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Amy, it is great to hear a response from a teacher. Your ideas are very logical and reasonable. If there are other teachers out there, let's hear from you. Sincerely, Matt Kuhn Lead Consultant Mid-continent Research for Education and Learning (McREL) 4601 DTC Blvd., Suite 500 Denver, CO 80237-2596 P: 303.632.5628 F: 303.337.3005 email@example.com http://www.mcrel.org > From: Amy Deshane <firstname.lastname@example.org> > > As a teacher, I don't feel that my MAIN goal is to prepare students for > what > they may experience in the workforce. I am helping my students to be > critical thinkers, problem solvers, and discriminating researchers. > Being > able to deviate from lesson plans to follow their questions and thought > processes helps me with that goal. Having the ability to quickly find > resources and access them allows for us to continue to learn and ask > more > questions. I've worked in schools where YouTube was blocked. Having a > password to override the filter for 15 minutes allows me to share > something > great on YouTube without having the whole site unblocked, and without > bothering people to check it out and confirm that I'm selecting > something > educationally sound, or whatever (and if it wasn't, the word would > spread > very quickly!). > > Teachers are professionals. We are doing our best. Sometimes even the > most > perfectly-planned classes go off-course, perhaps with questions from > students, or when students need more or less time to understand a > concept. > It's nice to be able to shift into something new or use further > resources to > review, without having to submit requests, several days in advance, to > unblock sites. If I have a password for the filter, I can easily do > that. > I can confirm that the site I'm planning to use is appropriate, share > it, > and perhaps later request that it be unblocked for further use. I'll > admit > that I've used an override for sites that, at first, seem ideal for what > I'm > doing, but upon closer inspection are not appropriate for use in the > classroom, and I am intelligent enough to choose NOT to share that site. > > Nobody is suggesting that all students have all access to the internet. > But > I see no reason why any teacher should not be able to have a password, > even > while planning at school. Sometimes I will tweet out a request for a > site > that does X or one that has information about Y, and I will get many > responses, and many are often blocked by the filter. I can't even check > them out to see if I would ever want to use them. Perhaps one or two > would > be what I'm looking for, and many would not. Requesting that all of > them be > unblocked so I can continue to plan (especially if that involves review > by a > non-educator, and then a follow-up review with administrators, WITHOUT > my > having even been able to see them first) seems a gigantic waste of time > and > potentially make me look bad if one of the sites was inappropriate. I > would > not even know that, myself! Just simply having the option to unblock > something for a few minutes to review it could save everyone a great > deal of > time. > > If I'm in a school with several grade levels, say K-8, and I am teaching > something to 8th graders, and I want to unblock a site for a class > period on > my computer, I can do so, without having everyone (anyone else!) in the > school have access to the site. Potentially, depending on the site, it > could be safer to allow it only on one teacher computer, rather than > making > it available to everyone, which seems to be the option (all or nothing) > that > we've been discussing here. --- Edtech Archives, posting guidelines and other information are at: http://www.h-net.msu.edu/~edweb Please include your name, email address, and school or professional affiliation in each posting. To unsubscribe send the following command to: LISTSERV@H-NET.MSU.EDU SIGNOFF EDTECH