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Why Cyber Security Starts At Home

Why Cyber Security Starts At Home | Educational Leadership and Technology |
Even the grandmas on Facebook need to know and practice basic security hygiene, because what happens anywhere on the Internet can eventually affect us all.


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Via Gust MEES
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Cyber security is a joint venture for all of us involving all aspects of our lives. For students, this includes school and home. My experience was that School managers often decided they knew best.



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Parents face online homework dilemma

Parents face online homework dilemma | Educational Leadership and Technology |

"Parents feel unable to make children study by blocking internet access, as homework often requires online research, a survey suggests ..."


Via Leona Ungerer, Dale Borgeson
Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's insight:

This is an opportunity to help students and teach. Parents and teachers can work together as influential pedagogues in students' lives.



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Communicating with parents in the digital world

Communicating with parents in the digital world | Educational Leadership and Technology |
This post was written by Erin Dye, a ClassDojo Thought Partner who works in professional development at Green Light Learning

Gone are the days when you only had access to parents via one-way monthly newsletters or twice-a-year parent teacher conferences. Thanks to technology you can easily keep in touch with your students’ parents all year-round.

Here are some tips to get your communicating with parents in the digital world: 

Keep a Class Blog

Rather than sending home a monthly or weekly newsletter to parents that might never make it out of the bottom of your students’ backpacks, try starting a class blog. Set a schedule for posting and share that schedule with parents. Allow moderated comments on the posts to get parents involved with the classroom.

Have your students do most of the blogging. Assign one student a week to be the class chronicler. Have that student take photos, record interviews with other students, and summarize what the class learned. Weebly is an easy platform for students of all ages to use.     

Get your class blog linked to your school’s homepage to show all the exciting work your class is doing!

Use a Messaging Service

Sending individual texts or emails to parents is time consuming and not very private. Let a messaging service, such as ClassDojo Messenger, do all the work for you. Once students and parents opt into the system, it allows you to easily send text message blasts to update all parents at once, or you can privately message them to keep them up-to-date on their child’s progress. You don’t see their phone numbers and they don’t see yours. This is a great option for families who may not have home Internet but do have smartphones.

Set Up a Class Social Media Account

If parents don’t want to have their phones buzzing all the time, consider starting a class Twitter account or Facebook page. You can use the page to share updates, photos, and links to student work. If your students are under 13, be sure to set the account to private. To view the page, all parents will need to have Twitter or Facebook accounts (many of them probably already do). Before setting up any class social media accounts, review your school’s Privacy Policy and check with administrators.

Make Parents Feel Welcome

Let parents know that your classroom is a welcome space for them. Consider inviting parents to your classroom on days when students are giving presentations or sharing projects. Working parents can use Skype or Google Hangouts to visit virtually.

Via Tom D'Amico (@TDOttawa)
Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's insight:

Use of social media is important, but the key is good choices and uses. One so-called expert, who spent little time in the classroom, suggests Twitter is a great tool to report learning results to parents. It has never been clear how 140 characters will accomplish that. It is important to use social media and other tools artfully.


The key takeaway is letting parents know the classroom environment is welcoming. I took it a step further and invited parents into classroom and provided meaningful ways for them to engage when there.



Audrey Menard's curator insight, August 3, 2014 5:20 PM

Great ideas!

Colette Cole-Saner's curator insight, August 4, 2014 9:53 AM

For beginners, many good suggestions are offered to optimize communication.

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When parents are the ones too distracted by devices

When parents are the ones too distracted by devices | Educational Leadership and Technology |

Having a teenager lost in his or her cellphone — texting friends and communicating with parents in monosyllabic grunts — has become a trope of the Internet age. But teens are not the only ones distracted by their devices.

Many parents have the same problem. As much as I hate to admit it, I'm one of them.

A couple weeks ago, my 12-year-daughter, Ella, staged an intervention. She and my wife basically threatened to take my phone and break it.

