One of the items on the agenda was a discussion of the benefits of youtube and the requirements of CIPA (Children's Internet Protection Act). Below is the presentation I wish we had been given:
"I want to thank the board for making the bold move to support our efforts to implement IPADS (and IROCK) into the classroom. At times this is overwhelming as we try to find new and improved ways of educating our children. Our task is to change our management style to incorporate the tools our students need for the world of today. We appreciate your patience.
We realize that IPADS are just a tool, and that we have to empower our staff and teachers to find innovative ways of utilizing this tool to improve education. A lot of those ways are going to be with content found on the internet. Content that is currently blocked by our firewall, CISCO ASA. For example, youtube (#3 most visited web site) sites such as; Spangler Science; Ted-ED; Youtube for schools; University classes from Berkeley, Stanford and MIT; NASA and; Khan Academy to name a few.
But right now, our teachers are overwhelmed. The thought of opening up youtube to a class full of students is scary, and quite frankly, it's scary to our technology folks as well. We don't know if our network can handle the load and as administrators, we don't want to force something on our teachers before they are ready. However, as keepers of our taxpayer investment, at a time with reduced state budgets and widening achievement gap between rich and poor, we cannot afford to turn away from a free source of credible education tools (over 500,000).
We need to be gate keepers, not road blocks, supportive and not authoritative. We need to be in a position to be responsive when the time is right - and all this needs to be covered in policy. We'd like for the board to consider the policy revision below: