ArTiStS iN tHe ClAsSrOoM (13 - 14)

“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.” - Pablo Picasso

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SFUSD Gets A New Internet Filtering Service Provider

SFUSD recently switched over to a new internet filtering service provider for their network. After speaking to someone in the IT Department I learned that the entire Tumblr blogging platform was being blocked. In addition to being blocked, any site that had Tumblr in it’s URL was being categorized as containing mature / questionable content (actually another word was used to describe that content).

So, as I discovered, coincidentally, for a short while whoever was clicking on links I sent out from my work-related artists-in-the-classroom tumblr blog was being blocked and having a message pop up that stated that the site they were trying to get to contained mature / questionable content.

Clearly, there is non of this type of material on my blogs. And they are an integral part of my work; I use them on a weekly (if not daily) basis to communicate with my sites and the wider school communities of those sites. So this was alarming news indeed.

I called and spoke with someone at SFUSD’s IT department last Thursday. They informed me of the new filtering service provider and let me know that they were still in the process of working out the kinks and trying to improve the accuracy of the filter. They were super helpful and advised me to write an email about the situation to help@sfusd.edu

Below is the email I wrote. The issue has since been resolved and all of my sites have been unblocked (last checked at 3:15pm on Tuesday, April 15th via the SFUSD Network). I’m thankful for the care and speed with which this issue has been tended to. Thank you very very much SFUSD IT! :)

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*I have replaced the original word I used - what my sites were being categorized as - with “adult material”

Email To: help@sfusd.edu
Thursday, April 10th 2014 05:24 PM
From: Jasbir Toor

Hello,
My name is Jasbir (Jakey) Toor and I am a dance teacher with the Visual and Performing Arts Department of SUFSD. I blog about my work on the tumblr platform and currently anyone who is logged in via. SFUSD cannot gain access to my site; an alert pops up which states that the site contains “adult material”.


There is certainly non of this material on my site and I’m concerned about this message popping up and being even remotely associated with my work :( I’m wondering what can be done to remedy this? I have seven work-related tumblr blogs that are integral to my teaching - I use them on a weekly (if not daily) basis to communicate with the 5 school sites I work with. I’m listing them all below, as well as an additional site that is work related, set up on the Wix platform.

Is there any way to clear these sites so they’re no longer blocked on the SFUSD network?

If someone can respond as soon as possible I’d very much appreciate it as my blogs are truly integral to my work and I hate thinking that teachers, principals, or parents trying to access footage of their children’s work and performances are getting this type of message. On that note as well, if the new filtering service that SFUSD is using is mistakenly blocking content that doesn’t contain the aforementioned, I think it might be more appropriate to describe the potentially questionable content as “questionable content” or “possibly not appropriate for children” or something along those lines…… as the word(s) “adult material” is a strong one and has the potential to unnecessarily cause alarm.

http://artistsintheclassroom5.tumblr.com/
http://artistsintheclassroom4.tumblr.com/
http://artistsintheclassroom3.tumblr.com/
http://artistsintheclassroom2.tumblr.com/
http://artistsintheclassroom.tumblr.com/
http://www.artistsintheclassroom.com/
http://studentspeak.tumblr.com/
http://teacherstalk.tumblr.com/

If you need any other information from me please let me know.
Thank you for your time and attention.

namaste
jakey

Initial Response from SFUSD IT:
Monday, April 14th 2014 12:46 PM

Hello Jasbir,

Your service request (ticket #23821): (My work-related tumblr blogs are being blocked and I need them unblocked) has been received and is being reviewed by our support team. To add additional comments, reply to this email or click the link below…..

Later Response from SFUSD IT:
Monday, April 14th 2014 02:25 PM

try them all now, should be operational.

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Many, many thanks SFUSD IT! I’ll be sure to check-in / inform if other issues arise with regard to this matter.

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Health & Balance
It’s no secret that I’ve been struggling with my work load this year. I’m happy to report that it feels like I’m beginning to find ways to live a more balanced, healthy life. One strategy that’s been helpful is to frequently ask myself this question, which I’ve displayed in multiple parts of my home. It’s simple and to the point and helps me get some perspective when I find myself falling into the overwhelmed or over-working trap.

Health & Balance

It’s no secret that I’ve been struggling with my work load this year. I’m happy to report that it feels like I’m beginning to find ways to live a more balanced, healthy life. One strategy that’s been helpful is to frequently ask myself this question, which I’ve displayed in multiple parts of my home. It’s simple and to the point and helps me get some perspective when I find myself falling into the overwhelmed or over-working trap.

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TED Talks: Christopher Emdin: Teach Teachers How To Create Magic

From the TED site:
"…What do rap shows, barbershop banter and Sunday services have in common? As Christopher Emdin says, they all hold the secret magic to enthrall and teach at the same time — and it’s a skill we often don’t teach to educators. The science advocate (and cofounder of Science Genius B.A.T.T.L.E.S. with the GZA of the Wu-Tang Clan) offers a vision to make the classroom come alive…”

This is the best talk I’ve ever seen on teacher education.

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TED Talks: Bill and Melinda Gates: Why giving away our wealth has been the most satisfying thing we’ve done…

From the TED Site:
“In 1993, Bill and Melinda Gates took a walk on the beach and made a big decision: to give their Microsoft wealth back to society. In conversation with Chris Anderson, the couple talks about their work at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, as well as their marriage, their children, their failures and the satisfaction of giving most of their money away..”

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