Top 10 Gaggle Speaks Blog Posts from 2017

Before you ring in the new year, we’ve compiled this list of top blog posts based on traffic to the Gaggle Speaks Blog and the number of shares each post received. If you haven’t already done so, be sure to check out the top Gaggle Speaks posts from this past year.

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. (May 30, 2017)

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. (May 16, 2017)

The Impact Bullying Has on Absenteeism
Even absenteeism is no longer an entirely effective way for students to avoid bullying. Before the advent of the digital classroom and social media, students could find solace in staying home. (March 10, 2017)

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. (June 2, 2017)

13 Reasons Why… Schools & Districts Need Gaggle
I have more than 13 reasons why schools and districts need Gaggle. In fact, I have over 200. The story we all should be talking about is getting students the help they need and celebrating the lives saved. (May 3, 2017)

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. (August 23, 2017)

Safe Schools Begin at Home: Why Parents Should Be Concerned About Student Online Safety
If education is to thrive in the classroom, and if we want to create safe schools, it will be a result of the combined efforts of a healthy home life and a positive school climate. (July 20, 2017)

3 Email Archiving Considerations When Using More Than One Provider
We often work with school districts that have staff using a product such as Office 365 while students get Gmail accounts. Here are some considerations to keep in mind when you have email from more than one system that you want to be part of one email archive. (June 22, 2017)

Children Safety Online: What Can Parents Do
Parents are worried about children safety online, including being harassed or bullied on school-provided online collaboration tools. Here’s some help for parents who want to know how they can partner with their local schools. (September 27, 2017)

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. (May 15, 2017)