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Gallery: How the ISOC Digital Safety Workshop went down

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The Internet Society (ISOC) Uganda Chapter with support from the international chapterthon program joined the collective efforts done by different stakeholders to promote Internet accessibility and usage through different initiatives. The Chapter organized two workshops for educators on Friday 9th October 2020 and Saturday 10th October 2020 at Makerere College School, Kampala, to empower with digital skills especially digital safety to enable them safely navigate the digital educational system created by covid-19 pandemic. These were attended by 50 educators from 38 schools in Uganda.

Video on Rationale of the training and Feedback from teachers who attended

The Internet is playing an increasing role in education to connect the educators and the learners and facilitate distance learning, especially since March 2020 when schools were closed due to the COVID19 pandemic. Teachers are depending more on internet and digital libraries as a source for academic information, instead of the physical libraries which are inaccessible. Digital teacher – student interactions through elearning systems, email and social media platforms have become the new normal. However, dependence on the internet is also exposing the teachers and students to fake news and cybersecurity risks, making them vulnerable to attacks.

Among the key issues discussed was digital and information literacy, privacy, digital security, digital health, among others. The speakers included Ms. Lilian Nalwoga from ISOC, Mr. Gole Andrew of Encrypt Uganda and Mr. Mukalele Rogers from the ICT Teachers Association of Uganda (ITAU). Other facilitators from ISOC included Mr. Joseph KiwendoMs. Lillian Kamara, Ms. Brenda Namata and Mr. Mutegeki Cliff. Attached below are some of the session presentations for download.

The training involved lots of hands on, minds on and focus group sessions though with the participants shared experiences on the best digital safety practices. The participants used the twitter hashtags #DigSec4Educators#BeCyberSmart and #Chapterthon to share with the rest of the world online – and these were among the to trends in Kampala on Independence day. Below are some of the tweet highlights:

#COVID19 pandemic has pushed teachers online as part executing their work. As part of the October #cyberawareness month, we’re conducting a #digitalsafety training for educators in select #Uganda schools, October 9-10 #BeCyberSmart #digsec4educators #Digitalsafety @encryptUg pic.twitter.com/uS0jvF1zaV

— ISOC Uganda Chapter (@ISOCUg) October 9, 2020

Teachers from different parts of #Uganda attending a #DigSec4Educators workshop by @ISOCUg at Makerere College School. #BeCyberSmart @internetsociety @encryptUg @KamaraLilian @ictteachersug pic.twitter.com/r9pbuNomPe

— Mukalele Rogers (@mrogers4christ) October 9, 2020

Lilian Nalwoga {@lilna} of Internet Society, Uganda Chapter {@ISOCUg} talks to educators about the integration of education & literacy in the digital age. #digsec4educators #BeCyberSmart pic.twitter.com/UCwSeqQ1af

— Encrypt Uganda (@encryptUg) October 9, 2020

There is a lot of data theft, companies invest a lot of time to do Malware attacks. Get to know it as you use online or digital platforms.#digsec4educators#Chapterthon#BeCyberSmart@ISOCUg @internetsociety pic.twitter.com/949y7lAO63

— George emorut (@Georgeemorut) October 9, 2020

Am now digital safety and security expert. Trained by Internet society Ugandan chapter.#digsec4educators#Chapterthon#BeCyberSmart @internetsociety pic.twitter.com/udb3qSsA8g

— Nicholas IT (@sebwatonichola1) October 9, 2020

How to secure passwords and how to practice a good password policy in our daily work. @encryptUg #digsec4educators #Chapterthon #BeCyberSmart pic.twitter.com/ixBVFZ56CB

— Katambi Joan (@kjoanhope) October 9, 2020

Musiime is physically impaired, he has interest in digital security. He got to know about this #digsec4educators through a certain platform and he applied to be part so that he’s able to empower his pupils. #BeCyberSmart #Chapterthon pic.twitter.com/7GgEZv5XWT

— Encrypt Uganda (@encryptUg) October 9, 2020

Ralph is a very inspirational visually impaired teacher, passionate about ICT and the cyberspace. #DigSec4Educators @ISOCUg @ictteachersug #Chapterthon #BeCyberSmart @internetsociety pic.twitter.com/iCrd9ofxum

— Mukalele Rogers (@mrogers4christ) October 9, 2020

Mukisa Godfrey takes through participants on how to work with the zoom platform securely #digsec4educators #chapterthon #BeCyberSmart pic.twitter.com/5p8IQmQgzn

