As teacher librarians one of our roles is to develop a vitual library of websites that teachers and students can refer to while studying. How should we react after being told about a great website or web 2.0 app only to find that it has been blocked by our education system’s filtering mechanisms? Do we just accept that the powers-that-be know best or do we strive for change? In a recent article in ZDNet a teacher librarian makes the case that the filtering system of the NSW DET is too harsh and blocks the use of educationally sound learning opportunities.
Here is a link to the article in question as as TLs we need to think through these issues carefully. What I do like about the article is that the ‘other side’ offers its reasons as why it blocks sites and web 2.0 apps.
Now that address is rather long and unwieldly so I am adding an ICT tip here. The address can also be printed as
If you have thoughts or would like to make a comment please add them to this posting. It is an issue we must all address.