Content Filtering PilotResources can be found: http://oit.hcpss.wikispaces.net/Content+Filtering
Agenda• Part I • Selecting and evaluating digital content• Part II • Using the content filter bypass • Reporting issues
Digital content includes text, images, sounds, and video that have been accessed over the Internet and brought into a computer.This content will most often come from websites.
As more and more digital content is readilyavailable for educators to incorporate into theirinstruction, it is essential that you are aware of your responsibilities as an educator to select appropriate content to use.
Selection of Instructional Materials, 8040 o Instructional materials must foster the inclusion of all voices within a global society (racial, ethnic, sexual, cultural, disabled, aged, religious, etc.) unless the content of the material is typical of society in a specific period of history. o Prior to use with students, each video will be evaluated by those teachers who will use it. If the video meets curricular objectives and is age appropriate, it may be used. o Instructional materials must allow for representation of contrasting points of view or multiple interpretations of content.
Acceptable Use of Computer Technology, 8080 o Employees, volunteers, interns, and contractors are to use HCPSS technology in a responsible, ethical manner consistent with their professional responsibilities.
• Accessing collaborative sites is part of the current AUP that students and parents sign.• Assuming the parent/guardian has signed the AUP, many HCPSS approved collaborative sites are covered. o However, this does not cover EVERY site. o It is a best practice to send home a project letter (contact OIT for samples).
Non-Collaborative Collaborative(online resources which do not (online resources which supportsupport discussions) discussions- requires approval)HCPSS - http://www.hcpss.org Glogster - http://edu.glogster.com/National Library of Virtual Manipulatives - Blabberize - http://blabberize.com/http://nlvm.usu.edu/en/nav/vlibrary.htmlPhET - http://phet.colorado.edu/ Edmodo – http://hcpss.edmodo.comPics4Learning - SchoolTube - http://www.schooltube.com/http://www.pics4learning.com NOTE: The sites listed above have gone through Software Approval (SAP)- http://doc.hcpss.org:8080/docushare/dsweb/View/Collection-20838
Is the digital content appropriate for use with students in aninstructional setting?• Consider the following: o Developmentally appropriate (including readability) o Accuracy and validity of content o Clarity of the message o Language usage (grammar, mechanics, etc.) o Viewpoints presented o Ease of use o Web accessibility (Section 508)• Note: Reasonable exceptions to this provision may be made at the discretion of a teacher.
The design of a website can limit people with varying abilities frombeing able to perceive, understand, navigate, and interact with thesite. Websites should be evaluated to determine the degree inwhich they are accessible to the end user. Keep in mind, sitesthat are accessible to some students may be inaccessible toothers.If you have a student who requires accommodations, pleasecontact your special education team leader for guidance.Additional information on these topics may be found:http://oit.hcpss.wikispaces.net/Digital+Content
Is the digital content on the HCPSS approved list ofcollaborative websites? (Non-collaborative websites donot require approval)Resources that support collaborative discussions must be onthe Software Approval (SAP) list which is available in theDocument Repository.Teachers wishing to use a resource not on the SAP list maysubmit the resource for approval. Information for submitting aSAP request can be found on the OIT Intranet page.
General: o Have another HCPSS teacher/administrator review the digital content. o Provide multi-group assignments. o Determine which lab to use (mobile vs. stationary) based on the needs of the assignment (stationary computers are usually faster for accessing web-based content).
Video: o Download Discovery Streaming videos prior to instruction. o Pre-load digital content to be used in class (to reduce buffering) if possible. o Use short video clips instead of full length. o Provide closed captioning for students when available. Copyright Note: Discovery Streaming videos can be saved to HCPSS computer/network as long as HCPSS maintains a subscription to the service.
Technical / Network: o Consider impact of digital content on bandwidth. o Internet speed varies throughout the day. o Stagger student logins when using Discovery Streaming. o Limit the number of students accessing digital content simultaneously.
Purpose of PilotWith the recent upgrades to the HCPSSinfrastructure, the Technology Department canbegin studying the effect of opening streamingmedia sites for teacher use.
Evaluation of PilotThe Technology Department and OIT willwork with schools in the pilot to complete theTechnical Evaluation.The evaluation will include data on thenetwork impact and the number of servicerequests (help desk calls and tickets).
Best Practices• The key to the success of using streaming media depends on its integration into the course and how it applies to student learning.• Have a plan: o Be clear about your instructional goals. o Choose media that helps meet your goals for student learning. o Have students use media in a way that helps accomplish instructional objectives.
Best Practices• Integrate media with student activities. o Prepare the learners for viewing the media clip: introduce clip explain clips purpose explain what to watch or listen for in the clip o Have students do something with what they’ve learned: complete a task answer a question participate in a discussion, either online or in the classroom
Step 1:• When you get to a streaming site such as voicethread.com, click on "Login as Different User”.
Step 2:• Type in your active directory login (the login to your computer).• Staff should not login to the content filter for students.• Board Policy 8080: Users will not engage in unauthorized activities: Accessing technology via another user’s account credentials or facilitating unauthorized access.
Step 3:• Keep this window open (or minimize) and then go back to the Internet browser and reload the website.
Step 4:• You can now view streaming media within the site or access the entire webpage.
Reporting Issues• Please call 410-313-7004 with any problems.• If experiencing difficulty logging in: o Plug your computer into the network via Ethernet. o Restart computer (wait for green light on Mac). o Try to login. o If the computer warns you that your password is expired or near expiration you will need to change your computer password to be able to login to the content filter. To change password while on the network: https://changepw.hcpss.org
Staff Professional Development“Its important that communication with staff is consistent andopen so they feel they understand the filtering process, theapproval process, and where to go for resources.” Reservoir High School example:https://sites.google.com/site/rehsmedia/use-the-media-center-staff-handbook/contentfilteringpilot