Just sat through most of the “discussion” on filtering policies. Good/interesting discussion. My take:
- “Policies” vary across districts. Some have very stringent AUPs that go well beyond CIPA (for example). One participant spoke about a “mature” AUP that trusts kids and teachers to do the right thing. They treat “bad” sites like bad books or posters. Those are individual situations to be dealt with when they happen.
- Lots of frustration. Many LEPs block social networking sites because they are “open.” From a leadership standpoint, that’s an understandable approach even if it’s not the most pedagogically sound.
- Conversations need to happen between leaders, teachers, community, etc. I believe everyone can get along as long as the dialogue is ongoing and educators are treated like professionals. There ARE ways to keep kids away from “bad” stuff and to also allow teachers to work with the kids to get where they need to go.
Good start to NECC and EBC.