From a discussion on Sue Water's eTools and Tips for Educators
One of our members has asked on her page "Where to find ready-made videos suitable for learning (that work behind TAFE firewalls or if embedded somewhere)." Now I know for many this is a very important question!
I'm preparing a report for our Technical Services division to:
- justify why social networking sites such as Facebook, Bebo, MySpace etc, and video sharing sites such as YouTube/Google Video should be unblocked on the student network
- implications for bandwidth usage and cost if we open up access.
I am Ed Tech manager at West Coast TAFE. One project currently running under the Australian Flexible Learning Framework, Youth at Risk, Heutagogy funding, has granted access to GATE (Gaining Access to Training and Employment) students to these sites.
We are gaining valuable knowledge about potential and implications
Initially, I believed that if I just demonstrated the potential of the tools, I would achieve change.
As time goes by I think we do ourselves a disservice if we don't look seriously at the implications being raised. These are influencing the blockers. We need to be actively creating innovative solutions to manage the risks.
If we work collectively on developing these solutions, it will become difficult to justify blocking.