However, every school has an area like that for a reason and I can imagine that teachers would want to share things they don't want their students to see (yet). I have the feeling that people might object to this because it has this 'closed area of the forum' feeling to it.
As far as I am aware, GZ is not a 'school' in the sense of classrooms and staffrooms. If people don't want others to see their materials
yet, then don't post them! How many teachers are about to put materials on this site anyway?- emails and personal messages should
suffice for now.
Having an educational section to the Forum is a very commendable idea, but I feel that it should be as inclusive as possible. People
should not be scared away, nor should they be brassed off by any hint of a two-tier Forum.
To what extent should materials be available? There must be countless video clips that could be useful for educational purposes. Should
we just put links, or have a more organised system by using software such as Moodle to have a distinct educational library where
videos, audio or other links could be put directly. This would need server space, but not a huge amount by GZ standards. Then,
anyone with a password could put a, say, video clip which others could then use. This would keep the main bulk of materials away
from the Forum, thus helping a clearer set of links: "Go here to GZ@Moodle to see a range of video clips that are useful." This enables
cooperative learning- people can put materials there as they wish, but as long as its not videos of Glastonbury 2009, a useful
library could be built up. Copyright is always a problem, but no-one is making money...Permission can be sought...All in the name
of learning. http://moodle.org/