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Has Your District Unblocked YouTube? Share Resources!

Has Your District Unblocked YouTube? Share Resources!

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I came across a language arts teacher on Twitter and she was looking for any districts that have unblocked YouTube.

If your district is one of those lucky districts, how did it happen? Did someone make the case and what materials/resources did they use?

Many questions --- hopefully lots of answers to come.

Please help!

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Laura Thomas
Director, Antioch University New England Center for School Renewal

Since I teach at the graduate level, I can't speak to my "district" per se, but I can certainly comment based upon my experiences in a variety of districts. I find a broad continuum of control vs. freedom where tech is concerned- some districts seem to have everything locked down to the point that it's nearly impossible to use the web, others are wide open. The difference, at least from my perspective, is the school culture. If the district stance is "people can't be trusted so we have to lock everything out to keep kids safe," the web controls align with that belief. If it leans more towards, "We trust our students and will continue to do so unless they give us reason not to and then we'll deal with those situations as they arise," well...that takes us to a different place. Good technology use policies, clear expectations around technology use, quality training for teachers where web 2.0 tools are concerned- all of that goes towards making a block/ don't block conversation irrelevant.

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