End to YouTube Missouri misery
ApplianSys is pleased to announce that Lewis County School District (LCSD) in Missouri, USA, has chosen CACHEBOX to deliver critical classroom videos and eliminate content management headaches.
LCSD’s 250Mbps bandwidth connection handles around 800 student devices for its elementary and high schools. In the classroom, YouTube videos play a crucial role in enriching students’ learning experience.
However, associated or “recommended” videos often distracted students during class time, as they wandered off specific class topics.
Many videos contained inappropriate comments or content the district had no control over – creating safety issues for students and liabilities for the district. For Tech Director Susan Moore, it was a management nightmare.
- Tech teams couldn’t lock down YouTube because this would prevent students from accessing enriching learning content.
- Teachers could play a video in front of the entire class, but this restricted the district’s goal to achieve independent e-learning
- Teachers would have to make a whitelist request to the tech teams each time they wanted YouTube videos available for individual students. This workflow quickly became unmanageable.
Frustrated, Susan posted about the issue on a message board. Recognising the exact same problem he overcame, neighbouring Tech Director Dan Shelton at Southwest Barry SD recommended CACHEBOX.
CACHEBOX allows the district to block YouTube entirely for students. At the same time, its Media Library feature allows teachers to prepare and manage hand-selected content, which students can instantly access – without any ads and distracting / inappropriate content.
“Many Technology Directors lean towards restricting or blocking YouTube due to the liability associated with undesirable content being exposed to the minors they’re responsible for protecting. They’re torn between their desire to deliver modern engaging classroom experience, and their duty to state and local safety demands.”
“CACHEBOX’s Media Library provides the perfect solution by delivering relevant content even in environments where YouTube is 100% blocked for students. It eliminates the headache of controlling content using processes that are costly in both wasted lesson planning time and unnecessary IT resource.
“Now, if LCSD’s teachers discover a video to use 5 minutes before class, they can add it to CACHEBOX’s Media Library themselves, making it accessible to student in moments,” comments ApplianSys Senior Sales Executive Sergio Villegas.
Lewis County C-I School District is a public school district in rural North-West Missouri, located between the small townships of Lewistown and Ewing, less than 10 miles from the Mississippi River. It has an elementary and high school, with a student population of over 900.