I am interested in the "cost nothing to implement" .we currently filter
using an annual subscription through SonicWall..this expires March of next


Should we contact Open DNS directly ? Does this require an agent ? 


Bill Clark

Austine School

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I use OpenDNS to block the minimum amount.   There are two reasons that
filtering must be in place in schools.  First, is for accidental or
purposeful misuse (like porn) and second is bandwidth constraints, which I
have Youtube open, but have had to remind the school every few months not to
use it for background music or I will block it.  These two reasons fulfill
e-rate requirements and cost nothing to implement.    


There is a third reason and that is unmanageable distraction.   This is
where things get hazy between responsible internet use and classroom
management.    Facebook is a classic example of this.  If classroom
innovation and fair use adoption (not just teaching but actual adoption on
the students part) can keep up then sites like facebook is a great thing.
But too often the innovation is much slower than misuse which makes the app
unmanageable to a classroom teacher.   This is what happened at MSJ when I
opened up Facebook.    For these types of tools we need to find a middle
ground that can carry over.   Like teaching social networking skills in a
LMS and explain to students how their communication online carries over to
their facebook type accounts.


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On Tue, Jul 31, 2012 at 7:04 AM, Heather Chirtea <[log in to unmask]>

On Filtering....
I wish I had a dime for every time a kid walked out of a school that had a
filter, went down the street to an open network, and got into trouble. We
don't advocate for filters except for very young kids. You need to teach
responsible internet usage and let the kids make mistakes in the safe
environment of the school.  It's the school's responsibility to craft a
culture of safe internet practice.  Keep away, keep safe, keep telling. 

This extends to the home. If you are sending computers home, you are taking
on a responsibility to educate the parents too.  The parents will appreciate
it.  Most don't know that they should only allow computer usage in common
areas in the home (i.e. kids with computers behind closed doors are where
most problems begin!)

Avoiding the problem by implementing complex filters (which don't work by
the way - kids always circumvent them) puts the responsibility on the IT
department, rather in the hands of the teachers, parents, and the kids -
where it belongs.  The world we live in has open networks and kids know
where they are :)

All the best,
Heather Chirtea

Digital Wish, Executive Director 
PO Box 1072, Manchester Center, VT 05255
P: 802-549-4571, F: 845-402-7242, C: 802-379-3000

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