6 Pillars to Successfully Integrate Technology In Your 1:1 Classroom
JANUARY 5, 2016
Inspired By Gary Spracklen of Isle of Portland Aldridge Community Academy (IPACA), United Kingdom. Andreas Schleicher, Director for Education and Skills at OECD, warns that this analysis “should not be used as an ‘excuse’ not to use technology, but as a spur to finding a more effective approach”. Digitally Mature Leaders . Digitally Mature Teachers. Digitally Mature Students.
Web Filtering: equally beneficial for your 5-year-old & 15-year-old
JANUARY 12, 2017
Web filtering is required by law, as long as schools wish to receive e-rate funding to supply their digital classrooms. The Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA) requires that schools “block Internet access to pictures that are (a) obscene (b) child pornography or (c) harmful to minors.” The general sentiment: students –especially teens– hate web filtering*. And even save lives. 2.
Safe Image Search Resources for Students
JANUARY 8, 2016
The rise of edtech and 1:1 devices affords teachers to encourage online research. Recent Pew Research Center data suggests that the very nature of research has drastically changed: students quickly find just enough information to satisfy research assignments via big name search engines and stop there. Transfer a few sentences and an image onto a Prezi slide and voila! US Geological Survey (USGS).
Web Filtering in K-12 Schools: The Past, Present, and Future
DECEMBER 31, 2015
By Tom Walker. Brief History of Web Filtering in K-12 Schools. When I started my career in K-12 IT, web content filtering in schools was a fairly new creature. The Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA) was still in its early stages and various approaches to content filtering began to emerge. Early Problems. There was always a new, non-educational website that would come through each day.
Now you can install Securly from a web browser
AUGUST 10, 2016
We’re not only the leading cloud-based provider of Internet security for K-12 schools, but also the industry’s first self-servable web filter. “With our self-serve update, Securly is realizing its long-held vision of giving IT Admins a product that can be set up in minutes,” says Paul Katcher, UI developer at Securly. By contrast, we have been cloud-based from day one.
Can Social Media Save Kids’ Lives?
JULY 14, 2016
The following is taken from our new whitepaper Can social media save kids’ lives? We analyzed over a half million social media posts from over 300 school districts in 2016 to amass the data included in this paper. Our position as a network-based filter gives us unique access to such data, allowing us to find truths embedded within students’ own social media posts alone.
Parental Control Quick Guide: Keeping Your Kids Safe Online
FEBRUARY 10, 2016
The web holds a wealth of information – including content that may be inappropriate or dangerous for young audiences. A request for personal details, cheap ticket offers to a sporting event, or suggestion to meet “in person” ? These are all red flags of online culture to watch out for. Google is perhaps the most widely used resource for finding information. YouTube Safety Mode.
What Students Are Actually Doing Online
APRIL 19, 2016
Curious as to how children are spending their time online? So are we. We surveyed 400+ students to find out just how kids ages 9-18 are using their display devices. On average, students spend about 5-10 hours per day on their device(s) (smartphone, iPad, laptop, etc). Children typically receive their first cell phone around age 12, which explains this heightened usage distribution. SOCIAL MEDIA.
Taking a Safe Approach to Online Activity
DECEMBER 8, 2015
By Tom Walker. piece of advice I always give people in regard to their online activity is to be mindful of the sites they visit. This is especially true in the K-12 space, where we need to be careful of the content that our students can access. Here are some tools and suggestions to stay safe while living online. 1) Safe Searching. Google SafeSearch. Bing SafeSearch. Yahoo SafeSearch.
10 illustrations that show why Google SafeSearch should be used with Creative Commons
NOVEMBER 11, 2015
Google SafeSearch is a powerful setting focused on reducing the inappropriate content from both search and image search results. But with so much new content uploaded every day, it’s nearly impossible to filter out all – or even a majority – of the “bad stuff”. Notes: Because of space constraints, only the first two rows of the image search results were included. Violence. Educational.
Introducing “Dr.House” – Our New Debug Tool to Automate Network Troubleshooting
JULY 25, 2016
The back-to-school rush is fast approaching, and we have just the tool to ease IT admins and school administrators back into the swing of things… Meet Dr. House , our new tool that allows customers to certify that their networks are up and running correctly. Dr. House launches a series of automated checks meant to detect the most common network misconfigurations.
Web Filtering Anywhere
JANUARY 13, 2016
By Tom Walker. Web filtering is an effective tool to ensure online student safety. Recent innovations have allowed web filtering to improve from a rather stationary service, to a mobile and easy-to-use necessity. Schools are starting to abandon inconvenient web filtering hardware in favor of flexible cloud-based solutions which better provide for 1:1 program safety measures. Why not?
8 Lessons Learned from Network Bots
NOVEMBER 19, 2015
“ Our systems have detected unusual traffic. from your computer network “ At Securly, we have gained a lot of insight into bot behavior based on our own experience seeing this message. Google’s security team has been tremendously helpful in understanding this issue. We are sharing our findings below hoping they will be helpful for anyone experiencing similar issues.
