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.
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.