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Saturday, January 13, 2024

Combating Sneaky College students (Eric Griffith)

Each faculty has a inhabitants of sneaky college students who appear to at all times discover a approach to bypass district internet filters and safety settings. In the present day I’m joined by skilled tech director Eric Griffith to debate these sneaky techniques and put together a response.

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combating sneaky students

Discovering the suitable strategy

With regards to managing expertise, there are two excessive approaches:

  1. Lock it down like North Korea
  2. Go away it open till there’s an issue

Most colleges will fall someplace between these two extremes, however each faculty is nearer to at least one aspect than the opposite. Growing a district philosophy and tradition is likely one of the first belongings you want to take action that you know the way to strategy coverage selections.

Your academics must have a voice in these coverage selections as they’re on the entrance strains, working with college students and expertise each day.

“I’ve seen districts lock down units so tightly that college students would cost their Android and iPhones from their Chromebooks as a result of it was nothing greater than a battery for them.”

That is NOT the kind of studying atmosphere we wish to create.

Sneaky techniques

Eric has been a tech director for a very long time and he has been taking notes on the assorted sneaky techniques and options utilized by college students to trick academics and bypass district safety settings.

If you’re a instructor, you’ll be occupied with among the insights that Eric shares throughout our dialog. You would possibly even say “Oh! That’s why my college students have been doing that!”

When you perceive how college students are utilizing numerous Chromebook options to cover their off-task conduct, you’ll know what to search for within the classroom.

Widespread issues to search for:

  • College students who’ve the time and data to customise their Chromebook settings are often the scholars who’ve the data to bypass district safety settings.
  • College students utilizing trackpad gestures to shortly swap between open tabs and home windows
  • Pinning and grouping tabs to cover off-task conduct
  • Utilizing digital desktops to cover off-task conduct

As a fellow tech director, Eric additionally shares some coverage changes that may restrict off-task conduct in order that district expertise is getting used for studying, not leisure.

“Shift + Management + A will spoil their day.” – Eric Griffith

Classroom monitoring and filtering

Eric and I spend a little bit of time speaking about internet filters and classroom administration instruments like Securly, GoGuardian, Bark, Blocksi, and so forth.

Eric and I’ve had a chance to personally use a number of of those instruments and our opinions and ideas on them have modified over time as colleges have began 1:1 machine applications which have moved expertise from a classroom enhancement to a classroom expectation.

Eric is presently in a three-year relationship with Securly whereas I’m working at a college that’s utilizing GoGuardian.

No system is ideal, however there are a number of good choices that may provide help to shield college students from the worst content material on the web.

Associated: Filter your units with Securly.

Critical accountability

Protecting college students protected on-line is a severe accountability. Equipping academics with instruments and data to successfully handle their classroom in opposition to sneaky college students is a vital purpose.

Hopefully, my dialog with Eric offered some concepts to think about as you develop considerate insurance policies on your faculty.

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