Our district subscribes to Discovery Education Streaming, an excellent collection of video and other resources for instruction at just about any level and for almost any topic.
We’ve made it available to teachers for a couple of years now and most of them love the materials and use the service constantly.
However, our IT department this week sent out a message asking that our middle and high schools not use the site from now until June 13th.
Because for the next month those students will be taking the state standardized tests (the SOL’s in our local vernacular) online and, when you have limited bandwidth, it must be reserved for high priority activities.
And nothing gets a higher priority in American education than testing.