An Educator Webinar: Using CSD Learns Toolkits

by | Mar 5, 2021

Do your students have the tools to keep safe on the internet? Unfortunately, most people have very limited access to training about best practices for protecting themselves on the web. In fact, 77% of US/UK survey respondents say they’ve never been offered cybersecurity curriculum at any level. Studies show that Gen Z is the least engaged in cybersecurity, despite spending over 4 hours a day online. And many deaf students don’t have a deaf adult at home to talk them through the basics.

That’s why CSD Learns created “Developing Your Cybersense,” a toolkit that supports teachers in educating their students about cybersecurity. “Developing Your Cybersense” is available as a PDF or in Google Slides, and is flexibly designed to be used as little or as much as you like.

It’s designed with Deaf students in mind, and features multiple modalities of information display to encourage maximum engagement for middle and high school learners.

With special guests Dr. Mei Kennedy, an Instructional Designer for online learning, and CSD’s own ITS Operational Manager, Amanda Whyrick, M.S. we took a deep dive on what you need to know about teaching and practicing cybersecurity, and learned about the profession itself.

Want to know more about how to use “Developing Your Cybersense” and other CSD Learns’ toolkits? Wonder what the experts have to say about teaching cybersecurity skills? Watch a recording of the Closer Look Webinar!

Together, the group took a deep dive into how to integrate financial education topics across disciplines, whether it be in-person or online. Want to see what tips Sutha has for creative ways to add financial literacy into your curriculum? Watch a recording of the webinar here:

Key Takeaways

Cybersecurity—It’s More Than Just Hackers

Hollywood has made some blockbusters about big-time hackers trying to take down the federal government. In reality, large-scale hacking is a small piece of the cybersecurity puzzle. Cybersecurity encompasses a wide range of practices and safeguards, everything from traditional firewalls, to creating strong passwords, even cyberbullying!

Cybersecurity is a part of STEM

Cybersecurity draws on a variety of skillsets, including computer hardware and software knowledge, as well as operating systems, networking, and sometimes even coding. This means discussions about cybersecurity can fit into any science or technology classroom. The sooner students have access to knowledge about good cybersecurity practices, the sooner they can form their own good habits in their increasingly cloud-based worlds.

The Future of Education is Now

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed nearly every sector of our society, and education is no exception. Now more than ever, teachers are relying on technology to connect with students, but most teachers report that they’ve had no formal training on how to best protect the devices from which they teach. With one in five districts saying they’ll continue a fully online learning option after the pandemic is over, it’s clear that remote learning is here to stay.

Cybersecurity Experts are In-Demand

Did you know that the field of cybersecurity has had a 0% unemployment rate since 2011? Getting your students interested in an ever-growing industry could help them carve out a successful career path for the future. Our guest Amanda Whyrick shares her experience as a cybersecurity professional and breaks down the benefits of a rewarding field.

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