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EDTECH 543: Social Media Policies

For this activity I was able to look through some of our school’s conduct code.  Our school’s stance on social media is very simple…it’s not allowed.  We use Schoology as our learning management tool.  This gives a social media feel without offering the temptations for distraction.  That being said I wrote policies for a school that uses more than simply the LMS they have selected.  Steven Anderson wrote in his article “it is important to understand the prevailing beliefs about social media in your community”.  Looking at our school the system is good for connecting with parents, however we are seeing more social media use inside individual classrooms.  Classroom Instagram accounts are documenting notes or procedures, some classes are using twitter to chat with other classes across the world about topics they are studying.  Teachers are challenging students to retell stories they are studying using a single tweet or a Vine, causing students to really focus on the important pieces.

This is the first draft of my social media policy.  These will go before my MS tech coach team as well as to our principal for final approval.  I have included a slideshow to enhance the presentation of the policies when presenting to students.  This way students can have more than just the list to remember what is appropriate or not.

  1. Acceptable Use Policy Must be Signed before students can have access to school network.
  2. Students must use the school’s wifi when in the building.
  3. Students must use only School sponsored sites (Schoology, G+ Communities, Class Instagram and Twitter accounts)
  4. Cheating is not allowed
  5. Assume everything is public: Think before you post!
  6. Negative or inappropriate comments will be removed and have consequences
  7. Teachers have the ability to integrate other social medias within a controlled setting (classroom accounts for instagram, twitter, blogs, etc.)
  8. Social Media will be used under supervision of teachers or Library staff.  Students may not be on un-approved social media (facebook, twitter, instagram etc.) between classes or in the hallway.
  9. Students comply with copyright laws, citing guidelines and school policy on plagiarism
  10. Actions online can be punished as stated in the student conduct code.

Slide Show:

References:

Anderson, S. (2012, May 7). How to Create Social Media Guidelines for Your School. Retrieved November 3, 2015, from http://www.edutopia.org/how-to-create-social-media-guidelines-school

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Edtech 543: Social Networks in the Classroom

Here is the link to my curation of Social Network Case Studies

This week the activity was to research different ways that social networking is being used in the classroom.  For the purpose of this activity (and many in the past) I am taking on the role of technology coach.  The studies that I have included in my page were related to a diverse collection of grades and subjects.

Tweets from Clark– This video shows how a class twitter account of Clark the lizard helps students in their reading, writing and presentation practice.

Digital Pen Pals-  This classroom was using Skype as a way to connect with students in South America with students in the US to help with conversational Spanish.

The Case for Social Media in the Classroom: 

This article shows the use of Edublogs in the classroom.  From this reading it was very clear how students were inspired to write more using blogs because of the potential audience that they were writing to.

Antigone on Facebook

This project was a HS literature project that was adapting “Antigone” using facebook and blogs.  This was an experience that students could follow to help build a greater understanding of the play.

These case studies and more within my Annotary curation provide excellent ideas for how social media can be integrated into the classroom.  From what I found, Twitter, Facebook, Blogs, and Instagram were all popular apps that could be used within any subject or classroom.

I found the information that we used inspiring, bringing more ideas into my classroom and into the classrooms of my colleagues.  As i reflect on these activities, the main trend I am seeing is educators who are willing to step outside the box, try something new and see where social media can take them.

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