Instructable blocked at my school

Instructables is blocked at my school. I had it unblocked at one point, and since then it is again blocked. How do I convince the higher ups, principal and IT personnel, that this is a website that the school should be able to access. I teach at a school that teaches high school age students trades like welding, culinary arts, carpentry, graphic design, automotive technology, machine tool, metal fab, masonry, business, nursing, agriculture, and cosmetology. I think I hit all the classes. Instructables would be a great site for students or classes to showcase their work.

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ehudwill (author) 5 years ago
I shared with my assistant director about Instructables and the possibility of using them with senior projects and the site is now unblocked at my school!
ioncat4 years ago
Can't you just use a proxy or something?
ehudwill (author)  ioncat4 years ago
I have thought about that, but if I want students to be able to use it then I don't want to give them a way to get into the more inappropriate places on the web.
ehudwill (author) 5 years ago
Thanks for everyone's suggestions and helpful comments!
Toga_Dan5 years ago
You might pick the best of this contest as examples.

I wonder if the site was deliberately blocked, or if it fell under a broader categorical block. Seems too that teachers ought to have access to some sites that are blocked for students. Admin might, for instance be concerned about student access to -ibles about how to make weapons.
Kiteman5 years ago
Instructables is very keen to get into schools, and is working on resources for teachers in a number of subjects.

If you want to send me* the contact details of your school (pricipal's name, email address etc), and your real name, then I will happily email them to request that the blocks be lifted, and explain the usefulnes of the site to educators.

*By PM.
ehudwill (author)  Kiteman5 years ago
Okay, I will try myself and see if I can convince them. If not I may call you for backup. Thanks for offering.
caitlinsdad5 years ago
You might want to PM canida to see what ibles HQ does for educators. Maybe they have a press kit or have contacts in other schools that can help do the convincing. Good luck.
ehudwill (author)  caitlinsdad5 years ago
Thanks. I will look into it.