Educational Technology

March 17, 2011

Filters Give Schools More Control of Website Access

Filed under: Educational Technology — admin @ 12:30 am

By Tanya Roscorla, Converge

Each district faces a filtering dilemma: How do we protect students from harmful sites while still allowing them to access sites that provide quality learning opportunities? In this day of an open Internet, various districts have adopted different standards to answer that question. “Any kind of filtering’s tough,” said Mark Lindhorst, network administrator for Fort Osage R1 School District. “It’s hard to do and it’s not perfect; it’s never going to be perfect.” The district in Independence, Mo., tailors the default policy in its Lightspeed filter and makes it slightly different for instructors and staff, administrators, and the 5,000 students. But because of the filter, a crime scene investigation class that draws students from a number of districts can’t research guns and other weapons. And that’s essential for the class.

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