School System Filtering
Digital Curation Platforms
- access available for teachers
- limited student access
- researched lesson ideas
- viewed pages of others
- access available for teachers
- planned Parenthood site access
- access to images/video
- no access for ads
- no access
- Porta Portal-Cool Math
- some access under video for teachers
- only educational games
Internet Acceptable Use Policy (AUP)
- no information given about specific blocked sites
- sites deemed pornographic, obscene or material NPS deems harmful
- use is for approved educational purposes
- no steps for unblocking published on policy
- Superintendent selects and operates technology protection
Please, Please, Please Letter
Norfolk Public Schools
800 E. City Hall Ave.
Norfolk, VA 23510
Re: Unblock YouTube
I am writing to plead for access to YouTube in the classroom. I understand the possible dangers if access were granted to the wrong individuals. I would like to propose monitored, full access to teachers for educational support and enhanced lessons.
I am a teacher who loves to engage my students. I love to relate concepts to real-life situations and take trips to places that we neither have the means or money to physically reach. Many of my lessons include times when I have to take a brief intermission to bring life to a concept that I am teaching. I am often moved to show my students a short video that can enhance their learning. Often times, I spend an extended period of time getting knocked down by the filters put in place and have to use a resource that does not add as much value to my lesson. I am a witness to how this tool enhances learning. Students have been able to see and hear instruments they did not know existed or watched a movie about an interesting person they were studying in social studies. They have even been able to take a tour of a country they were studying. In a district where our students do not have many experiences outside of their own community, I feel it my duty to expose them to those most appropriate experiences.
I welcome your positive feedback and your willingness to work in harmony for the betterment of our students. I look forward to hearing from you.
Tanisha M. Ricks
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