for K-12 educators and
administrators to help
create safe learning
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
For years, school boards have worked to put learning devices into the hands of students, whether through carts, one-to-one or BYOD initiatives. School boards can better ensure that students are prepared to use technology at further stages in life and make use of great online educational resources.