Hello all!  Today, I'm officially coming out of the Classroom 2.0 back-channeling closet and making my first discussion post public!  Why would I do such a thing?  Read on...


I am working with our district administration to craft an Acceptable Use Policy for [GASP!] YouTube use in the classroom.  Currently, our school network blocks YouTube (and Facebook, Foursquare, MySpace, etc.)  However, thanks to our 21C-thinking Teaching & Learning Department, they are entertaining the idea of opening up YouTube for teacher access—with some guidelines, obviously.  Does ANYONE out there work in a public school district that allows this?  If so, would you mind sharing your guidelines and/or acceptable use policy?  We're just beginning to brainstorm and I was interested in other districts verbiage, etc.


Thanks in advance!





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Give this site a try: http://landmark-project.com/aup20/pmwiki.php

I don't know if there is anything specifically related to YouTube, but it's worth a shot!

I am sorry but I don't see why you have to have a special section for youtube. Why not generalize and say something like..."inappropriate use of technology will not be tolerated ..." What would you do tomorrow when you realize that there is a different website that needs to be blocked or monitored?


Here is a question for you: How would you manage the district policy? I think it will be very difficult to do so.


I would make sure that teachers preview their videos before showing them to students.



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I  just allowed youtube access to faculty. I did not put together a specific policy because i didn't not want to have to do that every time a new site comes along. What i did is go to faculty meetings at each school and discuss the areas of concern: ex: don't search youtube in front of kids, especially while projecting. Be sure to review the entire video and the page it is published on before viewing it with students.  Avoid having kids search for videos when showing projects. All videos should be linked directly in the project.. etc...

Hi Jeffrey,

My district (and many of the districts in the surrounding area) made some fairly large AUP changes this past year. YouTube (and recently Netflix) was the number 1 request by teachers to unblock. And rightly so.

Consequently we changed our filtering process. We don't block youtube, facebook, twitter, etc for staff or students. Our AUP (which can be founder here: http://goo.gl/I2mHX) focuses on how such websites can be used for excellent, educational purposes...and when students abuse such sites, then they're subject to the code of conduct.

I'm in a district that incorporates a lot of technology...so it made sense to have a true "Acceptable" use policy (as opposed to an "unacceptable" use policy). For that matter, more and more students are accessing the web via their own devices (3G, etc) that they're bypassing filters anyway. Thus the need to help define a behavior.

In my previous job we had two filters: one for students and another for the rest of the users. The non-students had just about  everything available. Of course inappropriate content was always blocked. 


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