Sites that Caught My Eye Today 08/06/2008

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Vicki Davis is a full-time classroom teacher and IT Director in Georgia, USA. She is Mom of three, wife of one, and loves talking about the wise, transformational use of technology for teaching and doing good in the world. She hosts the 10 Minute Teacher Podcast which interviews teachers around the world about remarkable classroom practices to inspire and help teachers. Vicki focuses on what unites us -- a quest for truly remarkable life-changing teaching and learning. The goal of her work is to provide actionable, encouraging, relevant ideas for teachers that are grounded in the truth and shared with love. Vicki has been teaching since 2002 and blogging since 2005. Vicki has spoken around the world to inspire and help teachers reach their students. She is passionate about helping every child find purpose, passion, and meaning in life with a lifelong commitment to the joy and responsibility of learning. If you talk to Vicki for very long, she will encourage you to "Relate to Educate" or "innovate like a turtle" or to be "a remarkable teacher." She loves to talk to teachers who love their students and are trying to do their best. Twitter is her favorite place to share and she loves to make homemade sourdough bread and cinnamon rolls and enjoys running half marathons with her sisters. You can usually find her laughing with her students or digging into a book.

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Rob Butler August 6, 2008 - 7:46 pm

A safer way if you have a permanent connection to the internet at home is to use an SSH tunnel. It is encrypted (so private) and reliable.

You need suitable hardware (e.g. a PC or suitable router) that is switched on all the time at your home. You route your internet connection through this machine and so you get an unfiltered connection.

I use this method from work when needed, and have also used it from China to bypass their firewall.

I posted a sort of how-to at my blog which could be a starting point.

debrennersmith August 7, 2008 - 5:27 am

I just sent this to my networkspecialist husband who already had blocked everything on this list. There are multiple reasons that companies block everything at work. It is against company policy to open up company intranets to the internet due to security risks. This is very dangerous due to data issues.

ItIsIRick August 7, 2008 - 1:01 pm

Hello, I am in a workshop with Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach and we have an assignment to go to top ed tech blogs and I chose yours. I read your post about proxy servers and what students will be reading over the summer. I totally agree with you about working on beharior instead of working on blocking. Blocking is totally not the answer since I feel web 3.0 is the web that is in your pocket. And you can’t filter a student’s cell phone.

Pat Austin August 7, 2008 - 4:28 pm

This is a great link – we have software at our school that blocks sites too and kids are masters at getting around it! Actually, sometimes I’d like to get around it myself…

I added your blog to my blogroll; hope you don’t mind!

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