My school district has finally been able to distinguish a teacher from a student, at least in terms of their online access.
We recently received an e-mail explaining that teachers would be able to access previously blocked sites (i.e. YouTube and many blogs) for educational purposes. In order to get this access, teachers will have to sign a form explaining they understand what “Acceptable Use” and “Educational Purposes” mean.
The district is responding to staff requests for increased access privileges. At this time, the district will provide access to the previously blocked resources of YouTube and external blogging. The district will open additional resources that are identified and approved for educational purposes.
To be clear, Websense (our internet filter) will still be in place. When teachers come upon a site that is blocked through Websense, they will be able to pass through – offering them a gentle reminder that there is reasonable cause to have the site blocked in the first place.
Under the district’s interpretation of CIPA, students will not be granted this level of access.
Finally, I feel like a professional who can make decisions about what should and shouldn’t be used in the classroom.