BYOB is not just convenient, it can mean survival in the 21st century educational technology and information landscape. After trying to pull up my workshop curriculum and handouts site today at the school where I’m presenting 4 workshops this morning, I was greeted by the following screen:After trying 1 more time to reach the root domain of pbwiki and trying to access Flickr once, appently a network “3 strikes and you’re out” rule was applied to my DHCP address on the network and I received this lovely greeting for the morning:The website’s explanation for this BAN from all Internet access is the following:
This Workstation Temporarily Suspended for Abuse or Repeated Attempts at Restricted Content=> Non-educational and/or bandwidth intensive content has been restricted by your school’s administration=> Internet sites that may seen harmless can contain content that is harmful to computers or may invade your privacy.This workstation/user has been only been temporarily suspended from Internet.Please contact your school’s Technical Director if you feel this is in error.
Fortunately, I’ve come prepared today with my own high speed Internet connection:To be fair and in the spirit of full disclosure, the district where I’m presenting DID request that I submit websites I wanted to access during my presentations today, and I did NOT submit them in advance. I’ll admit that knowing I was following the procedures of BYOB, and this is a “metro area” school district which should be (and is) well covered by the AT&T 3G wireless network, I decided NOT to submit my websites in advance because I wanted to conduct this exact test of current content filter settings in the district.I am pleased to report my blog, VoiceThread, and PollAnywhere are all accessible from the school network. I gave up testing additional sites, since I’m sure I’ll show over 100 different sites during the course of my 4 presentations today and I don’t want to waste prep time before we get started testing sites.Now that I’m online by bypassing the entire school network, it’s time to start teaching….. I’ll post links and most likley podcast recordings of some of my sessions later in the week here. My sessions this morning for teachers are:
- Cellphones for Learning / iPhones in the Classroom
- Better Internet Research
- Copyright and Media Publishing
- Digital Storytelling in the Classroom
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- Save and Transfer YouTube Videos to an iPad - 2012
- Heartland eLearning Conference with Michael Wesch: 7-8 March 2011 in Edmond, OK #HeartlandConf11 - 2011
- How to Subscribe to a Website as a Channel in Google Reader, and Categorize / Organize it in a Folder - 2011
- Heartland eLearning Conference: 8-9 March 2010 - 2010
- Dan Pink and Clay Shirky: Online with Steve Hargadon - 2010
- Review of Ustream Producer by Dean Mantz - 2010
- Copyright for Educators SlideShare with Audio - 2009