reply to post by ofhumandescent
Wake up and look around you observe the upper corners of walls, there are cameras everywhere now. And yes there is now debating about putting cameras
in the classroom. Cisco Security has a large contract with some of the major college campuses right now.
Hi, ofhumandescent. It's funny you posted the Cisco info because I have spoken with my daughter's principal and that name came up. Our
conversation was very strange and I was left with a feeling of suspicion over the whole thing.
First off, I confirmed that these are NOT flat screen t.v.'s, they are monitors according to the principal. She says Cisco Corp. is the company
installing the equipment, which will eventually go in every classroom in the district. This company is also working with the school district
developing what she describes as "new technologies with a lot of different capabilities."
In answering my inquiry about what these capabilities will be, she appeared nervous. She stuttered and her answers were, for the most part vague.
She says the district was going to use the monitors to "relay important announcements and messages" to teachers in their classroom. In addition they
are supposed to be used for viewing training sessions for the teachers so they don't have to travel off campus to attend seminars and training
meetings. She again reiterated that there was "much more" that they were going to be capable of doing with the monitors, but when I asked her to
site examples, she said, "I don't really know...I'm not a technical person." In addition, I asked her to site an example of an "important
message" that might be sent to the classrooms over these monitors, given the fact the school already utilizes an intercom system in each classroom
for this purpose. She changed the subject!
I told her my daughter's teacher had mentioned the these monitors were going to be used to observe the classroom via webcam, citing his "Big
Brother is going to be watching us now and then" comment and how a pop up screen would show on the monitor when they were being observed. She said
"Oh, no we won't be doing that." In fact, she said webcams were not involved . . . .
YET, ODDLY ENOUGH . . . there is a WEBCAM attached directly to the monitor which is clearly visible (this I did not know until after my conversation
with her). Either she is not being truthful, or the full scope of these "capabilities" has yet to be divulged.
As for the comment by my daughter's teacher, her response was, "He must have misunderstood what the monitors are for." ???????????
How do you mistake training videos for teachers for "Big Brother monitoring the classroom via webcam?"
I'm trying to do some research into this Cisco Corp. to see what they're about and I will post my findings in a while.
In the meantime, the reason I am concerned about this situation is...
1.Students from other classrooms have also been led to believe by their teachers that these monitors are for surveillance purposes
2. The principal's demeanor gave me the impression there was more to the story than she was admitting.
3. Webcams are present on the monitors after the principal told me there were none.
4. It makes me wonder if they are, indeed, planning to surveil the classrooms, do they intend on keeping this fact from the parents?
5. I'm curious what the extent of these technologies will be and now they will effect my child
6. I find it strange that if one of the primary function of this monitor will be to allow a teacher to view training sessions and seminars, why
purchase one for every single classroom given the state of the economy. When will the teachers be viewing these training sessions.....during class
when they're supposed to be teaching? Why not purchase a couple of the monitors and place them somewhere where they can be used by all the teachers?
Why do these "urgent messages " need to be played over a monitor as opposed to an intercom?
To me, the whole thing seems odd.