School’s limiting staff access to the Internet

I am currently running some staff development at a school in Coventry, and having run a session on some of the wonderful things that can be achieved with the Internet in education, I was informed by the attendees that they are limited to 2 hours of internet access per week.

This to me is ridiculous, as most of the ideas that I brought to the session they won’t be able to achieve. The 2 hours limit includes the use in teaching sessions (e.g. the tutor using the Internet with a projector), so this will make it very difficult to embed the use of the Internet into learning. I hope issues like this aren’t occurring when my kids reach school age.

One Response

  1. This is absolutely ridiculous!! Why are they restricted? I just wrote a post concerned about the fact that some teachers have no confidence in internet use, nor basic computer use, so how are they going to embrace the emerging technologies.
    Staff need to be encouraged all the way and use the internet as a sandpit to gain confidence before implementing web2.0 tools in their classroom.
    At least that does not happen in our school, although we are blocked out of so many sites which in itself is annoying.

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