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.
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.”
Safe Image Search Resources for Students
JANUARY 8, 2016
The rise of edtech and 1:1 devices affords teachers to encourage online research.
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.
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.
Now you can install Securly from a web browser
AUGUST 10, 2016
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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”.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Webinar #2 Debrief: School DNS Architecture & MDM Solutions
APRIL 4, 2017
Every month, a Securly specialist delves deep into a different high-priority topic in K-12 cybersafety and answers your questions in an interactive 30-minute webinar session.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Epic Classroom Blogging with Elementary Students
APRIL 4, 2017
A conversation with Rayna Freedman in episode 47 of the 10-minute Teacher From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Today Rayna Freedman @rlfreedm has a student classroom blog that will completely blow you away!
#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.
Doing More With The Classroom Makerspace
MARCH 19, 2017
When I was 6 or 7 years old I was at home on a boring rainy weekend. Being an inquisitive kid and generally looking for mischief I found some tools in a closet and decided something in my house needed taking a apart.
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.
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?
Google’s buried treasure: 18 hidden tricks and tools
Ditch That Textbook
APRIL 6, 2017
Google is a behemoth. With all of its tools and apps and programs and initiatives, there’s no way to keep tabs on everything. As such, it’s easy for newer Google tools — and even some that have been around for a while — to slip through the cracks. The problem with that: there are some [.]. Ed Tech edtech educational technology g suite for education gafe google apps for education technology integration