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Laurin is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional, and spent two decades managing IT operations and information security in the corporate sector, most recently for a Fortune 1000 company. She now uses that operational background in her role as Principal Investigator at Secure Decisions. In addition to leading the Comic-BEE project, she has received two grants for cybersecurity education from the National Science Foundation. A member of the NICE (National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education) Working Group, Laurin currently serves as a co-chair of the Competitions Subgroup. She also serves on the Editorial Board of the Cybersecurity Skills Journal.

Laurin Buchanan to Speak at NICE Conference 2019

By |2019-11-07T15:20:03-05:00November 7, 2019|Categories: Press Releases|

Ms. Buchanan will deliver a presentation entitled Beyond Dilbert, xkcd, and Little Bobby: Teaching Cybersecurity with Comics at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, 11/19, as part of the “Expanding Skill Development through Lifelong Learning” conference track. Ms. Buchanan will discuss how comics can engage learners of any age or experience level with critical foundational concepts and technical skills. Novel educational  approaches using comics will be presented, including interactive, branching comics that allow readers to make decisions and see the outcomes of [...]

UPDATE: Comic-BEE will be presenting on a National Cyberwatch Center VBBL Webcast – Nov 13th

By |2019-10-22T11:42:39-04:00October 22, 2019|Categories: Events|Tags: , , , |

VBBL (Virtual Brown Bag Lunch) topic title: Comic-BEE - An education technology for developing interactive, graphic cybersecurity stories and web comics. The VBBL is scheduled to be on November 13, 2019 starting at 2:00-2:45PM Eastern Time. In this VBBL, Laurin Buchanan will discuss and demonstrate the use of Comic-BEE, a novel cybersecurity education technology designed to support the rapid creation of interactive, graphic stories–web comics–that align with cybersecurity curricular goals. By making choices on behalf of a character in the [...]

Using branching comics in college courses

By |2019-09-03T13:24:30-04:00September 3, 2019|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Term papers are part of the old college tradition: writing the paper enables students to both acquire a deeper understanding of course concepts and demonstrate that understanding to the instructor. These days, however, it is too easy to for students to plagiarize or buy a paper, and overworked faculty can spend hours grading a stack of papers. At Comic-BEE, we think that having each student create a branching comic is a better approach for today's learning environment. You can learn [...]

Comic-BEE and K12 education

By |2019-05-17T10:02:57-04:00May 16, 2019|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Comics are being used in K12 classrooms everywhere to get reluctant readers to read and to engage students in a wide range of topics, from language arts to history, math and science. If this idea is new to you, you may want to check out ComicsInEducation.com, a terrific compendium of useful information which is dedicated to the idea that understanding and making meaning of visual narratives like comics is of particular importance in this digital age. Facebook has a Comic [...]

Secure Decisions announces the Comic-BEE ‘Cyber Savvy Educators Contest’

By |2019-08-19T14:32:14-04:00May 1, 2019|Categories: Press Releases|

May 1, 2019 - Northport, NY: Today, Secure Decisions launched the “Cyber Savvy Educators Contest,” which challenges middle school educators to create a branching web comic around the importance of strong passwords for their students. Branching web comics are graphic stories where a reader makes choices on behalf of a character, causing the story to follow a variety of branches that result in different outcomes. These visual, interactive stories engage young learners and help them understand the cause-effect relationship between [...]

How do you create a branching web comic with Comic-BEE?

By |2019-04-05T09:23:40-04:00April 1, 2019|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

The process of creating a published comic or graphic novel like those you buy at a bookstore typically begins with developing the story details and characters, then creating the visual presentation. This latter step is often a two part process: first creating a quick pencil sketch of word and pictures called a storyboard, and then using that storyboard to guide the creation of final, full color comic panels.

Information session on summer cybersecurity workshop for middle school educators

By |2019-04-19T11:16:57-04:00March 22, 2019|Categories: News|

April 3, 2019 “Cybersecurity for Middle School Teachers and Students (CyberMiSTS)” is a 2-week summer program for middle school teachers wishing to teach their students about cybersecurity. This workshop will provide educators on Long Island with the knowledge, skills, and tools they need to actively engage students and expose them to cybersecurity concepts and careers. In the CyberMiSTS workshop, teachers will learn from cybersecurity researchers, engage in hands-on activities, customize cybersecurity course materials for their own classrooms, and use Comic-BEE [...]

Long Island teacher workshop: cybersecurity & middle school students

By |2019-03-22T12:03:49-04:00March 14, 2019|Categories: News|

“Cybersecurity for Middle School Teachers and Students (CyberMiSTS)” is a 2-week summer program for middle school teachers wishing to teach their students about cybersecurity. This workshop will provide educators on Long Island with the knowledge, skills, and tools they need to actively engage students and expose them to cybersecurity concepts and careers. In the CyberMiSTS workshop, teachers will learn from cybersecurity researchers, engage in hands-on activities, customize cybersecurity course materials for their own classrooms, and use Comic-BEE to develop branching, [...]

Why use branching web comics for cybersecurity education?

By |2019-04-16T14:45:20-04:00February 6, 2019|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , |

Nearly a decade ago, the Secure Decisions team created branching, graphic comics by hand for a cybersecurity education research project. The resulting web comics were well received but fairly expensive to create: each one took about a man month of time, and required both a graphic artist and a computer programmer to put together. Why did we spend all that time creating web comics for cybersecurity education? Stories are how we pass all kinds of knowledge on to children. And [...]

What is a branching web comic?

By |2019-10-02T14:46:44-04:00January 4, 2019|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Branching, interactive graphic stories –web comics– are a relative of “choose your own adventure” stories. Long a favorite of bored parents, these stories allow a child to make choices on behalf of a character, causing the story to follow a variety of branches that result in different outcomes. This form of interactive storytelling is best when served in images, sequentially presenting the images in the manner of a comic. A graphic story can be more informative than plain text, and [...]

Laurin Buchanan joins the CJS Editorial Board

By |2018-12-19T12:23:14-05:00October 18, 2018|Categories: Announcements|

Laurin Buchanan, Principal Investigator for Comic-BEE, has joined the Editorial Board of Cybersecurity Skills Journal: Practice and Research (CSJ), published by the National CyberWatch Center (NCC). The CSJ is a unique “hybrid-access” scholarly publication focused exclusively on cybersecurity skills and is the first publication to bridge the profession's theory-practice divide by publishing research on the theories, measurement methods, evidence-based practices, and effective pedagogy required for the skilled performance of cybersecurity tactics, techniques, and protocols. The journal’s goal is to improve [...]