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TimestampPositionSummarize Your Thoughts...

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12/8/2009 20:01:50Instructional TechnologistStrong communication between instructional leaders and network administrators is key.

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12/8/2009 20:01:53TeacherIndividual log-ins with safety and accountability instruction is the key to educating children to navigate effectively and efficiently.

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12/8/2009 20:02:28TeacherEnemy = time. We are not given enough time on our planning days/PD sessions to either show others how important tech is, or talk about blocked sites/programs.

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12/8/2009 20:03:43District AdministratorAdministrators need to remember their ultimate goal is to educate students. Start conversations about why filters are important; most block by categories to protect networks. Tell tech folks what sites you need for education and find out the reason for the block. Sometimes it's really a mistake. Start the conversations!

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12/8/2009 20:05:27District AdministratorIf technology is the tool and learning is the driver... the importantance of the technologies will begin to speak louder than the critics.

I think the discussion let's us know where we have challenges, but also how to begin to move past them.

Great topic.

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12/8/2009 20:05:47TeacherNetwork admins and IT are in charge of choosing what it takes to do the job based on what teachers say they need. NO overblocking and filtering. Principals and their teachers need to work together to inform IT what they need. And teachers need go know that they are ultimately responsible for teaching students proper use and monitor them to help guide them to be safe, responsible users of tech. Netiquette and cyberullying need to be taught.

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12/8/2009 20:06:47media directorI'm realizing that the what this new technology is bringing us is new ways to collaborate. We have to learn how to do that on and offline. Won't that make us all a little safer?

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12/8/2009 20:07:07District AdministratorThere has to be a conversation among all stakeholders. How do we/when do we protect kids? How do we teach them to be safe and monitor them as they learn? When do we and how fast do we relinquish control so they can keep themselves safe.

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12/8/2009 20:08:08Instructional TechnologistEveryone has a responsibility for student learning, in order to work as a team and collaborate on the best ways to increase student success we can't point fingers anymore and place blame. We need to sit down at the same table and start understanding each other. There are legitimate concerns and needs on both sides. We need to compromise and collaborate in order to do what is best for students.
That will involve getting IT staff and educators to understand each other and respect each others ideas. When we started making instructional decisions, and not strictly IT decisions our district started to move more towards instructional technology.

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12/8/2009 20:08:16Teacher, Instructional Technologist, School AdministratorMore work needs to be done to create digital citizens! Students, teachers, and parents. I think the key to lowering firewalls is just this. Good digital citizens mean no need for firewalls! Quit giving the power to non-educator tech leaders in districts.

Teachers can walk the talk and provide students with the knowledge to be good digital citizens. But we don't have the policy making power to make the decisions effecting students.

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12/8/2009 20:08:56Instructional TechnologistThis is an instructional issue that must come before all curriculum department heads. It’s not the tech department’s duty to drive instruction! Individual student logins and strictly enforced AUPs, plus solid digital citizenship program would allow for complete integration of Web 2.0 and social networking tools.

I am on the district strategic planning committee for our district and it's an eye-opening experience. We have a very forward thinking technology director and some curriculum department heads that are light-years behind in vision. If it doesn't come from the top down, how can we expect any true change?

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12/8/2009 20:11:09District AdministratorWe are all learning. We come from different perspectives and experiences. As a district admin, my role is to inquire, teach, model, share, advocate, learn, and lead.

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12/8/2009 20:15:04LibrarianOur school system is quite restrictive. YouTube, for example, is blocked, preventing students' exposure to valuable media, and the only way around it is to convert the file using another program, e.g., Zamzar, from a home computer. We have also had problems accessing the book review social networking sites like Goodreads and Shelfari. My belief is that students need to learn to navigate the potential dangers of the online environment. I always give an internet safety lesson before embarking on using a website like Shelfari, and also engage the parents by informing them of our plans and having them sign a permission form.

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12/8/2009 20:17:50lmsenemies? decision makers are trying to do what they think is best for kids and trying to avoid "waves" Probs r entrenched with system and generation of people that are afraid of rapid change. Historically, any tech advancement has taken time for people and policy to make necessary changes to keep up. Hopefully this new advance will settle in before I retire in 10 years.

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12/8/2009 20:20:05Teacher, Director of StudiesBalancing the two needs can come through the use of filtering. However, filtering alone is useless. It's only through education, consciousness awareness, monitoring and use that such balance will exist. Teachers have to do their share by monitoring, and IT has to do their share by monitoring as well. Nevertheless, we should never forget prevention is better than cure. Use of free software, such as www.opendns.org may help immensely.

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12/8/2009 20:43:47CFF Coach District is very afraid of liability - and doesn't even want to venture into the possibility of a lawsuit or complaint with anything dealing with a website or technology.

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Would love to see the results of this survey. Will you post ?

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12/8/2009 20:52:01TeacherI think that we need to teach students personal responsibility and ethical use of the Internet. We're not doing them any favors by having a super restricted, database only searches when they get to HS or college they won't know effective searching or Googling strategies.

I must say I find the tone of Tom Whitby's tweets at times strident, pompous, & arrogant. Please don't tell us what to do - ASK. Don't Tell us to join your Ning, suggest. I've also noticed he has a "clique" of favorites that he RT's or even acknowledges. Just MHO

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12/8/2009 21:06:47Curriculum coordinatorWe all need progressive net admins that understand education. I would not work in a district that blocked me like a student or was restrictive to my teaching.

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12/8/2009 22:54:58TeacherEnemies of network administration: hackers, viruses and worms.

I think we need to have teachers, parents network admin and admin work together. Trick is getting parents together with the other groups without intimidating them and having everyone understand where each is coming from, want to help students learn.

The teacher needs to be both the crusader and a gentle pursuader to make sure everything keeps moving towards the "least restrictive environment" to steal a phrase from special education.

My district would fall in the middle of the spectrum. That is because there has been a lot of hard determined arguing and gentle persuasion.

I think this issue is extremely important and will need to be sincerely addressed in PD, conferences, staff meetings and in some case union meetings and grievances to bring this to the “least restrictive” web 2.0/social environment. Anything that can be done towards this end will help even the most restricted areas.