Do As I Say…
I was involved in a revealing exchange about how schools view the internet recently. I still don’t know whether to laugh or cry…
A friend (Hi Stephen!) contacted me about some online resources for English and asked if I could suggest any. Inevitably, he mentioned my last post and the discussion going on on the Education2020 wiki about filtering/blocking/censorship… Ironically, this was the reason he had got in touch as he wanted some revision sites and resources that he could recommend to pupils to access at home because they were blocked at school (I’ve posted some of them on my school’s website if you want some ideas!)
Even better, he told me that they would be included in a school study and revision booklet to be provided to the pupils in the run up to their exams.
My question to him was simple: where do I stand if I recommend a site for pupils to access at home when the same site is blocked in school? Am I liable for any content they view? If a site is unsuitable for school use, can I honestly and in good faith, ask pupils to view it at home?
Apparently, the answer to this particular quandary is for the teacher to exercise their professional judgement in recommending a site. Honest. That is what my friend was told when he raised the same question I did.
If the decision is to be based on the teachers professional judgement, then why can the teacher not make that judgement in the classroom in the first place?
I was going to finish with a pithy comment, but I think you can all write your own punchlines! Anyway, I have to get ready for my first visit to BETT09. Hopefully I’ll see some of you at TeachMeet or in the exhibitions… I’ll be the man with the “Content-Keeper Says No!” t-shirt.