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A Story of Survival

Gaggle Speaks
A Story of Survival

In 2000, Kevin Hines attempted to take his life by jumping off the Golden Gate Bridge. His miraculous survival included help from a sea lion, which kept him afloat until the Coast Guard arrived. Kevin now travels the world sharing his story of hope, healing, and recovery while teaching people of all ages the art of wellness and...

04/04/2019
Freedom High School Chantilly, VA

Gaggle Speaks
Shining a Light on Student Safety

Picture this: A student is struggling with issues that she hasn’t shared with any of her friends, classmates, or even her family. She writes about her problems in a Google doc at school, getting her thoughts and feelings out. That’s where this story ends, right? Wrong. Not when Gaggle is part of the safety program...

03/01/2019

Gaggle Speaks
Should Educators Focus on Just Citizenship Instead of Digital Citizenship?

With technology always shifting, our communities and especially our students need a firm foundation for decision-making and behavior to help inform how these tools shape their lives. In the education community, we call this digital citizenship.

01/19/2018
“Shame Nation: The Global Epidemic of Online Hate”

Gaggle Speaks
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

Gaggle Speaks
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

Gaggle Speaks
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

Gaggle Speaks
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

Gaggle Speaks
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

Gaggle Speaks
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...

05/09/2017