Helpful Tools to Turn Your Students into Cyber Detectives with Tech for Tomorrow

Tech for Tommorow is an all-new digital education program designed to highlight the ways technology and innovation can better our world. Developed in partnership with The Tech Interactive, a family-friendly science and technology center at the heart of downtown San Jose, CA, on a mission to inspire the innovator in everyone. 

Below, guest blogger Elizabeth Benno, a digital literacy coach from the Lovejoy Independent School District in Texas, reviews her favorite Tech for Tomorrow resources.

Tech for Tomorrow provides lessons and tools perfect for 4th-8th graders.  The lessons are standards based, detailed, and have so many real-world connections.  The classroom activities are effective, cooperative and they infuse the 4C’s (Communication, Collaboration, Critical Thinking and Creativity) throughout each plan. The students are completely engaged, while learning so many new concepts and solving real-world problems.

In the activity Crytobabel: Coded Communication, students explore with ciphers and codes. Students are exposed to four different types of codes, beginning with Morse Code.  They experience encoding and decoding, while working through a scenario of being cryptanalyst to break a code.

Hashing and Cracking: Password Essentials allows students to act as entrepreneurs about to begin their own website.  They work through the scenario to create a secure login system. While working at passwords from the viewpoint of cracking them – they experience the purpose behind having strong and private passwords in their own lives.

In Cyber Forensics: Network Protection, students take on the role of digital forensic investigators.  They are tasked with investigating a recent store robbery.  Students dive into the suspect’s online presence and web activity.  Through this activity, they are explore the implications of their own digital footprint.

As a teacher trainer, I hear so often from teachers how they have difficulty connecting lessons to real-world scenarios. The activities from Tech for Tomorrow provide everything you need to engage students in problem solving with real-world connections. The lessons are also flexible.  If you don’t have a large enough period of time, the lessons can take place over more than one day.

Plus, expand the impact of the resources by joining the upcoming Tech for Tomorrow Virtual Field Trip on February 6 at 1pm EST.  Your students will get an all access pass to The Tech Interactive’s most exciting exhibits and a road trip to one of the most famous sites in California: Silicon Valley to meet top innovators in engineering, robotics, artificial-intelligence and more!

I hope you will take a look at these resources from Tech for Tomorrow and lead your students through these engaging and high-quality activities.