for K-12 educators and
administrators to help
create safe learning
Do you remember when “the birds and the bees” were first explained to you? It still might be one of the most intensely uncomfortable situations a child encounters. While the talk remains as necessary today as it is insufferably awkward, a lot has unsurprisingly changed with today’s students.
The reason content-driven teaching and learning is ubiquitous in education is obvious: results and achievements are measurable. What are you doing in your classroom to foster soft skills like digital citizenship, empathy, communication and self-awareness?
When superintendents, technologists and other educators first hear about Gaggle, they sometimes confuse what we offer with a website content filter. From our point of view, website filters and Gaggle Safety Management are both valuable, but it’s important to acknowledge that they’re very different.
One of the reasons today’s edtech often receives pushback from educators, staff and even students is that we’re sometimes resistant to learning new things. If your brain is already comfortable using certain tools and technology, it will prefer them to new alternatives, because the tools you’re comfortable with provide a path of less (mental) resistance.
Throughout history, human beings at their best have found ways to be proactive in the face of threats and fears. We are successful when we find ways to be prepared and stop being scared. There are many ways K-12 schools and districts, too, have safeguarded themselves against the threats to online student safety.
It’s clear that modern Luddites persist today, albeit in new forms. Sometimes those of us in K-12 resist the implementation of new technology, making technology out to be some kind of bogeyman. Generally, their core message goes something like this: Technology doesn’t facilitate education; it only gets in the way.