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If you are ready to take action, just the image to go here http://bit.ly/netneutral4ed
You may have heard of Net Neutrality and know that it will affect your entertainment, but do you know that net neutrality is an important education issue in a democratic society and is even more important to our students and children than it is to us as teachers and parents?
The FCC's servers recently crashed under the weight of the volume of comments. However, your voice is still needed.
Here is why teachers and students and parents should:
We are on in the midst of an age as monumental as any in human history. The free and open internet is creating entrepreneurial and educational opportunities for our children. If net neutrality had not existed, Khan Academy may never have become a thing. Your child may be the next Sal Khan, or you child may NEED the next Sal Khan. Either way, we cannot afford to slow this change and close down these opportunities.
If you think the printing press was big, you have no idea where we are headed thanks to the internet. If net neutrality is stopped, that will jeaopardize the gains we are making and have made toward open educational and entrepreneurial opportunites such as described here in this recent speech at the Harvard Business School Graduation (Skip to minute 6:00 for the heart of the talk as it relates to this issue:
Click here to submit your comments on Net Neutrality (14-28)
If the link does not open to an Express page where you can submit a comment into a text box under your name and address, then select the words ECFS express at the top then select 14-28
Here is a ready-made comment you can take or adjust to your situation and beliefs:
As an educator who believes in the power of an open internet for both the current education and future entrepreneurship opportunities of our students, I support net neutrality. Thank you.
Here is the humorous but factual explanation (somewhat crude, but bleeped) that inspired the FCC server crash: (even though I highly disagree with him about the value of Caillou)
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Lisa Gurthie is the PD facilitator at Piedmont IB Middle School. She specializes in tech and arts integration, interdisciplinary holistic education, and unschooling school to reconnect academia to real life. One day she will modernize her "about" page. She curates this blog for the professional development convenience of the teachers at Piedmont, but the editorial comments are her own.