Mr. YouTube says – Why are schools so unkind?

Posted: 07/10/2010 in Week 9

Web-Based Video in Education: Possibilities and Pitfalls

After reading this article I am still convinced that YouTube should be allowed in schools. This article has enhanced my understanding about the issues but however, I still feel that the good outweighs the bad in this case. There are many great things are available on YouTube that are just shut out by the education department. Sneldon points out that the website should be used in context, however we as teachers should be allowed to make the education choice for our children rather than the education dept just blocking everyting that they see fit.

The interesting irony is the fact that my year 8, 9, 10 and 11 classes all are able to get around the system that blocks the websites, which I find absolutely ridiculous. If you want to find out more about how my students do these, google web proxies and you will find out how they do it.

I understand why the education dept blocks the websites however with the amount of good these websites offer, I would like the chance as a teacher to view the website without having to go home and download the youtube clip, and then show it in class!

If you would like to know how to download youtube videos, 1st use Mozilla Firefox and then download the addon – SoThink Web Video Downloader.

“Teachers and Social networking sites: Think Before you post”

The second article we looked at involved teachers and Social Networks this article by Russo, Squelch & Varnham (2009), talks about how teachers can misuse facebook and get in trouble with the Education Department, for having innapropriate comments, photos amongst other things that may appear on the social networking site.

The first thing I say to those people are:

1. Put your profile on PRIVATE

2. Make your profile UNSEARCHABLE

3. DO NOT add your bosses on Facebook

4. DO NOT add students, past students to your Facebook

5. And if your drunk STAY OFF FACEBOOK!

These five steps will ensure that you have a job to go to in the morning

Have a read of this article to show how Facebook ruined a teachers life because she broke one of the cardinal 5 sins

Personally, I have a facebook page, however I am not searchable, my surname is misspelt online and my profile picture is of ‘Damien’ of South Park. Even if my students found my page, they would be guessing who I was. This is the best way of ensuring your professionality when teaching.

  1. deedubbleu says:

    Doesn’t this upset the whole pupose of social networking? If you can’t be found, how can people find you? Or is it only you who search and connect with people you want?

    • damianoau says:

      Well, I like to ‘social network’ with only people I know. Not random people. Plus being a teacher, you must do this in order to protect your privacy

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