It’s unfortunate but true that in many US schools as well as some countries (like China) “web shortener” URLs like tinyurl.com, bit.ly, ow.ly, etc are BLOCKED. If you’re in this boat, give Untiny a try. If this site is unblocked, you can enter the shortened URL into Untiny and it will convert / extract / reveal the original website address so you can link to it from behind a content filter.
Of course, if the original website is blocked (or if Untiny is blocked) you can always resort to using a proxy to bypass a content filter. Folks may think of proxy sites as just something students use at school to get to blocked websites, but that is not true: It’s also something that must be done in China by people of all ages (including yours truly) to access websites like my handouts site (on pbworks.com), Twitter, Bit.ly, my personal wiki (created with Google Sites), the K-12 Online Conference Ning, Our Celebrate Oklahoma Voices learning community (created with Ning), YouTube, and Diigo.
We need more than a campaign to simply “unmask the digital truth.” At some point in the not too distant future, I think we need to coordinate a collective action campaign to change school Internet filtering policies around the United States – and potentially in other countries where overly strict filtering policies are enforced. I’ve been thinking about this more since last week’s presentation for librarians in Norman, Oklahoma, who are easing restrictions in the Pioneer Library System for social networking sites, as well as my recent trip to China and wrangling with the “Great Firewall of China.”
H/T to A. Kiptka for the link to Untiny.
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