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User Gravatar said in December 21st, 2008 at 3:06 am

5. Use a web proxy (i.e. to get to the blocked page.

Oops. I misread the topic of the list: Four steps to teach in spite of the system. Suggestion #5 would probably be considered bypassing the system and frowned upon by your district policies. (Besides being poor role modeling for the students.)

I’m not sure I understand the issue completely. Our school board has a firewall and has blocked facebook and youtube, but is encouraging wikis (wikispaces workshops).

Are the school districts in question completely prohibiting blogs or simply blocking specific domains (i.e.,

Perhaps my suggestion #5 should be Teachers, schools, or districts could always run their own self-hosted blogs (courtesy of to provide a more moderated environment.

As an elementary teacher (Gr7/8), I’m not completely opposed to some of the blocked sites, although I appreciate the frustration that my high school colleagues go through.

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