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Banned Websites Awareness Day

Banned Websites Awareness Day
To raise awareness of the overly restrictive blocking of legitimate, educational websites and academically useful social networking tools in schools and school libraries, AASL has designated one day during Banned Books Week as Banned Websites Awareness Day. On Wednesday, September 30, AASL asks school librarians and other educators to promote an awareness of how overly restrictive filtering affects student learning. Background | Complimentary Webinars | Resources & Activities Logo Use | Promotional Partners Background Usually the public thinks of censorship in relation to books, however there is a growing censorship issue in schools and school libraries – overly restrictive filtering of educational websites reaching far beyond the requirements of the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA). Filtering websites does the next generation of digital citizens a disservice. Resources Intellectual Freedom related posts on Knowledge Quest AASL White Paper on Educational Technology in Schools

Cookies Required Emerging Tech is a professional learning community (PLC) where school librarians can explore all the ways to integrate technology and 21st century learning into school library programs. The community hosts free monthly webinars and live chats presented by Michelle Luhtala, Head Librarian at New Canaan High School (CT). Online discussions provide an easy way to continue the conversation and share ideas and experiences with peers across the country, and around the world. Upcoming Webinars Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 5PM Eastern Time Wednesday, May 21, 2014 - 5PM Eastern Time Wednesday, June 18, 2014 - 5PM Eastern Time Pre-registration is not required for Emerging Tech community members. Join the webinar at the scheduled time with this link: You'll be automatically emailed a CE certificate for attending a live session. Be sure to join the Emerging Tech community: Hear what educators have to say about online PD! About Follett’s K-12 Business

Don’t Be a B.L.O.B. – Support Responsible Use of Technology with BYOT! What is a BLOB? Think of the 1958 horror/science-fiction film, The Blob, that portrayed two young teenagers struggling to battle a giant mass of an alien that attempted to swallow up their small town in Pennsylvania. The movie poster described the Blob as “Indescribable…Indestructible! Nothing Can Stop It!” Without hesitation, this amoeba-like creature indiscriminately consumed everything in its path until the teenage heroes managed to utilize their available resources to render it useless. In today’s schools, a BLOB acquires a completely new meaning – a Banner – Locker – Or – Blocker. A BLOB may also be guilty of indiscriminately interpreting the requirements of the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA) to over filter websites and social media throughout the school day, even to the detriment of learning opportunities of students. What Is Responsible Use? What Can I Do to Avoid Becoming a BLOB? Resources Barseghian, T. (2011, September 20). Wikipedia. (28/0). Like this: Like Loading...

BWAD: How to be a Ninja Warrior Filter Fighter Life is not filtered. But the Internet is - at my school. What are we teaching the kids? How can we teach knowledge, discernment, and ethics without giving them a chance to make good choices and yes, sometimes mistakes? Celebrate: Banned Websites Awareness Day "AASL has designated October 3 as the second annual Banned Websites Awareness Day. Complimentary BWAD (Banned Websites Awareness Day) Webinar Join us! Here are the slides from my preso on Slideshare! Resources: AASL BWAD main site with background and resources Michelle Luhtala's Blog postings: danah boyd article on Huffington Post:Kids And Social Media: danah boyd Asks Parents To Name Their 'Biggest Fear'

It's Banned Websites Awareness Day! ... you can catch an encore presentation at 7PM PDT this evening (yes, 10PM EDT), October 3, 2012 at the Library 2.012 virtual conference AASL, the organization that launched Banned Websites Awareness Day in the first place, offers a number of resources for participants, including the BWAD page, the AASL Essential Links for BWAD, and the AASL blog. You can contribute to our collaborative slide presentation! Here is the link to add a slide, and the presentation follows: And hey, you can always include #BWAD in your Tweets! mluhtala : Happy Banned Websites Awareness... What To Do If Your School Bans a Useful Website Big Ideas Culture Digital Tools Today is Banned Website Awareness Day, and all across the country, educators are doing their part to raise awareness of how overly restrictive blocking of educational websites affects student learning. The dialogue around filtering must also include bring-your-own-device policies, appropriate use of social media in schools, and overall responsible use of technology in school. Each of these issues plays an important part in the equation that influences school policy around filtering websites. Part of the investigation into what filtering policies to put in place revolves around understanding current rules and regulations — and that’s the problem, according to Michelle Luhtala, a librarian at New Cannan High School and one of the primary organizers of Banned Websites Awareness Day. “People believe the rules are far more restrictive than they really are.” “People believe the rules are far more restrictive than they really are,” she said. PRESENT FACTS.

Launching Blackboard Collaborate Start Session Optionally, you can pre-configure your computer and test your audio using one of our Configuration Rooms prior to your session. Please visit our "First time Users" section in the Support Portal to view configuration rooms for Blackboard Collaborate web conferencing. Note: When joining a Blackboard Collaborate web conferencing session for the first time you will see a Security Dialog. Ban Censorship, Not Websites! Today is Banned Websites Awareness Day – a designated day within Banned Books Week – which is sponsored by our friends at the American Association of School Librarians and designed to raise awareness of the overly restrictive blocking of legitimate, educational websites and academically useful social networking tools in schools and school libraries. At the ACLU LGBT Project, this is a subject near and dear to our hearts, and today we’re releasing a new report about our work to fight back against banned websites. The report is part of the ACLU’s “Don’t Filter Me” campaign, which started over a year and a half ago to take on viewpoint-discriminatory censorship of positive LGBT web content in public schools nationwide. When we put out the call for students across the U.S. to let us know if their schools’ web filters discriminated on the basis of viewpoint in this way, we heard from students from all over.

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New Banned Websites Awareness Day: Oct. 3, 2012 I support AASL Banned Websites Awareness Day. This year it is celebrated on Oct. 3, 2012. Wednesday, October 3, 2012 To raise awareness of the overly restrictive blocking of legitimate, educational websites and academically useful social networking tools in schools and school libraries, AASL has designated one day during Banned Books Week as Banned Websites Awareness Day. On Wednesday, Oct. 3, AASL is asking school librarians and other educators to promote an awareness of how overly restrictive filtering affects student learning. AASL’s Banned Websites Awareness Day (#bwad on Twitter) Here is AASL’s BWAD page Last year’s event coverage in New York Times Michelle Luhtala’s “kick off” article in American Libraries My post from last year’s event: Stephen

The Intersection of Politics and Social Media The intersection of politics and social media has become an integral part of the political process. Political campaigns no longer need to to rely on televised speeches and debates, or the endorsements of newspapers and celebrities to rally voters. New technology and social media advancements allow candidates to spread messages instantaneously. In this digital panel, Mashable US & World Reporter Alex Fitzpatrick discussed the impact of social media and technology on the 2012 election cycle. Alex Fitzpatrick, MashableAlex Fitzpatrick is a Reporter at Mashable's New York headquarters, where he covers the intersection of politics, international affairs, social media and technology. Ethan Klapper, The Huffington PostEthan Klapper is the politics social media editor at The Huffington Post, where he manages the social media presence of the site's popular politics section.

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