This session, Cybersafety & Digital Citizenship in the Classroom, was held at the Texas K-12 CTO Council meeting on June 18, 2015. It provided some eye-opening statistics about CTOs and job in the edtech field.

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About the Facilitators

David McGeary (@dcmcgeary) and Lynnice Hockaday (@lhockaday5), Harris County Dept of Ed (HCDE)


  1. David gave an introduction with some engaging examples
  2. Benefits of Social Media
    1. Help teachers learn how to use social media
    2. Everyone has a voice….it gives quiet kids to engage and participate and be a part of the discussion.
    3. Collaboration and engagement outside the classroom…those kids outside the walls, learning how to interact with each other. Students are able to latch on and find out what’s going outside of their own classroom.
    4. Real world experts…done in many ways such as Skype/Twitter. It takes time to make connections.
    5. Teacher-parent communication…constant, active involvement. If you want to make meaningful use of the online space, you’ve got to be an active contributor in the space. More often than not, teachers don’t know how to behave. We have to discuss fluidity, maintain conversations in online space.
    6. Training teachers to be good conversationalists in online space so that’s very important. Being just a role model online is important.
    7. Prepare for employment…
  3. % Change in Jobs requesting Social Media Skills from 2012-2013 (Source:
    1. Instagram – 644%
    2. Vine – 154%
  4. Alternatives to these would be Snapchat and Periscope
  5. In the classroom…what does social media look like in the classroom?
    1. Instagram – post a picture that becomes a writing prompt. It can be used to connect with parents, serving as a announcements. [Real life example that came to mind]
    2. Twitter – 
    3. Teacher’s 1st Amendment Rights…
    4. Justine Sacco’s life change in one Tweet
    5. #leydenpride example
  6. Myths: 
    1. When it comes to Technology, Kids have all the answers
    2. I will know when I am infected.
    3. My Password is Secure (Worst Passwords of 2014)
    4. Internet predators are easy to spot
      1. Teachers may not share directory information:  this data may include the student’s name, address, telephone number, date and place of birth, honors and awards, and dates of attendance.
    5. Web sites created for children are monitored and safe. (e.g. COPPA)
    6. Free Security Software is as good as paid. “An anti-virus tool does not protect you from everything. An anti-virus tool won’t protect you from your stupidity.”
    7. Malware comes from Email attachments.
    8. Incognito window doesn’t record information about you
    9. Posting personal information is a bad thing?
      1. “…media is actually a triathlon, it’s 3 different events. People like to consume, but they also like to produce, and they like to share.” -Clay Shirky
      2. Encourage kids to post so much positive things about themselves that it buries everything else online that might be bad.
      3. Encourage students to reflect their interests in a positive way online.
  7. Digital Natives, Digital Immigrants Idea debunked…[read research]
  8. Remember the Human
  9. Be mindful of your Digital Footprint
  10. Have a positive, constructive attitude towards what you post with others.
  11. “It always is harder to be left behind than to be the one to go…” Brock Thoene, Shiloh Autumn
  12. Looking for partners as part of the Academy in pilot mode right now in Cypress-Fairbanks ISD.

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