While the vast majority of education leaders would agree that students need to use 21st Century technology tools in order to gain the skills they will need to succeed in our fast-paced and ever-evolving world, they are nervous about allowing wholesale access to those tools on the Internet. Concerns about students being exposed to dangers like pornography, child predators, and cyber-bullying can prevent the progress in education that our students require to be successful in the future. But restricting today’s youth to conventional educational methodology is counter-productive.
At Loyd we use Gaggle for our student safe e-mail, blogging, chatting and social pages. It is protected by filters and school-enforced monitoring. For grades 3-5 we use gaggle to place assignments to help students learn to navigate the web safely and to live and work in the 21st Century. These are skills that are necessary in today's world. Surfing the web can be a safe and productive family experience!
For information on Gaggle go to Student Resources on our school web page, www.am.dodea.edu/benning/loyd and click on the Gaggle icon.
For information on keeping your children safe on your home computer(s) go to http://www.microsoft.com/athome/video/parentalwin.aspx.