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“Shame Nation: The Global Epidemic of Online Hate”

Student Safety
From Slut Pages to Sexting Scandals: The Impact of Online Shame In Schools

“Shame Nation: The Global Epidemic of Online Hate” covers one of the biggest sexting scandals in a high school in one of the least likely towns, Duxbury, Massachusetts (nicknamed “Deluxeberry”, for its oceanfront homes), where a Dropbox account revealed photos of around 50 female students.

10/02/2017

G Suite for Education
5 Key Takeaways from Hacking Google for Education

Earlier this year, I had the chance to see the authors of Hacking Google for Education: 99 Ways to Leverage Google Tools in Classrooms, Schools, and Districts in action. Here are five of my biggest takeaways.

07/26/2017

Professional Development
Have You Done Any Google Hacking Lately?

A weird question to ask right? Since the word “hacking” brings to light a negative connotation. For one moment though, I want you to put a positive spin on the word “hacking” particularly as it relates to the education.

07/05/2017

Student Safety
Student Online Safety This Summer: Digital Empathy from Mom and Dad

The number one issue young people face online–and it may even be truer during these summer months–is their parents are largely absent from their digital lives. Our experience and research shows it starts with digital empathy.

06/19/2017

Professional Development
How to Use 13 Reasons Why to Spark Conversations About Teen Suicide

As a high school counselor, I found it necessary to watch 13 Reasons Why. After finishing the Netflix series, like most, it hit me hard. I didn’t cry as I was told I would, but my stomach reached up and picked my heart like an apple from a tree and swallowed it whole.

05/15/2017

Professional Development
Determining “Just Right” Digital Citizenship Lessons for Kids

Before I became an instructional technology facilitator, I was an early elementary school teacher. A great portion of my time was allotted to reading instruction. One critical skill that I taught students, as well as their parents, was how to choose a “just right” book—one that wasn’t too easy or too hard but was perfectly matched to an individual’s reading interests and abilities.

05/09/2017

Student Safety
Student Online Safety: A Son (and Mom’s) Perspective

Posted on December 7, 2016 by Curran Dee and Marialice B.F.X. Curran, Ph.D.

We emphasize that being in the moment and being present is the most important thing we can do. Empathy is the main ingredient in all our conversations. We talk a lot about the person next to us, as well as across the screen. We put these words into action.

12/07/2016

Mobile Learning
6 Ways to Make Edtech Affordable on Any Budget

Posted on July 22, 2016 by Rebecca Sadwick

While all educators know the limits that budget constraints can have on resources and amenities they’re able to provide, the following five steps can make affording the technology students and teachers deserve possible for any district regardless of size or budget.

07/22/2016

Safe Learning Management
5 School-Wide Reading and Writing Tech Tools to Consider

Posted on April 1, 2016, by Jessica Sanders

Managing and encouraging reading and writing remains a challenge for many teachers and administrators. These five tools provide schools with a streamlined, modern and effective method for tracking reading and writing while encouraging students to do more of both.

04/01/2016