add the ability for a teacher to see if a website is available under a specific policy
When teachers are preparing a lesson plan it would be very useful for them to be able to test and see if a url is available for their students.
We have teachers getting caught out in a lesson because they have chosen a website as a resource and it is actually blocked for their students.
If teachers could check ahead of time it would save embarrassment in the classroom and mean that appropriate resources are being given to students first go.
Katelyn Sheehan commented
I am also a science teacher, and an educational technologist. Oftentimes I have my student complete hyperdoc assignments (also known similarly as WebQuests), and sometimes they are not able to access websites. Like others on this thread, I don't find this out until it is too late.
More specifically, I often send them to .JPG or similar photo URLs to analyze for an assignment, and they are unable to view it, which means I have to re-configure my whole lesson/assignment, wasting my time and my students' time.
As a science teacher, I am often dismayed during the first period of the day when valid websites that we would like to share with 7th grade science scholars are blocked.
Please vote yes on this, we need to be able to test sites before planning the day's lesson.