Scott Noakes

Passionate about education, technology and the glorious and messy intersection of them!

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Google Education Roadshow

By Scott Noakes on 8/15/17 9:25 AM

If your school uses Chromebooks or is looking to adopt them it would be worth attending the Cyclone Google Roadshow.

Cyclone, in partnership with Google, is taking a special roadshow around New Zealand to help schools ensure kids are as safe as possible when online.

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Blocking Hotspot Shield and other VPNs

By Scott Noakes on 7/7/17 10:51 AM

Inviting student devices onto your school's BYOD network also invites new ICT challenges.

Schools are often unaware that student use of VPN software such as Hotspot Shield or Ultrasurf  can bypass school internet filtering and allow access to any online content.

A recent analysis Linewize conducted of a large Auckland High School found that 15% of students were using such software to bypass school internet filtering and gain access to any online content.

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Getting smarter with 1:1 digital distractions.

By Scott Noakes on 6/14/17 11:27 AM

Distraction of the digital kind is on the rise in classrooms. How can you successfully oversee devices and online access? In the aptly named article ‘We have met the enemy and he is us’1 the authors rate self-produced distractions, such as playing games, checking emails and surfing the net, as the most common classroom distractions, with more than a third of students admitting to ‘multitasking’ in class time.

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Learn how to develop a digital citizenship program

By Scott Noakes on 6/8/17 4:24 PM

An ICT teacher's experience

Kate is an ICT Lead Teacher at Halswell School in Christchurch New Zealand, a Year 0-8 primary with a roll of over 650 students. Halswell School introduced BYOD in years 5 and above in 2014. The school uses Linewize, a student internet management system, to keep students safe and to foster digital citizenship. Here Kate shares how to develop a digital citizenship program with the support of a student management system that provides complete visibility over student online behaviours.

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A Global Overview of Digital Citizenship in Schools. Part 3 - (USA).

By Scott Noakes on 5/9/17 10:00 AM

Digital Citizenship is currently a ‘hot topic’ in education circles in the United States, placed at #3 on the Tech Trends for 2017. At the core of the debate is the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA) dating from 2000. This law demands that all schools that receive federal funding for Internet access install blocking software to filter materials that are ‘obscene, child pornography, or harmful to minors’.

Some feel that this has been interpreted in a heavy-handed fashion at school and district level, to the extent that a ‘Banned Websites Day’ was held in September 2016. A statement issued by the American Association of School Librarians explained the reasoning behind the awareness-raising event: 

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Linewize at Interface Xpo 2017!

By Scott Noakes on 5/3/17 1:34 PM

Interface Xpo 2017 is New Zealand's premiere EdTech event and we'd love to see you there.

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A Global Overview of Digital Citizenship in Schools. Part 2 - (UK)

By Scott Noakes on 5/1/17 2:40 PM

In this post we look at how the U.K. is approaching 'Digital Citizenship' in schools with a particular focus on trying to prevent students from being radicalised by terrorist groups. The approach taken is particulary comprehensive with filtering and monitoring mandated in every school. 

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A Global Overview of Digital Citizenship in Schools. - New Zealand.

By Scott Noakes on 4/19/17 4:55 PM

2017 is setting itself up to be a fascinating year with lots happening in the ‘Digital Citizenship’ space. Bring Your Own Device programs are building momentum globally. Educational technology research is pointing to the benefits of embracing social media and other online tools for engaging students. Children’s use of the internet is increasing year on year and calls for developing Digital Citizenship are reaching a crescendo. As a result, governments, schools and communities are acknowledging that children need to be able to participate online safely and securely. This series of 3 blogs looks at three countries who are proactively tackling these issues – some at government level and some at the ground roots.

New Zealand: ‘From Literacy, to Fluency to Citizenship’

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How should schools handle chat bots such as SimSimi?

By Scott Noakes on 4/10/17 7:32 PM

SimSimi, an anonymous chat app linked to cyberbullying, has temporarily removed access to users in the Republic of Ireland following a wave of criticism from students, parents and education authorities. Police in Northern Ireland took the unusual step of issuing an official alert to parents to advise them to check their children’s phones for the App.

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Cyberbullying - the challenge of our times

By Scott Noakes on 3/29/17 4:48 PM

Cyberbullying has been a hot topic in the media since the start of the year. A recent Australian survey of 1,000 parents of teenagers aged 11-18 conducted for Telstra, a national telco, found that two in five (40 percent) of parents ranked cyberbullying and bullying among their biggest worries as their children returned to school. The research found that 36 percent of Australian teenagers had personally experienced cyberbullying, with one in five, or 20 percent, stating the bullying occurred within the last month.

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