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6 Pillars to Successfully Integrate Technology In Your 1:1 Classroom

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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.

Safe Image Search Resources for Students

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The rise of edtech and 1:1 devices affords teachers to encourage online research.

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Web Filtering in K-12 Schools: The Past, Present, and Future

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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.

Web Filtering: equally beneficial for your 5-year-old & 15-year-old

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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.”

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.

Now you can install Securly from a web browser

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Can Social Media Save Kids’ Lives?

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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

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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.

Who else is collecting data about your children?

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Digital footprints are not exclusive to online shoppers or avid social media users; everyone has one, including your 5-year-old child. Any online activity contributes to their “digital portrait”, making them vulnerable targets to advertisers and internet predators. Taking Precautions.

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What Students Are Actually Doing Online

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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

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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

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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.

10 illustrations that show why Google SafeSearch should be used with Creative Commons

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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”.

Introducing “Dr.House” – Our New Debug Tool to Automate Network Troubleshooting

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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.

Web Filtering Anywhere

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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

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“ 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

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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

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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.

Securly’s Brand New Dashboard

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“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.

Webinar #2 Debrief: School DNS Architecture & MDM Solutions

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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.

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The Edtech Revolution: 2010 – 2017

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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?

Meet Our New Partners: iKeepSafe & the Internet Watch Foundation

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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.

What to Expect from Securly in 2018

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2017 was a year of immense growth for us. Securly now has 70+ employees across California, North Carolina, and India. Our Charlotte and India offices continue to expand, and we moved our HQ in Silicon Valley to a new office 3x the size of our old space.

13 Steps to Shape & Secure Your 1:1 Chromebook Program

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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.

5 Tips for Student Engagement and Concept Retention

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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.

How Technology Is Harming Your Child’s Development … Or Is It?

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Research results are extremely varied on this topic, and complete condemnation is unfounded.

8 Reasons Why Students Like Securly Web Filtering

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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.

Help Your Kids Spend Screen Time Wisely

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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.

Safe, Kid-Friendly YouTube Alternatives

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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.

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6 Student Suggestions to Improve Web Filtering

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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

This is What Powerful Learning Looks Like, Students Share Their Stories

Digital Promise

Last week, Digital Promise co-hosted the EdSurge Fusion conference. As part of the opening session, I wanted to show examples of what it looks like when students use technology in powerful ways.

Helping Learners Move Beyond “I Can’t Do This”

User Generated Education

I work part-time with elementary learners – with gifted learners during the school year and teaching maker education camps during the summer.

5 Easy Ways To Make Your Digital Content Accessible To Everyone

The Web20Classroom

Reaghan is my oldest daughter and about to start third grade. At 2 years of age I noticed she wasn’t talking much and when she did talk you couldn’t really understand what she was trying to say. After talking to her pediatrician it was decided to have her evaluated for her speech.

Aligning the 10 building blocks for future ready schools

Dangerously Irrelevant

A growing number of schools are recognizing that they must start transitioning their learning environments toward deeper learning, greater student agency, more authentic work, and robust technology infusion.

18 things that leaders of innovative schools do differently

Dangerously Irrelevant

I had a wonderful time this past week at the TIES conference in Minneapolis. Having worked at the University of Minnesota for six years, it was super fun to connect with old educator friends and new (including a lot of goofiness with Shelly Terrell while at Flipgrid headquarters).

Creating Learning Centers in a Blended Literacy Classroom

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Written with Shaelynn Farnsworth , post is sponsored by ThinkCERCA , an online platform designed to empower teachers to personalize literacy instruction across disciplines.

Why personalized learning is hard to study

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This week saw the release of the third in a series of personalized learning studies conducted by the RAND Foundation. The research analyzed implementation, survey, and efficacy data in a sample of schools that are part of the Next Generation Learning Challenges (NGLC) portfolio, and compared that data to a national sample of schools. The findings? NGLC schools yielded some positive academic results, but educators and administrators reported numerous challenges.

10 strategies for lightning-quick feedback students can REALLY use

Ditch That Textbook

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.

Catch the Flipgrid fever! 15+ ways to use Flipgrid in your class

Ditch That Textbook

If you haven’t heard of Flipgrid yet then you will soon be seeing it everywhere. I had my first experience with Flipgrid (flipgrid.com) on March 2nd in a #Ditchbook chat.

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10 building blocks for the future of schools

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As Dean Shareski and I worked together on our new book, Different Schools for a Different World , (released this week!), he encouraged me to update my list of building blocks for the future of schools.