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All this discussion on filters in schools has been very interesting. So much of it depends on the district. In my opinion, our district can be a bit extreme. For instance, my 8th graders can make business websites. Part of the learning process requires them to look at other business websites so they can brainstorm and get ideas about how a business site could be set up. Unfortunately, most business/shopping websites are blocked. I guess students might shop online all day instead of focus on their school work. Like that’s going to happen. They do a unit on powerful quotes and spend roughly 25% of the time getting the filter on searches that are appropriate. I encourage them to get the images at home, since I want them to finish the project in a reasonable amount of time. Those of you who have argued that it doesn’t stifle education must be working in a district that has a decent filter. I understand the dangers of total access to online material. After all, there are some very disturbing and inappropriate sites that would give most people nightmares if exposed to the content. And yes, we do need to teach them how to search responsibly. In the 7 years I have taught in my building, only 3 students to my knowledge have come across disturbing images. I thank the filter, the focus of my assignments and the cautiousness of my students for that low number. Maybe some of you might think 3 is too high. I do believe if there were no filters, that number would be much higher. I also believe that the filter needs to be altered a bit as well. Chris Clementi Middle School Computer Teacher Google Certified Teacher http://www.kidsnetsoft.com/html/home2.html twitter: kidsnetsoft --- 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