Tutorial 7 study guide: SICTAS (2009)

SICTAS. 2009. Web 2.0 site blocking in schools. Available at http://www.educationau.edu.au/2009-reports. Accessed 25 January 2010.

We will be discussing this resource in class. All resources are available on E-Reserve for this unit.

Just read the Executive Summary (pp 7 – 11) if you are time-poor.

  • The main barriers to teachers’ effective uptake of Web 2.0 in their teaching are, according to this report (SICTAS 2009, p. 1),
  • “teacher lack of knowledge and confidence in Web 2.0
  • lack of safe places to gain experience with using Web 2.0 tools in teaching
  • concerns about cyber-safety and cyber-bullying
  • professional risk of allowing students access to popular social networking sites
  • limited bandwidth for effective delivery of rich Web 2.0 media
  • inflexibility of school site blocking systems
  • inability to provide access to educationally-relevant content from blocked sites.”
  • The report also points out how site-blocking is part of schools’ cybersafety strategies as regards duty of care to students (SICTAS 2009, p. 2). The problem, however, is that site-blocking often prevents access to “educationally valuable” (SICTAS 2009, p. 30) sites.
  • The report identifies a number of limitations to current filtering methods (SICTAS 2009, p. 1):
  • “Web 1.0 site-based approach to filtering generally leads to an all or nothing approach to blocking Web 2.0 online communities.
  • support to allow schools to customize access control only operates at a whole school site level (unable to differentiate between teachers and students).
  • they lack other fine-grained person-centric access controls such as the ability to control access via activities, groups, available bandwidth, time limits and the time of day.”

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