Gaggle Speaks

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Written by Paget Hetherington
on July 11, 2019

When Cincinnati Public Schools (CPS) started handing out laptops
on a 1:1 basis, the district knew the importance of protecting its students in
the digital world. Having used Gaggle’s platform for years to monitor online
activity, CPS found their student safety investment became even more valuable
as they expanded students’ access to technology.

“Technology usage in our classrooms has just exploded over the
last five years,” said Sarah Trimble-Oliver, CIO. “We’ve made a very concerted effort to ensure that students learn good digital citizenship and how to act responsibly online.” Along with their 1:1 initiative, CPS also uses Google Apps for Education, which houses content that’s filtered through Gaggle. Thanks to Gaggle’s platform, CPS has
caught “some very scary things that could have eventually become bigger problems,” said Trimble-Oliver.

The district also has a policy that spells out the right and wrong of online activity when
utilizing its technology. “Our teachers talk about our acceptable use policy with students at an age-appropriate level and spend face-to-face time talking about what it means with those students,” stated Trimble-Oliver. And at least three times a year, all K-12 students are taught about digital citizenship in a manner suited to the grade level.

Trimble-Oliver sees Gaggle’s student safety platform as a worthwhile investment for any school or district that values the lessons of digital citizenship and online safety. “A lot of districts are cash-strapped and having to make tough decisions about where to invest their resources,” she acknowledged. “For any district like ours that values technology and student safety, I highly recommend this investment.” Read the full case study to learn more about how CPS uses Gaggle to ensure both physical and cyber safety without compromising student privacy.

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