I know this may have been mentioned before, but, sometimes the reason for blocking is not philosophical, but due to limited band width. We struggle with how much to encourage teachers to use the Web 2.0 Tools vs. how much band width will be sucked up. When our access slows down to a crawl, those great lessons aren't worth much to anyone. Case in point: I tried to use Google Apps Presentation tool with seventh graders this year - teacher was excited about it, kids were at first, until everything slowed to a crawl. Some of the kids gave up and used alternative tools - i.e. PowerPoint and e-mailing files back and forth to each other!
It would be wonderful if all of our classrooms could stream video at the same time, but it isn't going to happen in the near future. Our talented tech people are doing the best they can with limited financial resources. Yes, that is a different philosophical discussion (putting money into tech - better bandwidth for us is tens of thousands of dollars), but one that seems to be a losing battle for us. And, I learned during my first year, ten years ago, that our supervisory union is one that is caught between the cracks when it comes to funding: too "rich" to get grants, too "poor" (or, possibly, unwilling - another discussion) to support huge amounts of money for improvement in our tech resources.
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>>> Lucie deLaBruere <[log in to unmask]> 07/13/09 7:35 AM >>>
Enjoyed and retweeted the article.
As a strong advocate for digital equity, I'm starting to add
'filtering' philsophy to the list of digital equity causes we need to
address, along with gender, poverty, broadband access, and teacher's tech
Teaching a grad class on 21st century teaching and learning and have a group
of teachers from a school where almost all the tools we are using are
blocked, including our class Ning, and even Teacher tube.
Thanks for sharing the article
On Sat, Jul 11, 2009 at 1:49 PM, Shannon Walters <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> Interesting article regarding school internet filters in this Washington
> Post oped.
> What do you think?
> Shannon Walters
> Library Media Specialist
> C.P. Smith School
> Burlington, Vermont 05408
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> (802) 864-2228
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