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Social Media Policy

Why did you choose to create a social media policy?

I wanted to share a social media policy online because, well, quite frankly, if a few people are operating in a bubble online, the larger Internet culture will eventually affect those that I am trying to educate; the Internet’s norms will take over and my work would be for not. But if I view this work as something that can support all people, or at least one other school, then I have done my part in spreading positive use of something that is rapidly changing and growing.

I chose social media because I feel that technology is outpacing society. That is, things like social media are rapidly growing, changing, and evolving to the point that we don’t necessarily know how what we believe and how we should best use them. I notice that kids at my school now sometimes use social media in ways that I would like to shape, but without a policy in place, how can we have a common set of expectations for all members of the community?

How was this final project different from or similar to other learning experiences you have designed?

I found this learning experience similar to other online programs that I have taken in the sense that it was about applying the learning to a very practical situation.

The learning that I did in Course 2 was constantly helpful; as I went through the reading, I found that I was always jumping between the reading/materials and the social media policy. I would often find a connection that I thought would be helpful to include. I found something each week that was great! Three of my stand out pieces were the Educator Toolkit, everything by Scott McLeod, and my classmate Ryan who has really been there to bounce ideas off of. I think Ryan’s availability and eagerness to discuss things with me regularly has been one of elements that has best facilitated this experience. We were able to use his own documents to initiate the project, but really adapt them as we went through course 2.

Implementation

Beyond seeing that people adhere to the policy, I’d like to see that it is a living document. It would be wonderful to see that it is well-received and that people want to own it in the sense that they can adapt it, add to it, and remodel it to make the school environment meaningful and supportive for everyone.

Without further ado, I give you our 2019-2020 Social Media Policy for School Community Members, Version 1.0. Please click the image above to visit its Google Doc.

Thank you!

2 Comments

  • Alex,
    Great work on the social media policy. I really liked how you all started out with trust – it’s something I haven’t seen in many policies but sets a really nice tone for the rest of the document.
    How would you address the posting of student work or images on “professional” social media accounts? Many teachers have professional Twitter accounts that share all kinds of student work and images – is their a difference between a professional account and a personal account? I’ve been debating that myself as well and our school’s SM policy doesn’t offer much clarification.

    • Hi Matt,

      Thank you for your kind words. I think the policy might have a ways to go, but it was the beginning of some thinking and I suppose a different approach. Could all school members be held to the same standards on the way SM is used?

      In my mind when someone has a personal or a professional account both should take into consideration children’s images and whether or not the poster has permission. I don’t necessarily see a distinction between them. I ran into an interesting gray zone with student news. The students were broadcasting their faces live on YouTube with permission from their families. So that does that mean that I have permission to share their work online as well? In my mind, it’s OK because it’s a public forum with permission from the children and families. I suppose that it’s when a teacher snaps a photo of students working and hasn’t asked permission and does a quick write up about what’s happening at school that I would be mindful of…

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