Twitter over site blocks

15th May 2009 at 01:00

Teachers are being stifled in the classroom because of outdated and draconian restrictions on IT usage, a new survey has found. More than three-quarters of teachers want to incorporate websites such as YouTube, Facebook and Twitter into their lessons, only for them to be blocked by "over-protective" IT policies in schools. Martyn Farrows, director of Magic Studio, the e-learning company behind the research, said: "Kids are using social media all the time ... then, when they get into school, they're suddenly asked to forget all about that and go back 10 years in terms of the types of media they're consuming. How do we expect kids to really engage with learning if we're talking to them in a way that has no relevance to their ordinary modes of communication?"

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