The pioneer in helping K-12 districts manage student safety on school-provided technology

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For more than 20 years, Gaggle has helped hundreds of districts avoid tragedies and save lives while also protecting against district liability. The company helps ensure digital student safety by providing real-time monitoring of online tools within Google’s G Suite, Microsoft Office 365, Google Hangouts, Microsoft Teams, and the Canvas learning management system for more than 4.5 million students across the United States.

Gaggle’s machine learning technology watches for specific words and phrases that might indicate potentially harmful behavior. An in-house team of trained safety professionals with backgrounds in law enforcement, psychology, social work, suicide prevention, and crisis management evaluates flagged content for false positives, categorizes incidents, and determines their severity. The team then alerts district personnel to policy violations, inappropriate content, critical mental health issues, and imminent danger to students.

Gaggle also offers the SpeakUp for Safety tipline, which integrates with G Suite and Microsoft Office 365. This tipline gives students an outlet to report situations such as bullying, fights, students in crisis, threats of violence, and more.

In September,a new service called Gaggle Therapy, which matches students who need mental health support with counselors licensed in their state for weekly teletherapy sessions.

 

Formats/platforms are used:

Gaggle uses a robust combination of machine learning technology and trained safety experts to provide real-time analysis and review of students’ use of school-issued online collaboration platforms such as Google’s G Suite for Education, Microsoft Office 365, and the Canvas learning management system.

 

Primary website’s URL?:

https://www.gaggle.net

 

Problem solved:

Gaggle proactively alerting schools about students struggling with self-harm, suicidal thoughts, depression, substance abuse, cyberbullying, unhealthy relationships, violence toward others, and other credible threats. Working in partnership with Gaggle, districts can identify students who are struggling, provide support where needed, and create a safer school environment. Gaggle’s team of trained safety professionals works 24/7/365 to evaluate flagged content for false positives, categorize incidents, and determine their severity. In severe situations, district-appointed contacts are notified immediately. In the most imminent cases, Gaggle will contact law enforcement to intervene.

 

 

Grade/age range:

K-12

 

Pricing model:

Districts pay a per-student, per-year price for Gaggle's student safety solutions.

 

Additional products needed:

None

 

What makes Gaggle unique?

Gaggle is the pioneer in offering educators and parents the peace of mind that students are being protected—24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.

Most importantly, Gaggle continues to help hundreds of districts avoid tragedies and save lives, while also protecting their liability. During the 2019–20 academic year, Gaggle helped districts save the lives of 927 students who were planning or actually attempting suicide. 

 

 

Characteristics:

Real Safety in Real Time. Gaggle is the pioneer in helping K-12 districts proactively identify students who are struggling and manage student safety on school-provided technology. Whether schools use Google, Office, or Canvas environments for digital communication, Gaggle has them covered.

The platform uses a powerful combination of technology and trained Safety Experts to provide real-time analysis and review of students’ use of school-issued online collaboration platforms for email and schoolwork. It is Gaggle’s intricate balance between student safety and student privacy that has K-12 districts across the United States using Gaggle year after year. Because everything Gaggle does is steeped in helping school districts see the early warning signs that students present so they can take action to protect their students from harming themselves or others—before it’s too late.

 

Here’s what customers are saying:

“We can’t just allow the online learning space to be like the wild, Wild West,” Dr. Greene added. “It needs to be a space that’s respected and no different than it would be for the student who is in a physical classroom. Gaggle is the second set of eyes we need to be able to manage that.”

--Dr. Diana Greene, Superintendent, Duval County Public Schools, Florida

 

“Gaggle has also helped Vancouver Public Schools expand its digital equity by ensuring that students can safely access all of the information and resources that they need to learn. Especially critical in today’s remote learning environment, having a proactive approach to student safety is totally essential for schools. “It was absolutely imperative to have Gaggle on board when we went to remote teaching and learning,” she added. “We are so lucky to have Gaggle in place. It’s become part of our basic infrastructure.”

--Christina Iremonger, Chief Digital Officer, Vancouver Public Schools, Washington State

 

“By adopting a student safety platform, we gained another way to recognize and help students in crisis.”

--Mario De La Rosa, Director of Safety and Security, Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD in Texas

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