Complete Chromebook Management

How Content-Based Filtering Helps Shape Student Behavior

Zach Spitulski April 06, 2018

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We at GoGuardian believe there's always room for improvement. After all, a growth mindset is necessary for optimal performance in everything from education to business. So, when we wanted to identify areas where we could improve, we went straight to the source: our 120,000+ customers. We asked our trusted users one key question: What is the biggest challenge you face in managing the content your students see?

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Why Content-Based Filtering Represents the Future of Filtering

Mike Daugherty, Director of Technology & Information Systems at Chagrin Falls Exempted Village Schools March 22, 2018

As the Director of Technology and Information Systems at Chagrin Falls, it would not be hyperbole to say I’m on the frontline of student online safety. I manage a fleet of over 2,400 devices and go toe-to-toe with the likes of potential data breaches, inappropriate spam, and student hackers. It’s a jungle out there.

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When we initially rolled out our fleet of Chromebooks, we were opening the floodgates to the internet. Even with basic filtering, my best teachers were struggling to ensure that students were focused on the right content online. We needed a robust filtering solution that could truly understand what students were accessing online to keep students focused and safe. Pitted against the abyss that is the ever-evolving internet, the software also needed to be smart; smart like a fox.

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Why Not All Filtering Solutions Are Created Equal

Marielle Gilbert March 14, 2018

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The mission to bring digital learning into our classrooms has been decades in the making. Back in 1996, President Clinton led 20,000 volunteers in an effort to connect California public schools to the “brave new world of mouse clicking and web surfing. Oh, how far we’ve come. According to Futuresource Consulting, nearly half of K-12 students now have access to 1:1 computing.

Today, more and more school districts are closing the “connectivity gap,” providing students with unprecedented access to technology and new ways of learning. With more freedom comes more responsibility. In an era where educators and administrators are tasked with building safe and effective digital learning environments, online filtering tools are a must.

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To Block or Not to Block: The State of Chromebook Filtering in Schools

Marielle Gilbert February 27, 2018

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They say good things come in threes: the “rule of three” is invoked across mediums, from folk tales to blockbuster trilogies. The principle of omne trium perfectum, that suggests information presented in a triad is inherently more perfect or effective, still holds water today. At GoGuardian, we approached our three-part Benchmark Report with this in mind.

In Parts I and II of GoGuardian's 2018 Benchmark Report, we learned what websites students are engaging with most, and how students are using their devices at home compared to at school. In Part III of the Benchmark Report, we examined the aggregate device usage of 5 million students and took take a deep dive into trends in school filtering.

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4 Ways to Protect Kids from Cyberbullying

Marielle Gilbert October 02, 2017

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The beginning of October marks the start of 
Cyberbullying and Mental Health Awareness month.  At this time, teachers, administrators and school systems are taking time to reflect on the epidemic of cyberbullying, and rethink ways to combat it. Educator Todd Whitaker once said, “The culture of any organization is shaped by the worst behavior the leader is willing to tolerate.” In any organization, including schools, behavior is clearly shaped by culture. Here are a few ways we can all come together to create more inclusive cultures in our classrooms, and better ensure the wellbeing of our students.

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