A Sticking Plaster Mentality to Open Web Access in Schools

Tom Barrett, Ed Tech, Jan 11, 2012
Commentary by Stephen Downes

Tom Barrett writes, with some justification, "Just before Christmas Google announced the YouTube for Schools platform, which runs through a schools Google Apps for Edu account, allowing students to access selected content. In a week where the focus is on the changes of ICT curriculum I am concerned that the wider debate around open web access in schools will be once again lost." The service is merely "sticking plaster" over the wider issues, especially as children run home after school and access the open YouTube. "I would like to think that using this version of YouTube in schools will make teaching colleagues question why it is in place and broaden their understanding and appreciation for the filters we put in place, but I worry it will simply be swallowed as is."
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