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I would love to watch the videos on your site but, as in many schools, YouTube is blocked. Would you please consider using SchoolTube or Vimeo to host your videos so that everyone could access them. Thank you.
Thank you Deven,
It is very unfortunate, on many levels that YouTube is blocked. I dislike Schooltube and Teachertube and I don’t use Vimeo because the school I teach at is fully integrated into Google Apps (which I love). I would push for teachers at your school to band together to get your district to reverse this inane policy.
We have been pushing for years. The NYCDOE is intransigent, so I guess I’m stuck between their rock and your hard place.
I hope for the sake of your students and staff this policy gets reversed. Tina Barseghian wrote a nice article about dispelling the myths of blocking where she interviewed Karen Cater, the Director of Ed Tech from the US Department of Education. Cater states that, “Accessing YouTube is not violating CIPA rules. The rule is to block inappropriate sites. All sorts of YouTube videos are helpful in explaining complex concepts or telling a story, or for hearing an expert or an authentic voice — they present learning opportunities that are really helpful.”