Introducing a Pause Button for Take-Home Devices
JUNE 27, 2016
Kids spending too much time on their school issued devices? With our new mobile app, parents can now shut off internet activity with a single tap. It’s really that simple. Perfect for parents who want more control over their kids’ screen time on school owned devices. It’s impossible for parents to keep an eye on their children 24/7. Essentially, moderation is key.
Cyberbullying Prevention for the Classroom
JANUARY 29, 2016
Online harassment continues to increase each year. As cyberbullying rates reach an all time high among young adults, what are parents and teachers to do? Yes, Anti-Bullying Laws do exist and cyberbullying is ILLEGAL! Laws vary by state, but cover the necessities. Though seemingly verbose, these components are quite simple and perfectly adaptable to everyday classroom culture. North Carolina : N.C.
The Edtech Revolution: 2010 – 2017
FEBRUARY 14, 2017
In December 2010, The Journal –“t he leading Technology based education publication for K-12 and higher education”– published an article with a 5-prong prediction for the following year. Will the cloud continue to reign? Will more schools embrace student-centric mobile devices? Now, we know that edtech has been proven to improve test scores and overall classroom engagement. YEARS LATER… 1.
Securly’s Brand New Dashboard
JUNE 27, 2016
“Good design is as little design as possible” -Dieter Rams. To kick off the “Week of Innovation” –live from the ISTE floor– we are excited to unveil our brand new Dashboard! At Securly, we follow a simple rule of thumb for all product design decisions: Useful > Usable > Attractive. Useful : Does a customer find a feature useful in the way one finds an automobile useful?
Meet Our New Partners: iKeepSafe & the Internet Watch Foundation
JUNE 29, 2016
We are excited to announce our partnership with two organizations at the forefront of online child safety initiatives: iKeepSafe and the Internet Watch Foundation ! The mission of each respective organization aligns perfectly with our own commitment to keeping kids safe online. iKeepsafe has also awarded us the California Privacy Badge. We are the first web filtering company to receive this distinction. . About iKeepSafe & the California Privacy Badge. They provide positive resources for parents and educators to teach youth how to use technology safely and productively.
Help Your Kids Spend Screen Time Wisely
JANUARY 27, 2017
A recent study conducted by the American Academy of Pediatrics re-evaluated appropriate screen time limits for young children. The assessment redefined “screen time” as the use of digital media exclusively for entertainment. However, this new metric focuses on the content and intent of device usage, addressing the positive results from educational-technology research. 2-5 years old: one hour/day.
The Key to A Successful Online Safety Policy
MAY 17, 2016
70.3% of students we surveyed did not know what web filter their school was using, if at all. ALL of the students we interviewed were unaware as to what sites were prohibited on their school’s network. Teachers themselves are often surprised and irritated by blocks to YouTube clips planned for class lecture. The solution is simple: greater transparency. List blocked sites or categories.
13 Steps to Shape & Secure Your 1:1 Chromebook Program
JUNE 13, 2016
The following tips will help maximize the online safety and productivity of your students. We will demystify the Google Apps for Education Admin Console , providing you with the tools to successfully optimize your school’s 1:1 program and edtech experience. Taken from Best Practices to Shape & Secure Your 1:1 Program for Chromebooks. User Settings (Steps 4-13). >Chrome Device Settings. 1.
How Technology Is Harming Your Child’s Development … Or Is It?
APRIL 26, 2016
Research results are extremely varied on this topic, and complete condemnation is unfounded. There are a wide variety of factors and silver linings accompanying this issue; thus, we have compiled the pros and cons of the top online activities (across various age groups) in the table below: Taken from Securly’s Managing Screen Time: The Student’s Perspective white paper.
5 Tips for Student Engagement and Concept Retention
APRIL 6, 2016
Across the United States, the average school day is approximately six and a half hours. That’s incredibly lengthy relative to the the average human attention span of 8 seconds. In today’s world, students need even less than 8 seconds to access information or find an answer to their question with search engines and online databases. First, consider that all students learn in different ways.
8 Reasons Why Students Like Securly Web Filtering
MAY 2, 2016
The following are real student responses from an international survey we conducted during Summer 2015. 1. You don’t get rude ads or viruses.”. Pop-ups and pseudo-content are not only annoying, but also often times dangerous. Online aggressors specifically target children, enticing them to click on attractive advertisements or links leading to viruses. But what about the rest of the internet?
Safe, Kid-Friendly YouTube Alternatives
MAY 20, 2016
Due to the success of “ Safe, Kid-Friendly Alternatives to Google, YouTube, and Beyond ”, we decided to dig deeper. Below you’ll find a variety of safe, kid-friendly vide o streaming resources. Safe Youtube. Teachers can use this resource to share links with their class without fear of unwanted surprises. . Notice the mean-spirited comments left by YouTube account holders. Safe Video Sear ch.
