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June 28, 2022

Teach Cyber Byte

In this byte you will find, us welcoming the newest member of our team, information about the signing your school up for the US Cyber Range, the US Cyber Range Grant Application, Teach Cyber 2021-2022 School Year
US Range Grant Summary and the upcoming Teach Cyber professional development in August; we hope you can join us!

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Welcome to the Team!

Q and A with Chris:

Why is cybersecurity education important to you?

Cybersecurity Education is important to Chris because she feels it is extremely important to educate our society, from the young to the elderly, about cybersecurity to better protect ourselves against cyber attacks.

What is Chris' advice for a high school student?

Chris believes high school students should educate themselves and be aware of the different types of cyber attacks that can occur. She also encourages students to get involved with cybersecurity during their high school years via clubs, competitions, and camps. She would also encourage students to consider some type of post high school education in the growing field of cybersecurity. Our nation needs future cyber superstars!
Chris Lannin
What would Chris tell cybersecurity teachers?

Chris would thank all teachers who are working to educate our youth in the areas of technology, computer science, coding, and cybersecurity. These teachers spend countless hours furthering their education to keep up-to-date in their fields in order to give students the best education they can in an ever-changing world.

More about Chris

Chris obtained her undergraduate degree in Business Education from Winona State University, and she went on to obtain two Master’s degrees: A Master’s in Secondary Education from Arizona State University and a Master of Science in School Library and Information Studies from Minnesota State University-Mankato. Chris worked for the Kasson-Mantorville School District in Kasson, MN for 20 years. While there, she held numerous positions as her experience and as the school district needs evolved. Chris believes that meaningful learning requires students to be engaged and active. She used a multi-media approach to create a sensory experience. She incorporated videos, music, games, and student movement in her lessons. Chris is highly experienced at using technology in the classrooms. She taught the CCNA (Cisco Certified Networking Associate) curriculum as a yearlong class to high schoolers. Her classroom had its own local-area network, and students developed skills necessary to build their own network. Chris also taught a high school independent study course in Virtual Reality Educational Pathfinders in which students used Blender to learn 3D modeling. For the last three years, Chris worked for Lanesboro School District, Lanesboro, MN teaching K-12 Technology and high school Business classes in addition to acting as the District Technology Integrationist. Please join us in welcoming Chris to the team!

Teach Cyber 2022 Professional Development for Educators

Do you need to brush up your cybersecurity skills so you are ready to teach cyber this Fall?
What to expect?
A blend of synchronous and asynchronous modules to prepare high school teachers to implement the Teach Cyber curriculum. The PD includes access to the US Cyber Range to complete hands-on labs.
When is it?
August 8-11, 2022
How much is it?
The cost of the training is $400, as it is supplemented by grant funds received from the Gula Tech Foundation.
For more information take a look at the Teacher Professional Development page found here.

Sign your school up for the US Cyber Range using the Teach Cyber Environment

The US Cyber Range is moving to Flat Rate pricing effective
July 1, 2022.
Teach Cyber has its own environment on the US Cyber Range! The Teach Cyber Environment includes all of the VMs needed for the TC labs!
You can enroll your school for the Teach Cyber Environment here.
Teach Cyber Environment
If you have any questions regarding the US Cyber Range or how to enroll your school, please contact the US Cyber Range directly at: contact@uscyberrange.org

US Cyber Range Grant Application

Teach Cyber will support up to 20 grants to support US Cyber Range access to schools that are implementing the Teach Cyber courseware in their High School Cybersecurity Course or Pathway.
Important Dates

There will be two rounds of application review:
  • July 1-18 and
  • July 19-August 5.
The application deadline is August 5, 2022.

To receive a grant, the cybersecurity course/pathway must serve students in grades 9, 10, 11 and/or 12.

Preference will be given to schools:
  • that serve majority minority population
  • have a greater financial need
  • who have not been previously awarded a scholarship.

Teach Cyber 2021-2022 School Year
US Range Grant Survey Results Summary

Teach Cyber supported 25 teachers on the US Cyber Range during the 2021-2022 school year. Those teachers collectively reached 602 students. The student representation per state is shown in the map.
Of the 602 students that were served, 123 students were female and 477 were male. 317 students were from underrepresented minority groups.
2021-22 Teach Cyber student demographics

Barriers and Enablers as indicated by the Teachers


Teachers noted the barriers included knowing how to place the curriculum into existing curriculum or pace the course so they can cover the content in the amount of time they have. Additionally, teachers were concerned with differentiating the content for students, and increasing student vocabulary. However, 40% of the teacher’s comments expressed labs were the biggest challenge. Specific concerns included: overall difficulty level, the labs are Linux based and the networking aspects of the labs.



Teachers noted that they liked the robust classroom discussions, and that activities were integrated into the courseware and labs. As one teacher noted “Students really seemed to enjoy the mixture of labs versus less technical activities. I think they really enjoyed the variety throughout the courseware.” Teachers also reported that students learning about hacks throughout history, activities that were integrated into the courseware and labs. The aspects of the curriculum that enabled teachers to teach are included in the graph below.
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