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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
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Student Safety
Safety Management Categories: Suicide & Self Harm

This is the fourth post in a series on our Safety Management categories. Gaggle Safety Representatives are tasked with identifying instances of self harm, which can include self-inflicted physical violence, threats of suicide and even eating disorders.

06/09/2017

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

Student Safety
G Suite for Education Versus Office 365

Which online learning environment is superior, G Suite for Education or Office 365? Here are three considerations that will help you begin to determine if G Suite for Education or Office 365 is a better fit for you.

06/02/2017

Archiving & Backup
What the New Features in Google Vault Mean to K-12 Administrators

Google has released some new Vault features that likely caught the eye of K-12 technology directors and email administrators. The biggest announcement that certainly got our attention was that Vault is now able to retain data in Google Drive.

05/30/2017

Student Safety
Safety Management Categories: Violence Towards Others

This is the third post in a series on our Safety Management categories. Gaggle Safety Representatives are tasked with identifying instances of violence towards others, which is differentiated from self-harm or violence towards oneself.

05/24/2017

Social Media
Is the Blue Whale Game Really Causing Kids to Kill Themselves?

Last week, our Safety Management team received a considerable number of inquiries from educators concerned about the game “Blue Whale,” which has ostensibly resulted in the death of dozens of teenagers by suicide. Despite our position that the Blue Whale game does not represent a real threat, this does nevertheless present an opportunity.

05/16/2017

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