In May, the T.H.E. Journal, an online magazine dedicated to advancing the K-12 learning process through the use of technology, will dedicate its monthly issue to “Security: Schools that Use FB and YouTube: How Do They Keep Safe? (How Did They Convince Their Boards?)”.
There’s no doubt this is a critical topic for district and school administrators, technologists, and educators nationwide and even globally. With the advent of Bring Your Own Device (BYOD), 1:1 computing initiatives and the explosion of social media sites and their adoption by students, battening down the security hatches at schools has never been more important or more challenging. While it is certain that incorporating technology into school curricula in a positive way is a trend that will continue to grow, it is just as certain that attempts to introduce dangerous content, circumvention techniques allowing students to evade school Web filters, botnets and other bad elements are also growing exponentially.
That’s why the topic the T.H.E. Journal will pursue in May coincides nicely with some recent news concerning YouTube EDU’s relatively new YouTube for Schools Service and the release of iPrism Web Security v7.0. In case you missed the news release on this topic, it addresses iPrism’s native support of YouTube for Schools and was crafted with participation by EdgeWave and YouTube EDU. Now schools and districts can protect their students and networks with comprehensive assurance and still take advantage of the valuable free services YouTube EDU offers teachers and students.
According to YouTube EDU, their educational library holds more than 500,000 videos and that number keeps growing. Videos are categorized into playlists, along common core standards pertaining to grade level and topic, allowing teachers to easily establish a collection of videos that fits their curricula needs. These educational videos are from well-known organizations such as Stanford, PBS and TED, as well as from newer YouTube partners like Khan Academy, Steve Spangler Science and Numberphile. Using iPrism 7.0’s custom filter option, IT administrators can easily configure the iPrism Web Filter to allow the YouTube for Schools service, while blocking any non-authorized YouTube content and thwarting any attempts to access such content via circumvention techniques.
Here’s what YouTube EDU has to say about this service and iPrism support:
“There’s enormous appetite from teachers to use educational YouTube videos in the classroom. We’ve been working on technology solutions to make it easier for schools to access just the videos from within YouTube EDU,” said Angela Lin, Head of Education at YouTube. “Smart technology like EdgeWave’s will make it easier for busy school IT administrators to enable access to YouTube EDU, giving teachers an engaging new resource to educate and inspire their students and bring learning to life.”
It should be noted that EdgeWave’s iPrism Web Filtering solution was originally developed – more than 15 years ago — for the education market and has a strong track record with K-12 schools. EdgeWave has long supported school Web safety and CIPA requirements and this new release of iPrism v7.0, which was announced just yesterday, continues that commitment. Many iPrism features are aimed at mitigating the threats schools face such as Web 2.0 applications, circumvention attempts and remote and roaming users who access the school network. Added support for YouTube EDU furthers EdgeWave’s commitment to schools
Here are some links to learn more about iPrism Web Filter 7.0 and support for YouTube for Schools.