Complete Chromebook Management

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

 

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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AI in Education: Beyond the Buzzword

Marielle Gilbert March 07, 2018

 

Artificial Intelligence is Making Classrooms Smarter

When most people think of AI, they envision self-driving cars, Kubrick’s HAL from 2001: A Space Odyssey, or machines of the future with the hands of the Terminator and the voice of Alexa. However, AI is already happening all around us: about 50% of the population is already using AI and don’t even realize it. AI is used in everything from fraud detection to entertainment, and now it’s making its way into our classrooms -- and making them smarter.

 

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

Marielle Gilbert February 27, 2018

  

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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The Top 5 Findings from the 2018 Benchmark Report

Marielle Gilbert February 15, 2018

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At GoGuardian, we were curious. We were curious about trends in Chromebook usage among K-12 students nationwide and about how students were using school devices to learn. We wanted to get an inside look into how students were using their Chromebooks, and discover organic trends in student engagement.

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