Friday, November 6, 2020
While this isn't a major change to Google Meet, it will be helpful to those who have large classes meeting in Google Meet. This is available in all versions of Google Workspaces (formerly known as G Suite).
If you don't see this new feature today, keep checking as it is being rolled-out over the next ten days to all users.
guide to using Google Workspaces in online classrooms.
There’s no doubt that 2020 has been the year of everything remote, where our digital interactions replaced our physical ones and our traditional classrooms packed and moved with us online.And as we carefully prepare and lead through our virtual K-12 classrooms, our students’ online safety and security needs to stay on top of that priority list as they spend more time than ever learning online.
From profane content to cybercrime and hacking schemes, there’s a lot we need to protect them against. That’s why there are Acts like the Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA) — and schools need to stay compliant.
As teachers, there’s a lot you can do to help — by both educating students on cybersecurity and staying safe online, as well as blocking access to inappropriate content and risky sites.
Here are 3 powerful ways to help keep your students safe and secure online:
1. Raise their cyber awareness using FUN!
‘Knowledge is power’ — One cool way to teach students about staying safe online is to have them complete Google’s Be Internet Awesome.
It teaches them about digital citizenship and internet safety in a gamified environment, which we all know, Kids love!
The five pillars of the curriculum are:
- Be Internet Smart - share with care
- Be Internet Alert - don’t fall for fake
- Be Internet Strong - secure your secrets
- Be Internet Kind - it’s cool to be kind
- Be Internet Brave - when it doubt, talk it out
2.Use Security Tools to enforce Cyber Security Rules
Now on to their second line of defense: Security and Monitoring Tools!
Powerful tools like GAT for Education, offer a layered set of security solutions to help schools stay CIPA compliant with Google Workspace for Education.
They protect students in every site, at all times, while connected to their Google Workspace school account in the Chrome browser.
Such powerful Security & Monitoring capabilities include:
Alerts about bad language
Blocking Unapproved websites
Risky app download alerts: set up a policy to ban or trust identified apps for students.
Alerts about certain search queries
Bulk removal of phishing emails
Complete content searches of all user’s Drive, Email and Calendars.
3. Stick to EdTech tools vetted for privacy
Speaking of tools — while there is a wide spectrum of EdTech tools out there that can help boost your virtual classroom environment (and we highly recommend exploring your options), remember to ALWAYS check their privacy policies for student data.
It’s important to ensure that these policies comply with student privacy laws and understand how your student’s data will be handled.
Now students and teachers can write comments in response to students' video submissions within a Flipgrid discussion topic. These comments are automatically reviewed by Flipgrid for potentially insensitive comments. That's a feature in addition to the manual topic moderation that you can enable on all of your Flipgrid topics.
Flipgrid's little video overview of using text comments is embedded below.
Applications for Education
I'm using Flipgrid for daily exit tickets in my freshmen computer science class this fall. Some of my students are prolific in their video production while others only do the bare minumum. I'm hoping that using text comments will enable more kids to participate in the back-and-forth of a conversation started by the exit ticket submissions.
If you're not sure what Flipgrid is or how to use it, here's my overview of the service and how to use it.
Where Does Your Thanksgiving Dinner Come From? is an interactive storymap that I've shared in the past and still find to be a neat resource. In fact, I included it as one of my "cool shares" this week during Two Ed Tech Guys Take Questions and Share Cool Stuff. The map displays where eight popular Thanksgiving foods are grown and harvested in the United States. The storymap includes a map for each ingredient. Each map shows the locations of commercial producers. Fun facts are included in the storymap too. For example, did you know that Illinois has at least twice as many acres of pumpkins as any state?
Applications for Education
Students can create their own storymaps about Thanksgiving with tools provided by ESRI or by using StoryMap JS. In the following video I demonstrate how to create a storymap with StoryMap JS.