This is NOT quite the SAME topic, but sort of related...
I read an EXCELLENT blog post today about FREEDOM and RESPONSIBILITY and WEB2.0 and ONE to ONE intiatives that was good food for thought. Thought I'd share it with all of us who are struggling to find the balance between freedom and responsibility and web2.0 tool.
It's a long post... but here is an excerpt that sums up some of the thoughts that caught my attention in this post...
"The best thing about Beacon is that we have really empowered kids. The worst thing about Beacon is that we have really empowered kids. So, when the moment comes, and that student says, 'Excuse me, Mr. Lehmann? Your lecture today, a bit teacher-centric, don't you think?' before you decide to clobber the child, remember that the same student was at school until 7:00 pm the night before, working, building, creating, practicing, performing... and realize that both actions stem from a sense of empowerment, belonging and ownership of their school." And I've said that same thing to every teacher at SLA because nothing is a panacea, and sometimes, even the empowerment that we instill in our students can cross the line into entitlement, no matter how much we preach about the balance of freedom and responsibility."
Food for thought...
Dansguardian has options for "forcing" google safe search. Not sure if
it can do others. We have not tried it yet.
From: School Information Technology Discussion
[mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Steve Jarrett
Sent: Friday, December 08, 2006 1:02 PM
To: [log in to unmask]
Subject: images, streaming and filtering
Chittenden East Supervisory Union has an effective Internet content
filter, SurfControl. However, we are unable to filter image searches.
We want to leave open image searches, but with moderate filtering.
People can, and do, easily turn off the moderate filter in Google.
a. white-listing in our server the moderately filtered search of Google
s while black-listing the other types, but the url fluctuates too much
to make the approach effective.
b. using other "safe" sites, but have found none that are satisfactory
for our purposes.
Has anyone come up with a satisfactory image filtering method?
Is there a master list of "safe" sites that someone has compiled?
We block sites like youtube.com during the day, and tell teachers to
save them after school for later use. However, many educationally
appropriate sites, for example CNN, have video streams. Does anyone
have an efficient way to avoid clogging the bandwidth while making
available appropriate streaming during the day? Is any technology on
the horizon to help schools?
District Technology Coordinator
Chittenden East Supervisory Union
(802) 899 - 4690 X502
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