I've seen many discussions on how to find affordable technology, and how to get funding, but I have yet to find a discussion for a problem I have. I have access to many wonderful resources that can engage my students; however, school policy keeps many of the sites blocked, or won't allow students access to mp3 players, smart phones, or other personal electronic devices during school hours.
Yes, I can ask my technology coordinator to unblock specific sites, and could probably get permission to let my students use their devices in my classroom for a specific project, but I'd like to hear how other districts approach this problem. There must be a way to keep the students safe and responsible (their rationale for many of the restrictions), while at the same time bringing current resources into the school. I'm looking for a way to get the district's administration and school board into the 21st century mindset.
Thanks in advance for your help!