Class Opener – Day 53 – Don’t Take My Twitter Away!

Yesterday was an exciting day in the school-tech world, as a group of educators met at the White House and discuss education policy relating to technology – specifically the access and cost of broadband for students. A special daytime version of #edtechchat was held, and I had the opportunity to give my 2 cents on the opportunities technology allows for differentiation:

Thanks to Tom Murray and the #edtechchat crew for their sharing out from this exciting day.

But today brought my twitter enthusiasm to a screeching halt….overnight our tech department applied a new filter to the district network. Students and staff are now under the same network filet umbrella. The net result here is that TWITTER IS BLOCKED! {insert dramatic twist music}

Part of my morning then became e-mail back and forth between our tech folks and administrators, expressing my disappointment.  For now, I can access twitter through a “15 minute window”, which clearly is a non-solution. Through these “conversations”, the filtering of twitter for students has risen as an issue, so I have a few questions for my blog friends:

  1. Do students in your district have access to twitter during the school day?
  2. Have you experienced any discipline issues related to twitter?
  3. Why should students have twitter “unblocked”? Give me your best argument.

OK, so today was more of a rant…rather than an opener… Sometimes unpredictable episodes occur.


By Bob Lochel

HS Math Teacher. Hatboro-Horsham School District, Horsham, PA.

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