included 25 members from the following divisions: Amelia, Brunswick, Buckingham, Colonial Heights, Cumberland, Danville City, Franklin City, Mecklenburg, Nottoway, Petersburg, Prince Edward, and Sussex. Members were eager to learn about zSpace Technology from Mr. Aron Fristoe with Bluegrass Educational Technologies. He explained how this technology combines Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality to engage students with real world content in a collaborative and interactive experience. In Mr. Fristoe’s presentation, members viewed a video of students dissecting a frog using zSpace Technology. The technology tracks the users eyewear and stylist in real time allowing the user to blowup an image, reach in, interact, move around and change different variables within the environment. He explained that zSpace has many uses: blended learning, teacher led instruction, and distance instruction. The screen can be shared between users. Programs included with the product are: Studio, Lepoloy Maker, Geogebra, Tinkercad and Unity. There are many other software choices available for each area of study. Mr. Friscoe showed members around the website and pointed out where members can find useful information. He answered questions from members and shared his contact information a or call 804-399-5282.

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