Saturday, September 05, 2009

We'd Like to But...


So maybe the next thing on Secretary Duncan's list can be to encourage schools to unblock the very tools he is encouraging us to use. Just sayin'...

6 comments:

Jim Walker said...

How great would it be if there was a Twitter stream and students could make comments during the speech, or students could log in to the White House Facebook and make comments there. Oh, I forgot they are blocked at our school.

Mr Dunk said...

I really liked your post. I tried to get MIT's portion of YouTube unblocked for use in my AP Physics class, but received a "YouTube cannot be unblocked" response. My Google Reader was blocked for a time, but my request to have it unblocked was actually honored. Perhaps the Obama administration is out of touch with the realities of modern public education?

Wade said...

Great post. The state of internet usage in education is somewhat depressing.

Over at Scott McLeod's Dangerously Irrelevant blog he makes the somewhat ironic connection that we will trust teachers with our children, but not the internet.

Joseph Thibault said...

There's another great "open letter" on this topic at http://tipline.blogspot.com/2009/09/dear-federal-dept-of-education.html.

I don't necessarily think that the administration is out of touch, rather they're trying to move things forward. Not all schools voluntarily block youtube, so there are some schools translating CIPA differently than the schools that systematically block youtube, blogger, blogs, wikis, etc.

Great post!

Jim Gates said...

Isn't this whole thing just OUTRAGEOUS? To block it even from teachers is an indefensible position and one that WILL fall. It's only a question of When, not If.

And, I honestly don't do this, but along these same lines, read this post about the Flat Classroom Project and the HUGE disconnect there is in this country: http://tipline.blogspot.com/2009/09/some-go-to-mumbai-others-cant-even-read.html

Don't get me started. :-)

Lee Kolbert said...

@Joseph
I do think they are both out of touch and they are trying to move things forward - but for political reasons. It's very "in" to be on FB and YouTube to appeal to the younger audience and I don't fault the admin for this, however it would be helpful if there was also a movement to let our school admins know that perhaps their interpretation of CIPA might be out of line. If our federal gov't is using a social video sharing network, then it can't be all evil. Thanks for commenting.