I'd like an idiocy filter, please
Scott McLeod, J.D., Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Educational Leadership at the University of Kentucky. He also is the Founding Director of the UCEA Center for the Advanced Study of Technology Leadership in Education (CASTLE), the nation’s only academic center dedicated to the technology needs of school administrators, and was a co-creator of the wildly popular video series, Did You Know? (Shift Happens). He has received numerous national awards for his technology leadership work, including recognitions from the cable industry, Phi Delta Kappa, and the National School Boards Association. In Spring 2011 he was a Visiting Canterbury Fellow at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand. Dr. McLeod blogs regularly about technology leadership issues at Dangerously Irrelevant and Mind Dump, and occasionally at The Huffington Post. He can be reached at scottmcleod.net.
I received the e-mail below from yet another
person who can't access my blog at school
. How is CASTLE supposed to help school
administrators kickstart their schools into the 21st century if they can't even
read one of our primary communication channels?
The idea that all blogs should be categorically blocked - that NOT A SINGLE
ONE of the over 100 million blogs out there might have something important or
relevant to educators - is both ludicrous and shameful. This type of blocking is
not required by CIPA and it's just plain dumb (see also I don't
like Internet filters).
I read your "D.I." (a constant reminder just in those
two words), but I am unable to click through from school (as I tried today). You
must be so dangerous that I really shouldn't even be reading you to begin with
(tongue in cheek).
The atomic-bomb-to-kill-flea net filter that is used
here blocks anything in the "web log" area. I am dangerous as well, since my own
blogger rants about soccer are blocked.
My other item to vent with you
about is the school's new wi-fi network - it is completely blocked from student
use (around 15 teachers use it daily). They spent a lot of money on it, and then
locked it up so no one could use it. As you suggest many times in D.I., it is
easy to become irrelevant - I have seen a few Iphone users on campus that don't
even need wi-fi. And when I even slightly suggest to the tech guys that blocking
access may not be trusting the students enough, they circle the wagons quickly
and become very defensive.
Did I mention that teachers are not allowed
access to any networked drive for fear of student access and destruction of
I'm sure you have heard of much worse, so I will stop.
if you didn't know, you are a troublemaker according to my school. ;-)
Keep up the good work.
I plan to read some of your longer
writings this weekend where my own wi-fi network is completely
Teachers that aren't allowed access to any networked drives. An
expensive Wi-Fi investment that no one can use. Who is steering the ship here?
How can this district's administrators possibly show their face to their
community and justify how they have used taxpayer money? This is horrible.
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