November is a time for festivity, seasonal treats, and family togetherness. November is also Child Safety and Protections Month: a critical time to reflect on children’s safety in and out of the classroom. This month, along with recipes and holiday shopping, school communities will meditate on topics that relate to children’s welfare, including their safety online.
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In a world where pencils and paper are being replaced by Chromebooks and Google, it has become nearly impossible to manage your school and your classrooms without the Google Admin console (GAC). The management tool to bring together all school devices in one place and handle the backend technical landscape of a student’s world—the Google Admin console is a must have tool for any K–12 network administrator.
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If you or someone you know is thinking about suicide, you can contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, available 24/7, at 1-800-273-8255. Your call is confidential and free.
In the Netflix original series 13 Reasons Why, a troubled teen commits suicide and leaves behind 13 audio tapes calling out the people and incidents she deems responsible. The Selena Gomez- produced series, based on the popular Jay Asher novel, has garnered a mixed response. While some applaud the show for tackling the issue of teen suicide, it’s also attracted criticism for glamorizing self-harm and presenting suicide as a kind of revenge-fantasy solution to bullying and depression. Many experts say that the show’s portrayal of suicide is flawed and could influence vulnerable teens “with any degree of suicidal ideation” to commit acts of self-harm.
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Teachers spend much of their time focused on engaging students in lessons, and through flexible seating successfully make students more comfortable in the classroom. There is new information to support children’s physical movement around the classroom, as this encourages blood flow and in turn keeps them focused and motivated. Long gone are the days when pupils are solely required to sit in assigned seating because it has been found that safe space seating is just as effective. Many educators support flexible seating for classrooms as long as students are sitting in an environment where they can feel comfortable and are not causing issues with students surrounding them.
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One of the first steps you will when getting started with Google Apps for Education is to design your Organizational Unit (OU) structure. This is an extremely important step, and influences all of your management techniques and updates. It is extremely important to careful design a structure that works for your District or School, and is able to be scaled easily.
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