Would You Please Block?

Bud Hunt, Bud the Teacher, Oct 06, 2009
Commentary by Stephen Downes

Here's an article you should probably clip and save for people who want you to blog websites in schools. "What we've decided is that we will no longer use the web filter as a classroom management tool. Blocking one distraction doesn't solve the problem of students off task – it just encourages them to find another site to distract them. Students off task is not a technology problem – it's a behavior problem." Meanwhile, from Teach Paperless, "Last week a Twitter Pal told me, 'You should have seen our district's librarians cheering because they got Wikipedia blocked.' To which I responded, 'You should have walked into each library, grabbed all those World Books and Britannicas, and set fire to them in the parking lot. Same thing.'"
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