44,000 Reasons to Celebrate

Ask anyone in education and they’ll tell you: Back to School isn’t just a day, it’s an accomplishment! Administrators and teachers across America spend months fretting details for the big moment – when students come flooding back into the hallways. At Clever, we feel the energy of Back to School too. Teachers need accounts, students need logins – we know having everything ready to go is a big part of any successful first day.

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Complex Topics Explained Simply: Hashing

Why is it that websites require you to *reset* your password instead of just reminding you what it is? After all, they check your password when you enter it, can’t they just look it up? It turns out they can’t actually – websites don’t know your password and instead use a technique called “hashing” to check if what you log in with matches what you set when you created your account.

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May 26, 2015

Give Your Sync a Summer Vacation

We’ve released a new sync “pause” function to manage school-year rollovers! Schools can now freeze data in their applications for the summer while they make changes in their SIS. What will happen when a school sync is paused for the summer?

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Setting the Bar Even Higher

At Clever, we have a clear commitment to student data privacy with three straightforward policies:

1. We only collect personal information schools choose to share with us
2. We only share data when schools instruct us to
3. Schools always own their data

We recently updated our terms and privacy policy to make that third commitment even stronger.

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Welcome to Clever, Ben!

We’re so excited to announce Ben Adida has joined Clever as our VP of Engineering! Before Clever, Ben worked at Mozilla and most recently Square. Ben’s passion to use technology to make the world a better place is a perfect fit with our mission. Read more about Ben on his blog and on TechCrunch. Welcome to Clever, Ben!

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Mar 18, 2015

Open Sourcing Our Policies

Student Data privacy and security are our foremost responsibilities here at Clever. We invest heavily to ensure that we are improving privacy for schools, students, and teachers, and we make sure that everyone at Clever is constantly working towards this goal. About five months ago, we were made aware of aspects of our privacy policy that did not clearly and explicitly match our intentions.

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Sep 29, 2014

Clever and “Shellshock”

Recently, a critical security issue was discovered and disclosed to the larger community. This issue, nicknamed Shellshock, could have allowed an attacker to take control of certain systems using specially crafted HTTP requests. The vulnerability came from a flaw in Bash, a tool used by the majority of Internet web servers, including some of Clever’s machines.

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Jul 23, 2014

Updates to the Developer Experience

Clever aims to deliver an amazing developer experience for our partners building off the Clever API. In the last few months we have rolled out our single sign-on solution, Instant Login; we have also focused on making it an incredibly simple experience for developers. There are few recent or upcoming changes that we want to share.

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May 14, 2014

Forget Passwords: Introducing Instant Login

In a previous blog post, we explored the pain of passwords in the classroom (just imagine getting a room full of second graders logged in to a website). Teachers lose countless hours to login problems, with 25% of online learning time lost. Today we’re excited to share a new solution to the password problem: Instant Login.

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May 7, 2014

The Serverless School

Three years ago, I sat in a cramped data closet, sweating profusely and cursing at my servers. The combination of a heat wave and a power outage had turned one of my server closets into a sauna, frying the server hard drives inside. As the machines began restoring from backups and my teachers scrambled to remove technology from their lesson plans, I began to dream of a serverless school.

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