SecurED Schools : Proposals

K12 Data Privacy & Cybersecurity Conference

Online | January 13-14, 2021

Proposals

SecurED Schools is a two-day professional development event focused on data privacy and cybersecurity for K-12 Administrators, Technology Leaders, and IT Staff. Our 2021 conference will occur virtually on January 13 and 14th, and we anticipate that 150-300 technology leaders will be in attendance.

SecurED Schools sessions focus on two main strands: data privacy and cybersecurity. Within the data privacy strand, sessions that focus on SOPPA implementation will be prioritized. Within the cybersecurity strand, sessions will be aligned to the 20 CIS Controls.

If you have questions, please contact Chris Wherley at cwherley@ltcillinois.org.

Timelines

Proposal Deadline:
November 6, 2020

Presenters Notified of Acceptance:
November 30, 2020

Sessions Published:
December 4, 2020

Conference:
January 13 and 14, 2021

FORM: FY21 SecurED Schools RFP

Proposal

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Session Strands

SecurED Schools sessions focus on two main strands: data privacy and cybersecurity. Within the data privacy strand, sessions that focus on SOPPA implementation will be prioritized. Within the cybersecurity strand, sessions will be aligned to the 20 CIS Controls.

Data Privacy Strands
Cybersecurity CIS Controls Strands

Presenter Information

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Building on Digital Citizenship Week 2020

Digital Citizenship Week 2020 (October 19-23) has come and passed, but that doesn’t mean your students have missed out on an opportunity to grow their 21st century skillset. Many leading EdTech companies and organizations offer resources and tools for year-round digital citizenship education.

If you’re still looking for ways to include digital citizenship essentials in your class’ curriculum, be sure to check out the following resources and tools while drawing up your lesson plans.

What is Digital Citizenship?

In essence, “digital citizenship” is a collection of thoughts and actions that promote positive, honest, and critical discussions among digital community members. Often, digital citizenship takes the form of adaptable routines that allow an individual to safely and securely navigate digital content – both in and out of the classroom.

Without a doubt, digital citizenship is important for students to learn year-round. Even a lesson or two on the core principles of digital citizenship can help students implement it in their daily lives. Building awareness for these principles starts in the classroom, though, which is why educators across the spectrum should consider utilizing the following digital citizenship tools and resources.

Resources for Year-Round Digital Citizenship

Be Internet Awesome

Be Internet Awesome is a recent Google-led initiative to empower students to make educated decisions online.

This initiative’s curricular materials focus on teaching students both the knowledge and practical skills needed to be smart, alert, strong, kind, and brave online. Each lesson has also been designed to stand on its own. As a result, educators who want to make the most of their classroom time can drop a lesson into their pre-existing curriculum.

Google has also produced a high-quality, interactive adventure – Interland – that students of numerous grade levels can enjoy. Each Be Internet Awesome curriculum lesson is capped with an Interland experience, so students will be able to immediately put what they’ve learned into practice.

Common Sense Education

Common Sense Education has recognized an ongoing need to build flexible, contemporary skillsets for navigating the open internet. That’s why they’ve created a variety of curricular resources for grades 5-18 – each of which include age-appropriate activities that will help students take ownership of their digital lives.

Common Sense Education’s digital citizenship content is also designed with simplified incorporation in mind. That’s why they’ve also put out this useful Implementation Guide for free. In it, you’ll find planning guides, case studies, and classroom posters that can help your department form a unified approach to teaching digital citizenship.

New for 2020

This year, Common Sense Education again added to their Digital Citizenship Week catalogue of free resources. In particular, their Digital Citizenship Week 2020 collection includes new ways to engage grade, middle, and high school students. This includes short and long lessons centered around open-ended questions, such as “how am I being a digital citizen today?” and “how can I think critically about the things I see, create, and share?”

All of these new resources can be implemented efficiently, as well. Each set of lessons comes with a customizable planning calendar and student activity sheets that align with each lesson’s goals.

Tools for Supporting Digital Citizenship

Securly Auditor

One key aspect of digital citizenship revolves around the prevention and elimination of cyberbullying, as well as other negative online behavior patterns. While that can take some practice over time, Securly’s Auditor engine can support an educator’s efforts to spot violence and graphic content in student-related communications before they become a problem.

At the same time, Auditor can help identify at-risk students early on. In particular, Auditor’s interface allows educators to continuously scan emails, attachments, and documents – all within Google Suite. Any tagged material is then brought immediately to an admin’s attention via a responsive alert system.

Impero Back:drop

Impero’s back:drop is another well-regarded digital classroom management platform that digital citizenship-focused educators should take note of. This free-forever platform is FERPA-, COPPA-, and HIPAA- compliant, making it ideal for use in schools where student data security is a top priority.

Purchasing Opportunities through ILTPP

Several of the companies mentioned above – including Impero and Securly – are vendor partners of the Illinois Learning Technology Purchase Program (ILTPP). ILTPP is an LTC cooperative program that aggregates buying power and expertise to procure technology products and services for educational institutions across the state.

Through ILTPP, your school or district may be able to obtain a discount when purchasing several of the digital citizenship-building resources and tools outlined above. Check out their website to learn more about ILTPP’s current purchasing opportunities.

The LTC also provides additional support and resources for educators who are looking to enhance their curricular offerings. Be sure to check our website often for new online courses, PD opportunities, and more.

Free Turnkey Resources for E-Learning and Advisory

Leverage your homeroom advisory time or e-learning days to equip students with the critical life skills they need to thrive beyond the classroom. EVERFI’s digital resources focus on these essential skills, including financial literacy, college and career readiness, social skills, mental wellness, bullying, substance abuse prevention, and more. They are pre-prepped, standards-aligned, and student-directed, with assessments built-in – making them perfect for e-learning days, advisory, or any time! The online lessons are aligned to state standards. Best of all? They’re available at absolutely NO COST to schools, thanks to local sponsors.

Gaming Culture, Distance Learning, and Student Engagement

How can we borrow from video games to build meaningful distance learning experiences? As an emergency response, educators made a shift to distance learning almost overnight with mitigated success: all over the country, districts report participation rates in distance learning to be as low as 50%. Meanwhile, engagement with video games is at an all-time high. Together, we’ll learn what we can borrow from video games to rethink distance learning, motivate students and develop standards to make them better distance learners.

Free Turnkey Resources for E-Learning and Advisory

Leverage your homeroom advisory time or e-learning days to equip students with the critical life skills they need to thrive beyond the classroom. EVERFI’s digital resources focus on these essential skills, including financial literacy, college and career readiness, social skills, mental wellness, bullying, substance abuse prevention, and more. They are pre-prepped, standards-aligned, and student-directed, with assessments built-in – making them perfect for e-learning days, advisory, or any time! The online lessons are aligned to state standards. Best of all? They’re available at absolutely NO COST to schools, thanks to local sponsors.

Technology Networking Meeting

Area technology coordinators and directors will discuss shared experiences, questions, and ideas. These are informal discussions around technology with colleagues from around the state on topics that matter to you.