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Still missing the point here. Proper planning and introduction of materials applies to everything all media and materials, not just Internet. I agree that there is a tremendous lack of planning and preparation time available to teachers. I believe this stems from the common belief that all teachers have to do is lecture, and assignment work from a textbook or workbook. It is a belief that continues to hamper true educational improvement in the public schools. Perhaps changing teaching from salaried positions to billable hours may improve the situation. It is an unlikely solution. Also, in defense of those teachers that put in huge amounts of extra time, they do this because it is what it takes to do a good job. Content filtering is a tool to help them. It can provide guidance on Internet site safety because they are short of planning time and may have made a mistake in their rush to get things done. It should not be used as a crutch for poor planning anymore than its absence should be. > From: Nancy Willard <firstname.lastname@example.org> > >> From: Joe Frost <Joe.Frost@phoenixchristian.org> >> >> Teachers need lesson "PLANS" which include the Internet and testing the >> sites proactively to ensure they come up in the classroom is necessary >> because anything can happen. We expect students to do their homework, so >> we need to do ours. As the adage goes, lack of planning on one's part does >> not constitute an emergency for another. > > I am not a teacher any more, but I was. And on behalf of all teachers, this > statement really angers me - greatly! > > Teachers do not have an excessive amount of time provided to them for lesson > planning while at school. So many of them spend extra time at home and on > the weekends developing lesson plans. This is above and beyond the time they > are paid for. Then they come to school where they have no extra time > whatsoever. And the lesson they planned that they worked so hard on - that > worked fine at home - does not work because of the blasted filter. > > So it is NOT lack of planning that leads to the problem - it is the teachers > who are engaged in excess planning - are working overtime - to develop > innovative lesson plans who are most inconvenienced by the tech director's > desire for power and control. > > I do recognize the concerns that some teachers may misuse the authority to > override. But these are concerns that can be addressed through effective > planning, clear standards, a process that ensures accountability, and > appropriate consequences for those teachers who fail to abide by the > standards. The 95% of the teachers and librarians who can be counted on to > handle this authority responsibly should not be inconvenienced by the > minority who might not. > > I do recognize the concerns that some teachers may not have the technical > skills to ensure system security. So train them - insist that they gain such > skills or they are not given the authority. Start by giving the authority to > ed leadership (I know often do not have the skills - so give the authority > to their secretaries), librarians, computer lab coordinators, and the > teachers who are very active users of the Internet. Then expand from there. > > I do recognize concerns of web site credibility. But refusing to provide > override authority because of this is a bogus argument. The sites that can > be accessed when a filter is in place present just as many concerns of lack > of credibility. So this is an area that all teachers need professional > development in. And by allowing the librarians to have override authority > because they do know how to assess credibility far better than most tech > directors (unless they are also librarians). Further and more importantly, > this puts them into a position to mentor and assist the other teachers. > > It is only a matter of time before this kind of override authority is > considered absolutely appropriate and necessary. The shift is clearly in > this direction. So for those technology directors on this list who insist > that they will maintain the "control" because that is their job and too bad > what the teachers and librarians want - you will simply hold your districts > back. > > This discussion has been most enlightening - because none of the arguments > for why override authority cannot be provided are valid. All of the concerns > can be addressed through effective standards, processes, training, careful > implementation, and systems to ensure accountability. > > Nancy > > -- > Nancy Willard, M.S., J.D. > Center for Safe and Responsible Internet Use > http://csriu.org > email@example.com --- 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