Unnecessary; Richardson ISD is blocking our learning experience
By: Elizabeth McNamara | Published: Sep 3, 2019
It’s frustrating, going to a website for an educational purpose and seeing that annoying blue lock with “Website Blocked by Richardson ISD” in big blue letters. It really pushes my buttons; all I’m trying to do is look up something for my English class, not hack the entire school.
It’s been an ongoing problem since the school district started distributing Chromebooks -- students being on websites that distract them from their school work. I understand the need to block websites like Cool Math Games, but Vimeo? A website my newspaper class uses as a learning tool?
It’s unnecessary. Richardson ISD needs to stop blocking academic websites.
We use Vimeo to watch videos about writing techniques and styles, we don’t use it for our own entertainment. The school district doesn’t understand that popular websites, which might seem distracting, also have educational purpose.
For instance, another website that is blocked on our school Chromebooks and the app on the WiFi is GroupMe. I use GroupMe to communicate with my peers in newspaper and in study groups. The school district having the site blocked prevents me from keeping in contact with them.
Better classroom management from teachers and administration can help keep students on track. GoGuardian, a computer program that lets teachers manage their students, also helps keep a better, more focused classroom environment.
Blocking websites isn’t the solution, better authority is.