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. The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) conducted a study on the correlation between test performance and technology usage in the classroom. In the last quarter of 2015, they released their findings in “ Students Computers and Learning: Making the Connection”.
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*. to 33.8% And even save lives.
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. A 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.
5 Costly Inventory Management Mistakes Schools Should Avoid
If your school is like most, inventory and/or asset management plays a critical role in daily operations.
Why Choose Cloud Based Web Filtering?
MARCH 1, 2016
Why Choose Cloud Based Web Filtering? Web filtering is most widely known within the context of the Children’s Internet Protection Act of 2000 as a means of protecting students from harmful, explicit content found on the internet. However, web filters – especially those that are Cloud based – are capable of much more , in both home and school environments. . PRODUCTIVITY. CYBERBULLYING.
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. The majority of research centered around cyberbullying & teen emotional distress occurs after the fact, relying on student anecdotes and surveys.
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. Thankfully, many websites have parental control features. It blocks sexually explicit video and images.
Join SETDA: Affiliate Memberships Now Accepted
SETDA's Affiliate program connects non-profit education membership organizations with state leaders. SETDA's mission is to build the capacity of education leaders to improve learning through technology policy & practice. Benefits include: SETDA conferences, webinars and news feeds.
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.
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.
Taking a Safe Approach to Online Activity
DECEMBER 8, 2015
By Tom Walker. A 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.
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.
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. Sexual content.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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. 7 YEARS LATER… 1.
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.
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 Enroll Your Device.
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.
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.
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.
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. 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. Take any link from YouTube and SafeYoutube.net will generate a version sans distracting/offensive comments. Notice the mean-spirited comments left by YouTube account holders. YouTube Kids.
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. Quick Whitelisting. “At It usually just says, ‘see an administrator’, which isn’t helpful at all.”. Image vs. Text. Balance. More Than Keywords. “It
10 add-ons to Google Classroom you MUST try
Ditch That Textbook
FEBRUARY 16, 2017
The basic functions of Google Drive and Google Classroom are only the starting point for the innovative and creative uses one can use in the classroom. Alice Keeler, my co-author in our upcoming book Ditch That Homework, proves that again and again. Alice is one of the only people I know personally who codes for [.].
10 strategies for lightning-quick feedback students can REALLY use
Ditch That Textbook
FEBRUARY 23, 2017
Using homework assignments to give feedback is pokey. Inefficient. Think about the length of the feedback loop for traditional homework assignments: Teacher assigns homework to students. Students take it home (maybe) and work on it (maybe). Students turn it in the next day. Teacher grades and provides comments that night (if not completely swamped [.].
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. id=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.
Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality in the Classroom
MARCH 9, 2017
10MT | #29 Steven Anderson talks technology trends From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Augmented reality and virtual reality. Are these buzzwords or are they things that can be used to improve learning? Today Steven Anderson @web20classroom brings back the veil and helps us learn about these emerging technologies. Listen Now. Listen on iTunes. Costs?
How This Teacher Builds A Professional Learning Community Online
MARCH 19, 2017
This is the first article in our series about building professional learning communities for online teachers. In this series, we share ideas from online teachers who work at 51Talk. 51Talk is the largest online English education platform in China. In June 2016, it became a publicly listed company on the New York Stock Exchange (COE). We hope you find these tips encouraging and helpful.
How to improve student engagement
The Christensen Institute
MARCH 14, 2017
Most teachers struggle with low student engagement, particularly at the middle school and high school levels. “My My students don’t seem to care.”. They don’t see how school is relevant.”. They won’t put in the effort.”. Those statements from teachers about their students are all too common. Unsure if student engagement is a problem at your school? Last month in Little Rock, Ark., Feel successful.
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.
3 Ways To Combat Recipe Learning
MARCH 11, 2017
When I was a middle school science teacher I regularly assigned projects. At the time I thought that the projects would be a great way for me to understand what my students understood about particular concepts and topics. I had them make visual representations of atoms of the periodic table, reports outlining the effects of global warming on our community, and several others. Sure. Certainly not.
2 BRAND NEW tools to help students display work, reflect
Ditch That Textbook
JANUARY 9, 2017
Google Slides is such a versatile tool in G Suite (Google Apps). It goes much further than creating a slide presentation to show on the screen to the entire class. Mix in images — the visual tools that make instant connections in our brains — and you’ve got an engaging activity in the making. I [.].