Filters for classroom management?

By Anne Collier

No. Really not a good use for filters, writes instructional technologist Bud Hunt at St. Vrain Valley School District in northern Colorado, where they’ve been filtering less since the beginning of the school year. Hunt’s thoughtful response to requests from teachers and other staff to block resources that are distractions in the classroom is that “we will no longer use the Web filter as a classroom management tool. Blocking one distraction doesn’t solve the problem of students off task – it just encourages them to find another site to distract them. Students off task is not a technology problem – it’s a behavior problem.” Hunt later adds that the best filters in a classroom are the people in it. I do agree. Here’s why – but don’t miss Bud’s complete response to technological-classroom-management requests, linked to above. It’s not that there’s anything inherently wrong with filtering, just with uncritical use of it, or any technology. [See also “Filtering critics, issues in 3 countries.”


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