Facebook Foolishness

There was a lot of history to digest while reading Chapter 11 in Educational Technology: A Definition with Commentary. However, there is a reason for history, we don’t want to repeat ourselves. Often times people do not learn from something until they encounter the situation. When we make the mistake, we learn from it and determine how we will not make it happen again in the future.

We have an AUP (Acceptable Use Procedure) video we are required to watch at the beginning of each school year. It speaks a lot about these Codes of Ethics with technology specifically. However, many of the ethics topics  are also within the video. In the past, we watched this as a whole faculty and staff to be sure everyone watched it. We even had to sign a paper for the district saying yes, we were present when the school showed it. The district was pretty adamant that it was part of our beginning of the year procedure. It helped, many people had questions about parts of it and we could go into discussion about various topics. Now, it is part of a checklist and we watch it individually. We miss that part of discussing and clarifying so people truly understand acceptable use. After reading this chapter, I advocate that we watch it as a school again.

This small research topic helped me to dig into the situation of social media and our district. Our district encourages teachers to use Twitter and other social media for Professional purposes. For example, they want teachers to showcase the work in the classroom, share ideas, collaborate, and celebrate the successes. However, we have had individuals that are discussing work related issues on Facebook, whether it is with a staff member or students. It is a personal account, but these negative comments can have an impact on their job with the district.

Facebook Foolishness – Code of Professional Ethics