Filtering education

The noise in the media and from teachers about the NSW Dept Education and Training filtering system, is getting louder. Stephen Downes, Jacinta Gascoigne, Techdirt, Mike Seyfang are all picking up on it from OS. Most teachers we talk with are intensely annoyed by a system that deprives sensible access within the DET network. Teacher Paul Ganderton in a listserv comment “Now I’m just red-hot angry and so safer…” Last week a primary student said to me “why do they bother blocking instead of monitoring?” The situation though is also becoming an equity issue between a State system which is in protection mode and a private schools which have a much more liberated policy-acknowledging the risks but dealing with them on a local level.


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I'm a currently working at NSW Departrment of Education & Training, Connected Classrooms Program, Sydney.
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2 Responses to Filtering education

  1. Not to worry, though. My coverage of the story set off all the filters at Education Queensland again, making sure t was not read by teacher or student anywhere in the state,

  2. Chris ONeal says:

    Hi Stephen,
    I feel your pain. I travel the U.S. doing lots of leadership workshops in technology for administrators, and we’re facing similar issues. I have been collecting bits of anecdotal research about the difference between students who have monitored access, and those who are simply blocked. I share stories, and use scenarios with our leaders, in hopes to open their eyes a bit about this whole lockdown mentality. I really feel like things are going to come to a head this coming school year with this. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on here – I enjoy the blog.
    ~Chris O’Neal

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