6 Student Suggestions to Improve Web Filtering
MAY 26, 2016
The following are real student responses from an international survey we conducted during Summer 2015. We asked students what changes would improve the web filtering experience. Note: our survey participants included both Securly and non-Securly users. 1. It usually just says, ‘see an administrator’, which isn’t helpful at all.”. Image vs. Text. Balance. Stricter Filtering .
Android on Chromebooks! Here are some resources and apps to check out
Educational Technology Guy
FEBRUARY 8, 2017
Android has come to Chromebooks and is available on EDU Domains! This opens up a whole new world of possibilities with Chromebooks, adding thousands of great apps, features and capabilities. com.visionobjects.calculator&rdid=com.visionobjects.calculator Turns handwritten equations into typed and solves them Evernote https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.evernote
#06: The 6 Most Motivating Sketchnotes in Education Today
FEBRUARY 6, 2017
10MT: Sylvia Duckworth on the 10-Minute Teacher From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Sylvia Duckworth (@ sylviaduckworth ) is a leading sketch note artist in education today. Her new book Sketchnotes for Educators: 100 Inspiring Illustrations for Lifelong Learners is a MUST BUY for every teacher and administrator. SMART Learning Suite is today’s sponsor.
5 Things That Harm a Student’s Ability to Succeed
FEBRUARY 9, 2017
Episode #09: A 10-Minute Teacher Show Interview with Dr. Brad Johnson From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. We ask students to sit and expect them to learn? We want children to act like adults? These are just two of the five things that sometimes we educators are doing today to harm student learning. SMART Learning Suite is today’s sponsor. Full Bios.
#08: The BreakoutEDU Box: The Classroom Experience That Has Everybody Talking
FEBRUARY 8, 2017
10MT | A 10-Minute Teacher Interview with Adam Bellow From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Learn the pitfalls, challenges, and advantages of these BreakoutEDU adventure game boxes used to teach everything from grammar to math. Kids and teachers are raving about BreakoutEDU boxes. Let’s learn what they are from Adam Bellow, cofounder of BreakoutEDU.
Cool Cat Teacher’s 31 Favorite Everyday Tools I’m Using Right Now #edtech
FEBRUARY 14, 2017
A special Valentine's Day Episode of 10MT with Links to Tools and Tech I Use From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Do you want to know my productivity tips and tricks? How about what I use for digital film class? The technology I use in my classroom everyday? Powerschool Learning is today’s sponsor. Check them out. . The tools I use to communicate.
Dave Burgess Talks Student Engagement #MondayMotivation #tlap
FEBRUARY 20, 2017
From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Great teachers attract their students to today’s topic of learning like a 3-year old boy to a mud puddle. Hooking students into a lesson is part of our essential craft of teaching. Listen Now. In today’s show, Dave and I discuss: Some of the craziest things Dave has done to engage students. Thanks, Dave.
Get students learning by MAKING quizzes instead of TAKING quizzes.
FEBRUARY 8, 2017
QuizPedia is a fun and engaging learning tool that can be used in primary education and onwards. And it’s free ! How is it different to a typical quiz making tool? Quizzes aren’t new to the classroom but QuizPedia’s approach is. We flip the tables and transfer the task of making quizzes from teachers to students. Instead of learning from taking a quiz, they learn from making a quiz. Why quizzes?
Education innovation in 2017: 4 personalized learning trends to watch
The Christensen Institute
JANUARY 4, 2017
At the Clayton Christensen Institute, we track disruptive innovations in K–12 schools that upend the traditional factory-based model of school in favor of instructional approaches that better center on each individual student. Here are four trends in personalized learning we’ll be watching unfold in the coming year: 1. Platform plays will play themselves out. Projects will proliferate.
5 Ideas for Improving Student Writing
FEBRUARY 10, 2017
Episode #10: Jennifer Serravallo on the 10-Minute Teacher Show From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. She was a Senior Staff Developer at the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project and taught in Title I schools in NYC. Happy 5 Idea Friday! Thank you PowerSchool Learning for sponsoring this episode. Pitfalls of a lack of focus when teaching writing.
3 Untapped Social Media Resources Worth A Second Look
FEBRUARY 20, 2017
In a world where we are constantly bombarded with information as adults and as educators, there are still many untapped resources to learn from and share with and grow, especially through social media. Being a connected educator doesn’t mean sticking to one favorite platform and having that singular lens to learn from. They just updated their social media data for 2016. Of All U.S Social Media
5 Essential Effective Blended Learning Best Practices
NOVEMBER 22, 2016
Tips and Tricks I've Learned from Experience From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Online and face-to-face spaces blend to create a today’s classroom. Most schools have physical buildings. For purposes of this article, we’ll call these “the bricks.” ” Also, schools also have online spaces where students work and collaborate. iPad).