At every school I have worked at I have seen teachers post photos of their students on their personal Facebook pages. I think using a student’s image on anything other than a school related or professionally related website is inappropriate. Also adding students as friends on your own personal networking page is also just asking for trouble.
On the TKI website it outlines how social media and social networking can help schools by:
- direct your parents and community back to more information on your website
- respond quickly to incidents and manage risks
- weave the school messages through online spaces that your community uses in ways that are relevant to them
- grow your understanding of how people use online tools to help you manage inappropriate communications or privacy settings.
All the schools I have worked at have a school Facebook page to post videos and photos daily these did not directly link into the school’s website. But, this leads me to question if Facebook really is an appropriate space for a school site. Is there really much difference between the school website and Facebook in the way of ethics and professionalism?
I think Apiti School has set up a well-designed online professional platform for parents, students, teachers and the community to engage with. In this clip the principal takes you through how they use their school website set up on Weebly. http://elearning.tki.org.nz/Ministry-initiatives/Connected-Learning-Advisory-service/Social-media I think how Apiti School has chosen to engage with the community brings together many things that I have tried implementing such as a classroom blog and Seesaw.
I think it’s important for schools to embrace social media as supported by the New Zealand Teacher Council here in this clip. https://vimeo.com/49216519. I think if set up properly where it is legally accessible by parents and students then even its better. I believe the age for Facebook is at least 13.
If I was to set up a page online to communicate with parents to share notices, events, reminders and students work I think a well set up school website can do this. I think a well thought out and designed school website is an appropriate place for communicating with the community.
From this website I do think using blogs for sharing student’s writing is a great tool to make their writing purposeful and is a great way to engage parents and students. These blogs can also have privacy settings on here for students to decide who they want to share it with.
I think having the student portfolios shared on this space as well as their reports (private of course) will also bring parents to this space and provide up to date evidence of their progress.
Teachers can share student’s photos and videos on their classroom blog. Some schools have this open to the public and others have an invite only option. Better than sharing photos of students on a classroom blog that is set up in a professional space as opposed to a Facebook page.