GoGuardian Software Gives Power Back to Teachers

Twenty-four SVRTC members gathered on Wednesday, January 15, 2020 for the SVRTC meeting at Nottoway High School. They represented 14 SVRTC school divisions (Amelia, Brunswick, Buckingham, Colonial Heights, Cumberland, Danville, Dinwiddie, Franklin City, Greensville, Hopewell, Lunenburg, Nottoway, Pittsylvania and Prince Edward).

During the meeting, members heard from Ryan Lasley with GoGuardian, an educational technology company that offers software solutions that keep students safer online and engaged in learning. Lasley presented virtually from California on how GoGuardian’s software can monitor and filter what a student can access on the internet while also providing an opportunity for classroom management. The software allows teachers to view student activity and have control over devices used in the classroom. Mr. Lasley answered questions from members that included bandwidth usage, various packages, and pricing for the consortium.

Several SVRTC divisions reported that they currently use GoGuardian software to provide various needs (e.g., take- device management, pushing URLs out to student’s browser tabs). More information can be found on GoGuardian’s website.

Cybersecurity Training Options

The November 2019 SVRTC meeting had 26 attendees representing 14 counties from southside Virginia (Amelia, Appomattox, Brunswick, Buckingham, Colonial Heights, Charlotte, Cumberland, Greenville, Danville, Dinwiddie, Halifax, Nottoway, Prince Edward, Sussex).  The topic for professional development was security awareness training and had two companies present briefly to members.

Devin Callahan from Proofpoint, a software company out of California, presented virtually at the meeting. While Proofpoint offer a variety of data security products, Mr. Callahan presented on their  security awareness training modules. Their product allows flexible training options within the modules to help make sure the cybersecurity awareness training meets the needs of the targeted learners. The platform allows you to first understand your users’ weaknesses and then develop training based on the users’ needs.  The reporting tools then inform stakeholders about their users’ data security knowledge and target areas of need. The company offered members a demo account to get more familiar with its structure and usability.

The next virtual presentation was led by Lindsay Piraino, Regional Account Manager for KnowBe4 out of Florida. Ms. Piranio shared handouts, as well as presented some slides on her company’s product highlighting the interactive capabilities for learners and assessment features for administrators in their cybersecurity modules.  

After the meeting, members expressed they looked forward to taking the information about the two companies back to their divisions.  SVRTC divisions hope to benefit from consortium discounts going into the new fiscal year to address security awareness training with their faculty and staff.

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