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Steve Ransom

Students Find Ways to Thwart Facebook Bans - NYTimes.com - 17 views

  • But schools persist. “We know there is no education in social networking,” said Ken Sanders, the principal of a middle school in Michigan that has one of the firmest bans: students can work only on computers provided by the school, and cellphones are banned, too, since smartphones can’t be blocked on schools’ systems. “Kids should be in school to learn, so we have a system that blocks all personal access,” he said.
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      A common sentiment for many. Kids need to learn how to resist the urge to get distracted and use Internet services for personal reasons. This is no different for adults! We all need to learn to resist things that distract us from the current task/goal at hand. However, to simply ban this doesn't help anyone learn digital social and coping skills necessary for success beyond the school walls.
Steve Ransom

Blocking the Future (AASA) - 14 views

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    Great commentary by Scott McLeod
Melissa Smith

open thinking » Freedom Sticks For The Classroom - 21 views

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    How to get aruond your school's fire walls by using a flash drive.
Ruth Howard

Meta matters » New report on site blocking and Web 2.0 - 0 views

  • focusing on Web 2.0 and site blocking in schools, has just been released. The report looks at identifying and overcoming barriers associated with site blocking with regards to Web 2.0 services.
  • Key findings include: Web 2.0 provides rich opportunities for teaching and learning Site blocking is a necessary and key component of every school’s overall cyber-safety strategy Cyber-safety concerns head the list of barriers to the adoption of Web 2.0 in Schools Current Site blocking methods are blunt instruments when applied to Web 2.0 sites Unblocking Web 2.0 sites must be done within a clear policy framework Teachers need professional learning support in order to effectively use Web 2.0 in teaching and learning.
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    Dear admin New Australian Reports on Collaboration and Site blocking by schools make recommendations for enabling web 2.0 for learning...
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