Magazine article Multimedia & Internet@Schools

Safety, Security, and Access

Magazine article Multimedia & Internet@Schools

Safety, Security, and Access

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LIBRARIAN'S and teachers in grades K- 12 as well as district- and state-level administrators and policymakers all agree that today's students need access to the online interactive and collaborative learning environments that are the new infrastructure of our learning and working lives. But those same educators have concerns about both real and perceived dangers to students that may arise in such environments. What they require, of course, is solid information on safety, security, and access to help them make the educational decisions they need to make. That's our theme this month, and it's the focus of two main features in this issue of Multimedia & Internet@Schools.

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In our cover story, "Security in a Web 2.0-Based Educational Environment: Issues and Answers" (p. 8), Nancy Willard, who is an ardent activist for an intelligent approach to such issues, tips her hand and her philosophy with this opening shot: 'Trying to prepare students for their future and teach them about internet safety without Web 2.0 in schools is like trying to teach a child to swim without a swimming pool." She then enunciates a vision of what a true 21st-century learning environment will look like. This is actually the first of a two-part series. In Part 1, Nancy advises us on how to work toward this vision in our schools by moving past "techno-panic" and fear of the internet, considering alternate approaches to filtering.

Also on this theme is Victor Rivero's second roundup piece, "Tools for Learning: Safety, Security, and Access" (p. …

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