NSA Day of Cyber Quickstart

Important Note for Teachers:

You should preview the NSA Day of Cyber before running it with your class. You can easily do this from your dashboard by switching to Student Mode using the menu item beneath your login name at the top-right corner of your dashboard.

Getting Started in the Classroom

  • There are 3 simple steps for successfully running the NSA Day of Cyber experience.
  • Start by getting your students excited about the activity! Ask what they want to be doing when they graduate. Explain how cyber touches everything and impacts almost every business sector. Share the jobs reports on opportunities in cybersecurity.
  • Ideally, each student will use their own computer, navigate through the NSA Day of Cyber journeys, select their favorite mentors, and watch/listen to exciting videos of those mentors telling their stories. If you don't have enough computers, try pairing students up.
  • If you have problems with computers or network, try showing the videos at the front of the class and go through the experience together as a class. Be creative!
  • Each student should individually log in to the LifeJourney platform and register using the Student Registration Key located on your dashboard. Click the small icon next to the Student Registration Key on your dashboard to show the login URL and key in a convenient pop-up window.
  • Students then begin a 45-minute, self-run and self-paced online experience guided by the NSA mentors. When complete, students are able to continue onward to download their Cyber Resume, and then earn their Day of Cyber Certificate by exploring additional NSA mentor journeys, and running an exciting cyber challenge.

Planning Your Technology Needs

  • Schedule your Day of Cyber day, week, or month. Decide when your school/ class/ organization will launch the NSA Day of Cyber and email the dates to the NSA Day of Cyber Team so your school can be added to the national calendar.
  • Classroom time allocation for the NSA Day of Cyber introductory session is approximately 45 minutes. When complete, additional (optional) activities are present in the student dashboards to allow further exploration of NSA Mentor journeys and cyber challenges, as directed by the instructor.
  • Make sure you have good Internet access, as you will need that to access NSA Day of Cyber content, particularly the videos and cyber exercises. See this document to check the computers and network.
  • Compatible browsers should be installed on your computer. Google Chrome is preferred, but the latest versions of Safari, Internet Explorer, and Mozilla Firefox are also appropriate. (Internet Explorer 8 or 9 will not work.)
  • Students should use headphones to best experience the exciting audio/video material presented on the NSA Day of Cyber platform.

Instructor's Dashboard

  • The Instructor Dashboard is your personal home page for planning, running, monitoring, and reporting progress of students in your class or program.
  • When it comes time for you to run the NSA Day of Cyber in your classroom, just copy the Student Registration Key (see area #1 in the image below) and provide it to your students when they log in to register at https://prod.lifejourney.us (Click the small icon next to the Student Registration Key to show the login URL and key in a convenient pop-up window.)
  • You may generate reports that reflect the number of participating students, their demographic breakdown, the top selected NSA Mentor, and other important metrics.
  • Students may be monitored, grouped, organized and reported in the My Students tab.
  • Numerous lesson plans are located in the Class Materials tab, providing helpful recommendations for use in facilitating classroom discussion, lab exercises, and homework on relevant cyber topics.
  • The Journeys tab allows you view all NSA journeys and materials in advance of your NSA Day of Cyber class activities.

Instructor Guide (PDF)

Download this take away Getting Started Guide for Instructors avaliable in PDF format. The guide allows easy access to information that's contained in this web page, plus additional information that is usefull for Instructors while running the experience in the classroom.

Getting Started Guide for Instructors (300 KB)

Running the NSA Day of Cyber

The NSA Day of Cyber is a self-run and self-paced online experience guided by an NSA mentor in the platform. Student involvement is in two “parts”:

  • Part 1 is usually conducted in the classroom and takes approximately 45 minutes. Students will meet the NSA Cyber Team, run the first Cyber Challenge, and generate their Cyber Resume.
  • Part 2 involves students’ continuation of the experience from their dashboard, as homework or as ongoing activities in the classroom. Students will explore four additional NSA journeys and run the Cyber Challenge, which will collectively take about two hours and should be completed within 2-3 weeks. Students will then be able to download their NSA Day of Cyber Certificate of Completion which, along with the Cyber Resume, is a significant indication of their achievement and a tool for your ongoing use with them in the classroom.

You should preview the NSA Day of Cyber before running it with your class. Just switch to Student Mode using the menu showing your name at the top-right corner of your dashboard.

Reporting

Your Instructor Dashboard enables you to easily produce reports of participating students, demographic breakdowns, top selected NSA Mentors, and additional useful metrics. Tabs for generating, displaying and printing these reports are located at the bottom of your dashboard. Here is an example report