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 [...]
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 [...]
Comic-BEE Joins Far-Reaching Initiative to Promote the Awareness of Online Safety and Privacy for National Cybersecurity Awareness Month
September 26, 2019 — Comic-BEE today announced its commitment to National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM), held annually in October, by signing up as a Champion and joining a growing global effort to promote the awareness of online safety and privacy. NCSAM is a collaborative effort among businesses, government agencies, colleges and universities, associations, nonprofit organizations, and individuals committed to this year’s NCSAM theme: “Own IT. Secure IT. Protect IT.” This theme encourages everyone to #BeCyberSmart through cybersecurity best practices. “Comic-BEE [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
Comic-BEE has received the Building Tomorrow’s Workforce Award from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology (DHS S&T) Directorate’s Funded Performer Awards. DHS S&T awards this honor to a funded project that best helps develop the next generation of cybersecurity professionals. The award ceremony took place on March 19th, as part of the 2019 DHS S&T Cybersecurity and Innovation Showcase in Washington, D.C. Laurin Buchanan, Principal Investigator for Comic-BEE, attended the ceremony and accepted the award. Developed by [...]
“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, [...]
Want to engage your college students more deeply in your course topic and assess their understanding of course materials? Have them create a branching web-comic using Comic-BEE instead of writing a term paper! Students have reported that writing a comic in Comic-BEE is more enjoyable than writing a paper, and instructors say that reading the comics was faster to evaluate than a paper with citations. Read more about this novel approach, and learn about one professor’s experience using Comic-BEE.
November is National Career Development month and November 12-17 is National Cybersecurity Career Awareness Week (NCCAW). Comic-BEE will be doing its part to support NCCAW’s goal to inspire, educate, and engage children through adults to pursue careers in cybersecurity.
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 [...]
Join us on November 6th & 7th in Miami for the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE) Conference and Expo! Stop by our booth #113 to see a live demo of Comic-BEE and learn how you can use Comic-BEE to create engaging content to educate or evaluate cybersecurity knowledge and skills at any level. Comic-BEE has been successfully used with K12 students in camps and after school workshops, and in college classes. We can help you create a novel challenge [...]
We are pleased to announce that Comic-BEE was selected as the Best Student Learning Aid in the 2nd Annual Innovations in Cybersecurity Education Awards from the National CyberWatch Center. The awards were announced on August 2, 2018 at the 2018 Community College Cyber Summit (3CS) at Mt. Hood Community College, in Gresham, Oregon. Built on research with educators and developed by Secure Decisions, Comic-BEE is a web application that lets educators and students design, script, storyboard, and publish branching interactive [...]