— ISOC Uganda Chapter (@ISOCUg) October 9, 2020

Afternoon session underway about Digital footprint by Rogers Mukalele #digsec4educators #BeCyberSmart #Chapterthon https://t.co/dAJB5JFL1G

— ISOC Uganda Chapter (@ISOCUg) October 9, 2020

Are you comfortable with your employer going through your online timeline 5 years back? #digsec4educators#Chapterthon#BeCyberSmart@ISOCUg @internetsociety @mrogers4christ pic.twitter.com/8unD95bY1F

— George emorut (@Georgeemorut) October 9, 2020

As teachers is it advisable to accept facebook friend requests from students?.@mrogers4christ @internetsociety @BeCyberSmart #digsec4educators @ictteachersug #chapterthon @encryptUg pic.twitter.com/ktS6Z5JhGa

— Sheba Ayinza (@ShebaAyinza) October 9, 2020

Final session of today’s #DigSec4Educators workshop is about health issues related to prolonged computer use as teachers shift to #elearning and working from home during this #COVID19 pandemic. @ISOCUg @mutegekicliff @KamaraLilian @internetsociety @ictteachersug pic.twitter.com/XXQY7YbDNq

— Mukalele Rogers (@mrogers4christ) October 9, 2020

Day 2 of the @ISOCUg #Chapterthon project training on #DigSec4Educators has kicked off at Makerere College School, @lilna currently handling a session on #DigitalLiteracy#BeCyberSmart @internetsociety @encryptUg @KamaraLilian @ictteachersug pic.twitter.com/HcdeokdEqY

— Mukalele Rogers (@mrogers4christ) October 10, 2020

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#digsec4educators
2-Step Verification on Gmail. pic.twitter.com/C3gT70cZrJ

— Kakuru Benny (@BennyKakuru) October 10, 2020

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#digsec4educators
Members discussing whether teachers should be friends on facebook with their students? pic.twitter.com/Pzz2lc3dQK

— Kakuru Benny (@BennyKakuru) October 10, 2020

Online Teacher student interactions remain key despite extra vigilance accompanied by professionalism which embraces destined success. #cyberawareness #digsec4educators #digitalsafety #BeCyberSmart #Chapterthon pic.twitter.com/sQFL6skqxx

— ISOC Uganda Chapter (@ISOCUg) October 10, 2020

Indeed, Netiquette just like etiquette, ensures existing polices that necessitates online distance learning initiatives for inclusive participation on the internet. #cyberawareness #digsec4educators #digitalsafety #BeCyberSmart #Chapterthon pic.twitter.com/up8rCy4gLL

— ISOC Uganda Chapter (@ISOCUg) October 10, 2020

#digsec4educators
Health Issues related to the prolonged use of computers.
Musculoskeletal Problems.
Vision Problems.
Repetitive Stress Injuries.
Headaches.
Obesity.
Stress Disorders.
Laptop Use Injuries.
Sleeping Problems.

— Kakuru Benny (@BennyKakuru) October 10, 2020

@mrogers4christ has always been resourceful but the facilitation today at @ISOCUg
Workshop was so on point. Mind your digital footprints #DigSec4Educators pic.twitter.com/eHruq0JAZ3

— MUGISHA Joel (@jmugishas) October 10, 2020

What an amazing event, Final award Ceremony. The internet ecosystems remain vital. A better internet for all. @internetsociety @ISOC_Africa #cyberawareness #digsec4educators #digitalsafety #BeCyberSmart #Chapterthon pic.twitter.com/eOUDOZNTEu

— ISOC Uganda Chapter (@ISOCUg) October 10, 2020

It’s a wrap for today’s #digsec4educators training by @ISOCUg at Makerere College School @lilna @encryptUg #BeCyberSmart #Chapterthon pic.twitter.com/R5eSW5hkiE

— Mukalele Rogers (@mrogers4christ) October 10, 2020

Overall, the training was well received among the teachers who called for more engagements on the issue of digital safety and internet usage among educators. The best two participants (one from each day) were identified and offered 1-year free subscription to ISOC Uganda chapter membership, and these were Mr. Emorut George of Cornerstone Parents Primary School, Kampala and Mr. Kakuru Benard of Equotorial College, Ibanda.

Below is the photo gallery of the two day training.