My school district has been adding some infrastructure to a facility for support offices recently, and our network team noticed some serious spikes in WiFi use after hours at the sites. A few years ago, we implemented a very easy to use public network for any guest or personal machine in our schools to be […]Read More Turn It Off, or Turn It Up?
In today’s podcast, recorded during my drive home from ISTE’s final activities, I talk a bit about Tuesday and Wednesday of the conference. There’s talk of the filtering panel I was fortunate to get to sit on, Howard Rheingold’s resources on crap detection, and also some of my thinking about how we must work to […]Read More The Podcast: ISTE 2010 Final Brain Dump
Ever since we opened up lots more of the Internet in our school district earlier this year, the district has received several requests from teachers and other staff to block resources that are distractions in the classroom. I’ve written a stock response to those requests that I thought might be worth sharing. It’s my hope […]Read More Would You Please Block?
I’m enjoying the review of the week’s tweets that I am basically assigning myself to read. Looking at the weekly post is a way to review my thinking over that time, and now posting a tweet is also writing a short note to myself that I’ll read the following week. Here’s one from the other […]Read More For Vicki – An Expanded Tweet
This morning, Darren mentioned that he’s decided to block Facebook in his school district. To his credit, he then asked: Nonetheless, I’m as sure as you are that this is a debate far from over, and therefore maintain a stance of open inquiry into whether or not we’re doing the right thing. So give it […]Read More The Filter. For the Moment.
Clay Burell’s challenged me (or tagged me, or whatever) to engage a meme that he’s passing along. I might. I’m bad about memes. I don’t mean to be. (And I am thinking about a good passion quilt image and will post one. Eventually. Thanks to all who tagged me.) But I did want to encourage […]Read More Reading Balance
I always hate being at technology conferences that focus too much on tools and not enough on learning. I’m pleased that this conference wasn’t one of them. I attended one "tools focus" session, and that seems like the right ratio for me this conference. Over the past three days, I’ve had […]Read More The Rest of My Whispering on Textbooks
Chris wrote a post today about the perils of using third-party services for hosting content: in two clicks, he or she has seen images of a rave party with suspected drug use, and if he or she clicks on the home page, we see anything from a caricature of Bruce Willis […]Read More When Does Individual Responsibility Kick In?
Good news from my hometown school district. Jason writes: I’m actually sitting at my computer at school writing this post. My district FINALLY decided to unblock Blogger for educational purposes. They used my TOK blog as evidence for its usefulness and they finally agreed… so now you are free as PSD teachers to […]Read More A Small Victory
I have a hunch that 8e6 Technologies, the group that filters our school area’s Internet, recently decided that Google Video is "R Rated." I noticed that the site became blocked here a few days ago. YouTube has been blocked, for the same reason, for a while. Dear 8e6, please remove those […]Read More Hunch