The NCTE have changed their filtering for broadband connections. This means that schools will now be able to access essential web sites such as YouTube and blogs. This will be welcome news to teachers who have had to download good YouTube clips to USB keys before showing them to their class.
The new filtering now has six levels of security. These are:
Level 1: (This level is the same as the existing Level B) This is the most restricted level and only allows access to ‘Scoilnet’ and other educational websites, and is used by a small number of schools
Level 2: This new level allows acces to the same websites as ‘level A’ but with the ‘Games’ category blocked.
Level 3: This level is the same as the existing Level A, and is currently used by the vast majority of schools.
Level 4: This new level allows acces to the same websites as level 3 but allows access to ‘youtube’, ‘personal storage category’ and other similar types of sites.
Level 5: This new level allows access to the same websites as level 4 but allows access to ‘personal websites category’, and other similar types of sites, such as WordPress blogs etc.
Level 6: This new level allows access to the same websites as level 5 but allows access to ‘personal relationships category’ including Social Networking sites and other similar types of sites.
Whenever the NCTE provide broadband to my school, (yes we’re still waiting!), we’ll be going for Level 6. For schools who wish to change their levels for broadband, please contact the NCTE service desk on 1800 33 44 66 [email protected]