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Thank you Amy for mediating this debate and proposing a fantastically fair idea. My school has keypad locks on its exterior doors that teachers must use their passwords to open. Our copiers require use of the teacher's passcode in order to process the request. That keeps track of the budgeted number of copies each teacher makes. Keeps them to a maximum number in an effort to control costs, etc. Empowering teachers with unbarred (yet limited) access to websites so that they can spontaneously use previously reviewed websites in their lessons (without having to first research websites at home on their own time; waiting for tech to process request and unblock the site) would limit student access and simultaneously allow teachers to fully integrate technology into their instruction. Best of everyone's world!!!! Education is meant to empower, educe, and encourage divergent thinking. Amy's suggestion would accomplish all three. Thank you, Pamela Mould > 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