Author: Gaggle

Ideas,
News &
Advice

for K-12 educators and
administrators to help
create safe learning
environments.

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There’s More Than Homework in Students’ Drive Accounts

G Suite for Education and Office 365 are wonderful learning solutions, but they also present a liability to K-12 schools and districts that don’t fully consider the ramifications of student safety. Moral of the story: If you use these tools, there is more than homework in your students’ drive accounts.

11/03/2017
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How Parents Can Help Keep Their Children Safe Online

Parents are worried about children safety online, including being harassed or bullied on school-provided online collaboration tools. Here’s some help for parents who want to know how they can partner with their local schools.

09/27/2017

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Make Student Safety a Priority this School Year

As the 2017-18 school year gets underway, it’s never too late to evaluate what you’re doing to keep students safe when they use school-provided tools such as G Suite for Education, Office 365 or a learning management system like Canvas.

08/28/2017

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WTF? What Kids are Saying in Text Messages

BRB, LOL, LMAO, SMH, TTYL, WTF. Most of us are aware of SMS language found in text messages, also known as textese, texting language and many other names. The Reality Check Program has compiled a great list of text speak that educators and parents show know about.

08/23/2017

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Infographic: Real Student Safety Saves Lives

Students use school-provided technology such as Chromebooks and other devices—as well as communication and collaboration products like G Suite for Education and Office 365—to support learning and prepare them for further stages in life. Unfortunately, students also use these tools inappropriately.

08/22/2017

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Surge in Chromebook Adoption Leads to Increasing Need to Keep Students Safe    

Without appropriate controls and a realistic understanding of student online behavior, use of communication and collaboration tools on school-or district-provided devices such as Chromebooks can create legal minefields for school districts, as well as unsafe or even dangerous environments for students.

08/14/2017

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How School Principals Can Create Conditions for Better Learning

Among the many duties that principals have, the most important is the broad task to create a positive climate that is hospitable to education. All aspects of the job, whether logistical or managerial in nature, should serve the end of creating a culture of intellectual and moral maturation and learning.

07/17/2017

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Students Using Office 365 More Likely to Be Bullied, Have Contact with Strangers

More than one out of every three students in sixth through eighth grade are using Office 365 to support their learning, while nearly half of all high school students use Microsoft’s online communication and collaboration tools, according to Project Tomorrow Speak Up 2016.

07/11/2017

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Safety Management Categories: Drugs & Alcohol

This is the fifth post in a series on our Safety Management categories. Gaggle Safety Representatives are tasked with identifying incidents of drug and alcohol use when reviewing student email communications, files, links and attachments.

06/28/2017