All -

NOTE: The survey was edited to allow input from administrators, tech admins, people in higher education, and those outside of the US. Thanks so much!

I am collecting data on the range of sites blocked at schools for educators. I would greatly appreciate it if you could take a minute or two and fill out my survey (seriously, REALLY easy and fast!). All you need to do is click on the link below.

Blocked Web Applications

Please include any sites or applications that you are unable to access at school for either student use or professional development use (Classroom 2.0, other nings, twitter, gmail, etc). Please add as many as apply to you. I really hope this will help shed some light on the broad range of educational resources unavailable to teachers in many K-12 institutions today.

Thanks so much for taking the time to do this - I will publish the results on my blog (Reflection 2.0) and in a public Google Spreadsheet after it seems as if results have stopped coming in.

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How funny! I clicked on the link and the LINK is blocked! :-) I'll have to do this at home...
Brian -

Ah, that's just too telling, isn't it? I'm sure it's blocked because it's a google doc. I hope you have the chance to do this at home - rather inconvenient, huh?
I did the survey but wasn't sure if you wantd me to do it several times or list them all in the same little box so I opted for one at a time.

Thanks so much Lisa! It doesn't matter which one you choose, some people have put them all together, others one at a time. Whichever is easiest, that's the key :-)
I tried to take the survey. But alas, my network has has blocked my access to the survey...Kidding.

Will send it to a few teacher friends.
Thanks so much for passing it on - I really appreciate it!
I am also blocked from taking this survey. lol.
I will take this from home.
Tina -

Thanks for taking the time to do it at home - guess it's proving that Google Docs aren't accessible at all schools! What a shame - this is one of the points I'm trying to make!
Your welcome. I understand the need for filters in schools. Especially in our district we can't establish groups for high school versus elementary students. What is unblocked for one is unblocked for all. I do think though with web 2.0 coming out we need to reevaluate the filters we are using. In my district all message boards and forums are blocked, wiki and blogs are blocked, google docs are blocked; this list just goes on and on. Valuable educational tools are being denied to both education professionals and students. It has gone beyond blocking sites to protect the students. I am just glad you have created this survey. Would it be too much to ask for you to post the data from your survey?
Tina -

I will surely post the data - I'll put it up here, on my blog, and in a public google spreadsheet. I want to leave this open long enough for more people to respond, I'm hoping more people will take this in the next few days. Thanks :-)
As we discussed on twitter, I'm MORE than happy to have your input! Put in whatever you would like - I'm really looking forward to hearing from the technology-dept standpoint! As you point-out, there are technologies allowing different access levels and I'm in agreement that this is a much better way to manage things than blanket blocking. It shouldn't be an all or nothing issue, in my opinion. So, take the survey, please!



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