Wednesday, May 2, 2012
(HYPERBOLE ALERT) "Pandoragate" Rocks BHS
Being in a school that allows access to most web-based resources is certainly a huge benefit to being a staff member or student at BHS. Unfortunately, we take for granted that our internet has a saturation point that can cause things to bog down for users if we are using too many applications that stream video and/or audio. So yesterday, there was a decision made by our tech folks that took Pandora off the table (at least temporarily).
As soon as this happened a steady stream of tweets hit the #bhschat hashtag (check some of them out below) asking what hat happened and pleading for Pandora's return. The decision to block Pandora is not to limit access or to punish anyone for something that someone did wrong. The reason we are now blocking the popular music site (as our System Administrator Bob Cunha explains above) is to free up internet access for staff members in other schools who all get their access from the servers at BHS. This should be rectified next year when a new line goes live at Marshall Simonds Middle School.