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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. > From: Matt Kuhn <email@example.com> > > Most businesses do not filter sites like Google Apps, pbworks, epals > blogs, streaming video, learning games like > http://www.dimensionu.com/math, etc. We are not talking about gambling > or porn sites. Those should and do get blocked. Like I and others have > said, sanction the few teachers that misbehave and give the others the > power to educate with the best the modern world has to offer. > > > 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 > firstname.lastname@example.org > http://www.mcrel.org > > From: Joe Frost <Joe.Frost@phoenixchristian.org> >> >> Need a valid argument for not providing an Internet override for >> employees/teachers? Okay: "How many Fortune 500 businesses provide this >> >> service as part of their better business practices?" We are, after all, >> >> attempting to prepare students for successful participation in the >> global >> marketplace, so let's look at business trends. >> >> And if anyone is angry over needing a plan before moving forward with a >> project, LOL, well, good luck - again, you wouldn't get far in business, >> >> so why are you suggesting it's appropriate in education? >> >> Joe >> --- 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