"Sometimes at night you'll just stand around and ... you'll have your phone out and you'll just type and you'll just stand there," Ella says.

Ella can be a brutal mimic. And as she describes my distraction, she strikes up my smartphone pose: the phone balanced against my belly — thumbs madly typing away — (as if by holding the phone that way no one will notice that I'm on it).

"Lila's ready to go to bed, everybody's trying to get people to read to them and you're just standing there in the middle of the hallway reading your texts and texting other people," she adds.

Hearing from my oldest that I'm ignoring her little sister stings.

"Has that gotten worse?" I ask.

"It hasn't really changed; it got worse when we moved to California," Ella says.

That was when I started covering technology.

"Do you feel jealous of my cellphone? Do you get mad at it?" I ask.

That earns an eye roll and a laugh.

"No, why would I get jealous of a cellphone?"

"I don't know," I say. "Do you feel like you are competing for attention?"


With that she wins the argument.

And Ella isn't the only kid who feels this way about her parent's relationship with devices.

, a clinical and consulting psychologist at Harvard, recently wrote . For her book, Steiner-Adair interviewed more than 1,000 kids from the ages of 4 to 18. She talked to hundreds of teachers and parents.

"One of the many things that absolutely knocked my socks off," she says, "was the consistency with which children — whether they were 4 or 8 or 18 or 24 — talked about feeling exhausted and frustrated and sad or mad trying to get their parents' attention, competing with computer screens or iPhone screens or any kind of technology, much like in therapy you hear kids talk about sibling rivalry."

Steiner-Adair says one of the challenges we all face is that these devices are wired to grab our attention and keep it. She says the most successful apps are popular, even addictive, because they in our brains.

"Yes, when you are plugged into your screen the part of your brain that lights up is the to-do list," Steiner-Adair says. "Everything feels urgent — everything feels a little exciting. We get a little dopamine hit when we accomplish another email — check this, check that. And when a child is waiting by or comes into your room and it's one of those mini-moments and you don't know — that's the hard thing about parenting — you don't know if this is the ordinary question or they're coming with something really important. It's very hard as a grown-up to disengage and give them your attention with the [same] warmth that you give them, the same tone of voice that you greet them if they interrupt you when you're scrambling eggs."

A couple of years ago, my daughter got a laptop for school. And because she was becoming more independent, we got her a phone. We set up rules for when she could use this stuff and when she'd need to put it away. We created a charging station, outside her bedroom, where she had to plug in these devices every night. Basically — except for homework — she has to put it all away when she comes home.

Steiner-Adair says most adults don't set up similar limits in their own lives.

"We've lost the boundaries that protect work and family life," she says. "So it is very hard to manage yourself and be as present to your children in the moments they need you."

Steiner-Adair says that whether you are a parent or not, carving out time to turn off your devices — to disconnect from the wired world and engage with the real people who are all around you — is one of the best gifts you can give yourself and the people your love.

After my daughter's little intervention, I made myself a promise to create my own charging station. To plug my phone in — somewhere far away — when I am done working for the day. I've been trying to leave it there untouched for most of the weekend.

And while I still find myself reaching for it — or checking my pocket — leaving my phone behind is also kind of freeing. Last weekend, instead of checking Twitter and reading tech blogs I built a treehouse.

Via Vilma Bonilla
Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's insight:

Adults face tech challenges. I know school managers who cannot greet someone properly due to their inability to look away from their PDA. Is that example we want for children?

Vilma Bonilla's curator insight, April 17, 2014 4:03 PM

The importance of disengagement and setting up boundaries. - "Parents often complain that smartphones keep their kids distracted from conversation. What happens when it's the other way around, when kids can't get their smartphone-glued parents' attention?"

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Connecting With Parents On Social Media Is Good For Teens

Connecting With Parents On Social Media Is Good For Teens | Educational Leadership and Technology |
A study from Brigham Young University reveals that parent-child relationships are strengthened by engaging online via social media, leading to positive outcomes for teens.

