I am not sure how Open DNS is going to implement this, but they have contact MEMS and in order to use it for a school you are suppost to buy the enterprise level.  I think they saw us because we had over 500 clients using it. We still use it on student machines for their at home solution, but we also have a sonic wall at school.

- Amanda 

On Wed, Aug 1, 2012 at 11:00 AM, Bryan Thompson <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
Opendns (www.opendns.com) is free unless you want to pay for a few nice features. Simply configure the web page to what types of pages you want to filter and configure your router / firewall accordingly. We use an appliance called an 8e6 which allows much more configuration, override accounts, support with open directory, and more.


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Winooski School District
60 Normand Street
Winooski, VT 05404

On Wed, Aug 1, 2012 at 10:35 AM, Bill Clark <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

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


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


Bill Clark

Austine School

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Subject: Re: On Filtering


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]> wrote:

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

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