School Level Policy
Our most recent assignment had us explore the idea of a social media policy within our district or school. I was able to find the DCPS Student Safety and Use Policy for Internet and Technology (2009) which provides rules and guidelines for students. It is not however specifically geared toward social media usage. The only portion, from the policy, concerning this topic states:
"Students are prohibited from accessing social networking sites,
including, but not limited to, My Space, Facebook, and Twitter."
This is a very limited and outdated policy surrounding the idea of social media in schools. The policy that I have created is one that I plan to introduce at the school-level in the upcoming year. I think, more than anything, this will get the social media conversation heading in a positive direction.
I chose to create a policy for staff first, as this is an elementary school. I will propose the plan to administration and staff first, as it is a policy that applies to them. Once feedback is collected, by way of a Google Form, I plan to have our Academic Leadership Team revise and implement the plan. From here a student and parent policy can be created as deemed applicable. The plan will be reviewed on an annual basis that coincides with the Staff Handbook review. It may even be a good idea to adopt the plan into the handbook if acceptable by school leaders.
Here is my proposed Social Media Policy and Guidelines:
Anderson, S. (2012). How to create social media guidelines for your school. Edutopia. Retrieved from http://www.edutopia.org/how-to-create-social-media-guidelines-school
DCPS. (2009). DCPS student safety and use policy for internet and technology. Retrieved from http://dcps.dc.gov/sites/default/files/dc/sites/dcps/publication/attachments/DCPS-INTERNET-SAFETY-USE-POLICY-APRIL-7-2009.pdf
PBWorks. (2011). Social Media Guidelines for Schools. Retrieved from http://socialmediaguidelines.pbworks.com/w/page/17050879/FrontPage
Pajaro Valley Unified School District. (2012). PVUSD Social Media Policy. Retrieved from http://www.pvusd.net/tup
“The number one benefit of information technology is that it empowers people to do what they want to do. It lets people be creative. It lets people be productive. It lets people learn things they didn’t think they could learn before, and so in a sense it is all about potential.” ~Steve Ballmer
Module 3 of EdTech 501 asked that we explore the digital divide and digital inequality. We were tasked with finding examples of inequalities and possible solutions within our school or community. Our findings were then to be displayed in a presentation format, in this case, Haiku Deck. The digital tool for the presentation was chosen specifically to focus on effective multimedia principles.
Digital Divide & Inequality Presentation
First, I would like to touch on the use of Haiku Deck. This tool lends itself so well toward helping the creator exhibit effective multimedia usage. The tool allows limited words and images while also encouraging the author to write up detailed speaker notes. As writer Dustin Wise points out in his presentation tips, to use images to “make an abstract point more concrete”. I have found that it is always important to have a plan for a presentation. The creator can get lost in what they are trying to say if they have not taken the time to map out their plan or storyboard their message.
Prior to this assignment, I thought that I had a good handle on the digital divide and inequality. However, I learned that I was viewing them more interchangeably and static. I now understand that the digital divide is the separation, but the inequality is the inequitable access and experience. It is also a changing landscape and unfortunately as the divide lessens inequality grows. This is not to say that the divide isn’t an issue, but rather that inequality also needs to be addressed. Digital inequality is separate from the divide and potentially devastating to the future of individuals without an equal playing field.
Setting up a Google Scholar Alert will allow me to stay informed on this changing landscape. Throughout this course, I have been pleased to learn about the initiatives and strides my district is making by way of working toward digital equality. I plan to keep learning about my district’s plans for the future in the school and the city itself. With more time, I would have highlighted more about the programs that DC Public School is utilizing to further their Capital Commitment by 2017. I feel that a lot of possible solutions have been put into place for DCPS, and I plan to continue being involved and getting informed.
More Multimedia Tips via Dustin Wise