Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Kids too?

Tom Hoffman recently posted What are the Big Problems in Ed-Tech? - a succinct distillation of three big issues. This is my favorite:
Out of control web filtering. Again, what's the doctrine? There seem to be no professional guidelines. We've got a situation akin to letting the clerks in the purchasing department decide whether or not the books ordered by teachers and librarians are acceptable.

Yesterday afternoon I submitted a request to have a site unblocked from school. The author had quoted a couple of my kids on her blog and had left comments on their blogs to give them a heads up. I indicated this in my unblock request. This morning, 16 hours later, I got a response saying that my "teacher" computer should already have access to that site, and did I want my "students to access it?"

I answered yes, please.

Twenty-four hours after the request went in, after I sent a reminder that it was still not open, the site was unblocked for my kids. Of course the school day was over...

Good grief.


Anonymous said...

Sounds like "situation normal" in districts around the country Mark. I'm very lucky to have a team of people that I know and trusts my judgement in asking for content to be unblocked...there's usually a 1 1/2 day turnaround, probably due to red tape issues, but it gets done eventually.

Anonymous said...

This is exactly the same situation that we face in Scotland.

The system seems to be unable to recognise that agility matters. Sometimes 20 minutes is not quick enough.