Education has been a hugely important part of my life for as long as I can remember. Even from the time I was a little girl—up through middle school and high school—education was all around me. I saw my mom working hard as she attended college, laboring tirelessly to get her Associate's Degree. I also have a great aunt and a great uncle who were teachers. And when I used to play as a child, I would play "school.” I honestly don't remember a time when education wasn’t a significant part of my life.
Posted in Learning, Technology, classroom management, Classroom Management Solution, Digital Citizenship
Helping students discern fact from fiction has never been more challenging. Here are four tactics to help.
The rise of digital journalism has made information more accessible, but also presented unique challenges. Research is no longer limited to the library; today, kids go online to scour the entirety of the internet. While students now have instant access to learning sources like Encyclopedia Britannica or The New York Times, they also have access to every online hoax, doctored image or conspiracy theory at their fingertips.
Meanwhile, “fake news” stories are being shared at an alarming rate, especially on social media: over half of Americans claim to regularly see fake news on sites such as Facebook or Twitter. Suffice to say, it’s never been more important to model media literacy to students and impart fact-checking skills. By helping children distinguish between what’s real and what’s fake news, parents and teachers can teach kids how to think for themselves, as well as gain a clearer understanding of the world.
Here are some helpful ways to teach kids about real or fake news sources, and give them the tools they need to decipher between the two.
Posted in Technology, Child Safety and Protections Month, Digital Citizenship, Fake News, Media Literacy, Journalism
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.
Posted in Technology, Filtering, Internet Safety For Kids, Google Suite for Education, Child Safety and Protections Month
Reflections and insights gleaned from meeting with the American Association of Suicidology’s Youth Advisory Board.
Across American schools and campuses, there’s a rise of youth involvement with campus activism, philanthropy, and social causes — and mental health awareness is no exception. Recently, I had the opportunity to sit down with members of the American Association of Suicidology’s (AAS) Youth Advisory Board and to hear more about the impactful initiatives they’re working on to advance suicide prevention.
Posted in Safety, Learning, Technology, Suicide Prevention, American Association of Suicidology
Don't miss GoGuardian at these fall conferences.
Leaves are changing color, pumpkin spice lattes are readily available and students are officially back to school...as are our favorite teachers, administrators, principles and faculty who make all the magic happen! With that in mind, in October we will be visiting various edtech conferences across the country.
Come visit us at the below conferences to learn more about GoGuardian, see a live demonstration, or even if you want to share some of your own GoGuardian success stories! Our team at GoGuardian is looking forward to meeting you and answering all of your questions in person.
If you plan on attending these conferences, come visit our booth and tag us @goguardian with the hashtag #WhereInTheWorldIsGoGuardian. See you on the show floor!
Posted in Products, Technology, classroom management, workshop, events, edtech, conference