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    i'm fed up of kids telling me that the network isn't quick enough!. it would be a hell of a lot quicker if the kids werne't allowed to use youtube all day.

    we also have problems with kids breaking the headphones ( i cant imagine it comes during lessons when they record soundbites twice a year) and with overcrowding in our suites leading to kids complaining they cant do any work.

    RAAGGEEE!!

    anyone else have a policy on you tube and similar sites?

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    Re: youtube

    what exactly do you use u tube for in your school i would have it blocked
    and only give out headphones when needed
    thats what we do

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    Re: youtube

    Quote Originally Posted by callumtuckey
    what exactly do you use u tube for in your school i would have it blocked
    and only give out headphones when needed
    thats what we do
    nail meet head!, exactly! i cant think of a single use for it!. As for leaving in headphones its easier that way as i dont have the time to plug them in each time a teacher wants 5 seconds of sound for there class.

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    Re: youtube

    why don't you block it then....?

    I assume you're running some kind of filtering system? smoothwall maybe?

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    Re: youtube

    Teachers and Support Staff can access youtube - pupils cannot. For example science often show more potent reactions from youtube, for experiments that can't be carried out in school.

    With headphones we have 2 boxes with 30 headphones in - 1 box each between 2 of our 4 ICT suites. The teachers are responsible for doling them out and back in when they need them. If they are broken then it comes out of the ICT Department budget (not any of mine!)

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    Re: youtube

    the kids say its slow, god they should be fortunate they have a computer network to use 50 years ago people have never heard of one!

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    Re: youtube

    We have sites such as YouTube.com/Bebo.com/Myspace.com etc on our BanList. Staffs have access and use the sites for teaching materials.

    Headphones are stored in the classrooms and locked away in cupboards. Generally they're given out on a needs basis.

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    Re: youtube

    YouTube is blocked by our LEA as is MySpace

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    Re: youtube

    Youtube blocked here, if staff need a video, i will download it and make it available in the staff central resource library.

    as for broken head phones....'looks to his right and sees two brooken head phones... sighs..'

    Its a never ending battle

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    Re: youtube

    If you want to/have blocked YouTube, but still want teachers/kids to have access to some form of video sharing site, have a look at TeacherTube as an alternative.

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    Re: youtube

    Absolutely no reason for kids to have access to YouTube. Funnily enough - a teacher got a cob on with me today because I wouldn't unblock it so her class could "have some fun at the end of the lesson", sent her away with a flea in her ear.

    We have boxes of headphones in the office, a teacher is welcome to borrow them for a class, if they're broken when they come back, then the cost comes out of their departments budget. Interesting how much more care is taken when it's THEIR money, not the IT Departments...

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    Re: youtube

    We just have it blocked and if a teacher wants a video out of it we just use a ripper/downloader and play it that way.

    If you need a perfect reason to convince SLT that youtube should be banned just type in "porn" infront of them, or even better "young girls" or something along them lines. Should soon get their attention.

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    Re: youtube

    Quote Originally Posted by j17sparky
    We just have it blocked and if a teacher wants a video out of it we just use a ripper/downloader and play it that way.

    If you need a perfect reason to convince SLT that youtube should be banned just type in "porn" infront of them, or even better "young girls" or something along them lines. Should soon get their attention.
    I'm sure that will get their attention! What ripper/downloader do you use? I have thought about giving that ago for staff. Which software would you recommend?

    Cheers

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    Re: youtube

    Our LEA doesn't block it, but one of my schools has requested us to block it just for that school. There was a bit of debate about it as it can contain useful videos for the lessons, especially for primary school kids.

    However youtube was reguarly visited during breakfast club and the more it got used the more likely it was for someone to come across unsuitable material.

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    Re: youtube

    Quote Originally Posted by j17sparky
    If you need a perfect reason to convince SLT that youtube should be banned just type in "porn" infront of them, or even better "young girls" or something along them lines. Should soon get their attention.
    And on a related note, make sure you block all the porn-centric YouTube-a-likes. Here's a Google Search to get you started.

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