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In the classroom: Nebraska GenCyber Camp at UNO

Posted at 9:50 AM, Jun 28, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-28 10:50:34-04

Right now there are more than  260,000 cyber security positions open nationally.  Recently, a two week long Nebraska GenCyber camp was held at UNO and Bellevue University. 

Paul Wright a web design teacher at Bennington High School is one of a dozen teachers who took part in the camp.  He says he learned some helpful info he can share with his students come fall, including how to spot a phishing attempt.  

"We can help them take the content and relate it to their curriculum and build lesson plans and stuff like this," said Nebraska GenCyber program director Matt Hale. 

Matt Hale says learning to be a good digital citizen is another lesson taught at camp.  Wright says he is always reiterating this to his students.

"You leave a footprint. So anytime you go and surf the web and post something on Instagram or Snapchat you are leaving a footprint of who you are and where you are going and what you are doing," said Hale. 

Hale says on top of them getting great teaching tools, he hopes the teacher's new found excitement about cyber security transfers to their students.

"I want to see kids smile and I want to see kids hyped up and interested in what we do here.  We can get them interested in a career they may not have thought of before," said Hale. 

The free camp is two weeks long.  The first week just educators participate and in the second week students join the teachers.