Contrary to what seems to be a popular belief those two machines in the back of most DOE classrooms are learning tools and not just portholes to the evils of the modern world. The city of
I am far from the only person using YouTube to further the education horizon of our students. The
Ironically the first day YouTube was blocked by the DOE was also the same day that I electronically received “EdUtopia’s spiral notebook blog” where this month’s topic is the value of YouTube.com to the classroom teacher.
Falling off the technology wave now will be something we as educators will not recover from anytime soon. We are setting up a divide between the relevance of the classroom with the outside world. School should be a place where students can learn to safely navigate the world, both real and virtual.
The Filter is bad for education.
If some teachers feel uncomfortable allowing the outside world into their classroom I am not saying they should be thrust into reality with some help, however limiting the valuable resources to Web 2.0 publishing outlets has too many ripple effects.
The city’s internet protection policy:
To protect the public school students from unwarranted Internet websites with content deemed inappropriate, content filtering policies are used at the school level as well as system-wide to prevent against unwarranted Internet websites. To further protect the DOE network’s functionality from unwarranted malicious Internet attacks intrusion detection and monitoring systems are in place for threat mitigation. The latest network security technologies are deployed utilizing secure protocols to further strengthen and eliminate threats against the organization’s network assets.
Who gets to deem websites inappropriate? Once deemed inappropriate how can this be reversed?
The problem is not YouTube.com, blocking it will only force myself as well as others to use goolevideo.com or yahoovideo.com. I just feel that teaching my students a way around an internet filter is an extreme waste of a history teacher’s time. I supposed we had problems accepting the use of the ballpoint pen when it was first introduced in 1935.