Category: Professional Development

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Student Safety
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

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
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

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
"Privacy settings" on the screen. Woman hands over the keyboard on laptop.

Student Safety
K-12 Data Security, Privacy & Safety: What’s the Difference?

K-12 data security, data privacy and student online safety have all become familiar topics for schools and districts. The meanings of these terms are often confused for one another, however, which leads to misinformation and misunderstanding on how they relate to, and differ from, one another.

06/13/2017

Professional Development
Meeting Social & Emotional Learning Standards With Gaggle

Many states, schools and districts, have adopted Social & Emotional Learning (SEL) standards, to foster self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills and responsible decision-making in students.

06/07/2017

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