Banning Web 2.0 tools and by the Murrumbidgee

Thanks to David for sending a comment on the previous posting. This raises the issue of whether we as the teacher librarian community can persuade our school managers to allow access to Web 2.0 tools such as Flickr or YouTube – or at least to particular parts of these sites. There’s a good introduction to Web 2.0 in a PowerPoint by Ken Price in which he mentions the problems of potentially educational uses of Web 2.0 being thwarted by administrators. In some ways, this is understandable as schools have to be wary of extremists in their community who tend to see evil lurking in technologies which students use themselves outside school. A better approach might be to try to ask an administrator to provide access to a particular set of photos on Flickr or a particular YouTube  video and if the world doesn’t come to a sudden end when students view this, then perhaps this might lead to further access. Give it a try.

As I’ve noted before, walking along the Murrumbidgee River in Wagga Wagga is one of life’s great pleasures and going after work when the sun is low in the sky and the gum trees show off their complex colours, is particularly soothing. There are also a range of bird species – like the one below – some of which flit noiselessly from tree to tree while others, like the cockatoos, scream at each other. The heron in the picture is an epitomy of calm. So a Herring watching a Heron waiting for fish.

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2 Responses to “Banning Web 2.0 tools and by the Murrumbidgee”

  1. Meg Says:

    James – there’s so many places online to share images and video, and not all of them are blocked by school networks. I take the sneaky route, and use the alternatives!

  2. Rhondda Says:

    We have a number of Creative Commons sound sites that have been stopped by the CEO. This is frustrating because we are trying to teach the students ethical use of the internet. Students understand the issues when we discuss why Creative Commons exists and are quite happy/prefer to ethically obtain and use information. To overcome this, we have created sound libraries, to fit in with various tasks, on our intranet to help students find appropriate sound/music.
    What I find amusing is that is is easier for them to get to copyright material rather than Creative Commons material at school. It is almost as though we condone unethical habits

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