We have a web filter at school. As all filters do, it blocks content.
At the same time, we have a “technology” committee that is looking at where teaching/education is going and what skills, traits and values today’s students will need in the future. Our holy book is Thomas Friedman’s, The World is Flat. *cue the cherubs singing the Alleluia chorus*
One of the main tenets of the book is the idea that the top down management-style of working on a project is the old way of thinking. For example, A chief on high says, this is the way we are going and the rest of the tribe is expected to follow.
What Friedman says is that today, everything has to be as flattened as possible. No boss saying this is what has to be accomplished, instead, each person is expected to work in a community to accomplish the goal.
Kids today are going to be working with people from all over the globe on many different types of projects. But how can we train them for those types of things when we can demonstrate them in the classroom?
I am not saying all filters need to be removed and kids can use whatever they want to. What I am saying is how can we balance what would be a helpful tool to use, i.e. tagging, and balance it with protecting kids from the seedy, underbelly of the internet?