Persuasive Video Illustration for the DOE

To whom it may concern at the Department of Education,

Please watch this video illustration on The Media Spot’s Website and read the essay below.

The DOE is blocking important educational websites. Everyday students are looking online for information but they cannot reach the web sites they need because they are blocked. The DOE should not block our websites.

We need information from the Internet. For example, we are studying Africa. We may not find information on our topic in the library and we weill need the Internet. Many students tried to further their research on GoAfrica.com but could not have access.

DOE blockedThe DOE should not block our web sites because it would keep us from getting to good websites. For example, when we were going to PBSKids.org, we were blocked. PBS Kids has a lot of educational, helpful information on Africa.

The DOE should not block our web sites because we might not be able to publish on our blog. One time a student in our class, Anthony, tried to publish his How-To piece but it wouldn’t go through because the word “Nintendo” was in it. Everyone in class 3-307 has their How-To piece published except Anthony. It is important that we can all put our work on our blog.

So why does the DOE insist on blocking our websites? Perhaps the DOE could block the adult parts of the web sites instead of blocking the whole web site. They should only block the inappropriate stuff and keep the appropriate stuff for the kids. Or if they are going to block the website, they could have a teacher password.

The password idea will help us because if there is important information on a website, the teacher can have the power to decide if it is helpful or educational for kids.

We hope that the DOE has heard us and will listen to us. Once again, it is wrong to block our websites. Thank you.

Class 3-307

WE ROCK!

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8 Responses

  1. Love the video Mr.Rhys!YOU ROCK!!!!!!!!!!!
    P.S. I’m NIKOL

  2. Thanks! Nice working with you Nikol 🙂

  3. MR. RHYS the video rocks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!You did great@ the features were cool I hope we can make a even better one. love Katherine,3-307

  4. Thanks Katherine 8)

    YOU guys made it up, wrote the script, we made the storyboards together, you guys filmed it, and we edited it TOGETHER… YOU did great!!! Give yourself and your classmates credit! I can’t wait to make some more great ones with you guys this year!

    Think of things to make videos of with Ms. Abodeely!

    (Look at all of these EXCLAMATION POINTS!)

    – Mr. Rhys, TMS

  5. great video, guys!

    i wanted to point you to an article i read today on slashdot.org about blocking web sites. you may not be interested in reading the whole article, but here are a few highlights:

    * this is a huge problem all across the country. it has to do with a law called the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA) that the Supreme Court upheld in 2003.

    * the article reports that “about 30% of blocked sites were obvious errors”, meaning that about 3 out of 10 times you get blocked, it’s a site you should be allowed to see!

    * content on the Internet is changing so fast (especially on blog sites like this one) that the article’s author wonders if it’s even possible for the blocking to do a better job.

    * the people who create the blocking software feel that schools would rather block lots of “good” sites to avoid even one “bad” site being allowed.

    i just thought you’d like to know some of what’s being written about this issue.

    keep up the good work!

    — andy

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  8. Dear 307,

    I am always amazed at what you can do. When you are passionate about something, you are very convincing. I hope that you also explore the other side of this story. Why do does the Department of Education block certain sites?

    Good Job!

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