You may remember in my last post, I opined about the importance of fighting for less restrictive Internet access in schools.
Though it may seem counter-intuitive to some, I believe part of keeping students safe is to allow greater access to the Internet and social networking tools with proper supervision and guidance. How else will students learn to use these tools safely and appropriately? Continuing to pretend these don’t exist during school hours and then leaving them to their own devices on these sites is a non-solution (because they WILL still use them).
But, as LeVar Burton would say, don’t take my word for it. Check out this great thirty-second interview with Helen Adams, chair of the AASL Intellectual Freedom Committee (h/t Dr. Marilyn Arnone)
Source: Adams, H. (n.d.). 30 Second Thought Leadership. American Library Association. Retrieved November 16, 2011, from http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/aasl/aaslpubsandjournals/knowledgequest/aboutkq/30second.cfm ]
Source: PROTECT IP Act Breaks The Internet from Fight for the Future on Vimeo.