Saturday, March 2, 2019

Unfiltered filter - 3.2 #sol19 Story Challenge

The school district where I teach is subscribing to an additional Internet filter and device-management platform called GoGuardian. My understanding is the move is partly in response to community concerns about less-fettered technology access. The program works as a browser extension in Chrome as Chromebooks have become ubiquitous in my school and district. That means students logged into their school accounts and using Chrome, even at home on personal devices outside school hours, will have this service running in the background. (For the record, there's an opt-out process for GoGuardian filtering after school and, of course, plenty of individual work-arounds involving alternative accounts or browsers.)

My only experience with GoGuardian, to date, is a group of middle schoolers simmering Friday about their privacy being invaded. They may have a point, though their arguments aren't fully formed yet. One student asked if I could give him a quotation about GoGuardian for an article he plans to contribute to a digital 'zine he self-publishes with classmates. "A quotation about what?" I asked. "What's the story you're covering -- your angle? What questions are you seeking answers to?" At that point, the unplanned interview fizzled.

Here's a question for you, though: Anyone else have slice-of-life experiences with GoGuardian, or comparable programs, to share -- good, bad, or otherwise?


7 comments:

  1. I've never heard of Go Guardian, but it sounds like it created some buzz among your students. The fact that they are fired-up and ready to form well-crafted arguments must mean something. I realize there's a ton of dangerous stuff out there. However, once our kids leave our schools, they have to learn to filter life themselves. How are we empowering them to do this?

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  2. I have never heard of Go Guardian either. But I love that it has riled your students up. This sounds like a teachable moment to me.

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  3. So curious to follow the comments on this blog post as the GoGuardian rollout unfolds!

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  4. I haven't heard about GoGuardian but I heard a lot of buzz from parents at conferences about their 6th grader's discovery of Google Hangouts.

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    1. Similar vibe in these parts with surreptitious digital chatting. Akin note passing back in the day, though perhaps an intensified distraction in screen form.

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  5. My district uses it too but at the elementary level it's optional for teachers. I was told that it would help me see at a glance what students are up to on their chrome book. Did you as teachers get training in how to use it? Are the devices students using bought by the school?So many interesting points to consider!

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    1. Filtering piece is active now, with class management piece to follow in August. Promise of training to precede that next layer. Devices in current paradigm are school/district provided, though some students bring their own. Complicated mix of factors, indeed!

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