Via Tom D'Amico (@TDOttawa) , Jim Lerman, Bonnie Bracey Sutton
Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's insight:

Makes sense. The more we include parents in the education of their children the more social capital the children build. The question is not whether parents being involved is good. We need to figure out what that looks like in the digital world.

Maria Persson's curator insight, July 18, 2013 5:32 PM

I love the idea of parents being more involved in their child's digital literacy development - no different than making sure you invest time in their reading, mathematical, emotional and physical wellbeing!

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Moral Character Matters | Social Media | Education | eSkills | eCitizen

Moral Character Matters | Social Media | Education | eSkills | eCitizen | Educational Leadership and Technology |
There’s a direct correlation between moral character and success. We lose something very important when character is treated as an afterthought.


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Via Gust MEES, Dan Kirsch
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Character matters. That is challenging in the digital age. How do we know the person who is posting?



Gust MEES's curator insight, October 21, 2014 10:56 AM
There’s a direct correlation between moral character and success. We lose something very important when character is treated as an afterthought.

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Melissa Marshall's curator insight, October 22, 2014 2:14 AM
There’s a direct correlation between moral character and success. We lose something very important when character is treated as an afterthought.
 Developing moral character is something we need to address in schools - and it becomes more pertinent through the lens of social media interactions. 
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Parents feel left behind by the accelerating pace of technology

Parents feel left behind by the accelerating pace of technology | Educational Leadership and Technology |
They also wish that schools would make more effort with tech homework assignments that could include parents, and bring them and kids together in...

Via Tom D'Amico (@TDOttawa) , Dean J. Fusto, Mark E. Deschaine, PhD
Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's insight:

The pace of digital technology change is such that everyone is being left behind. It is important to develop skills which allow adaptation rather than mastery. The object is not to understand one type of digital technology, but to have skills that allow us to move from one to another as they emerge and work together.



Elizabeth Hutchinson's curator insight, August 7, 2014 3:54 PM

No need to feel that you are being left behind. Get down to your library and we can explain it all. @SLS Guernseyeven runs courses for you to learn how to keep up. 

Nancy J. Herr's curator insight, August 9, 2014 8:40 AM

One of our biggest goals and challenges is excellent communication with and engagement of parents. Let's not leave them behind!

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Talking to parents in 140 characters: how are schools using social media?

Talking to parents in 140 characters: how are schools using social media? | Educational Leadership and Technology |

Social media isn't just about cyberbullying and selfies. Journalist Lucy Ward explores how schools are using the likes of Twitter and Facebook to engage parents • 10 tips for how schools use social media.


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Via Gust MEES, Aki Puustinen, Dean J. Fusto, Nancy J. Herr
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There is no doubt that social media provide excellent ways to communicate with parents, but they are not the only ways. It is one way that includes face-to-face conversations. It would be interesting to find out what Derrida might conclude in using his concept differance which was not a correctly spelled word.

Nancy J. Herr's curator insight, July 18, 2014 3:28 PM

As more schools and administrators are seeing the value of social media,  topics like this one can help.

Mark McLendon's curator insight, July 19, 2014 10:21 PM

Tweeting for teachers.

Kim Lindskog's curator insight, July 25, 2014 5:19 PM

Twitter tips for reaching parents. 

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With Digital Literacy Comes Digital Ethics

With Digital Literacy Comes Digital Ethics | Educational Leadership and Technology |
Our world today is driven by digital technologies.  From cell phones to tablets, to electronic readers, and computers, almost all our work and the majority of our entertainment is delivered, shared, and enjoyed digitally. We communicate via emails and texts, and many households no longer even have

Via Elizabeth E Charles, Sarantis Chelmis
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This is another good article on a very complex and sometimes understated issue.

Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's curator insight, February 11, 2014 9:44 AM

Digital literacy and  online safety article.