I’ll start by saying, ‘Shame on The Canadian Press and shame on cbc.ca’, I thought this was a news source I could rely on. Next, I’ll say, ‘Shame on me’, since I reacted publicly, based on a single secondary source for information, and I did not go to the main source. As an educator who makes great efforts to use social media in appropriate ways, I feel embarrassed that I contributed in disseminating exaggerated and miss-informed hype! I will learn from this, hopefully others will too.
Here is a link to what I said yesterday: An open letter to the Ontario College of Teachers re: Social Media Fears
But what was of greatest concern to me was the message to ‘not use’ social networks with students, and that is not the case!
The Ontario College of Teachers DID NOT say teachers should avoid connecting with their students on Facebook or Twitter.
Here is a great video they have created:
While I could nitpick and suggest some minor changes, I think that the advisory does an excellent job of saying three key things:
1. Interact with students appropriately
2. Understand privacy concerns
3. Act professionally
And, they offer sound advice that will help teachers both think about, and understand, that their digital communication is public and therefore needs to be professional.
Here is the actual advisory:
I will end in saying, ‘well done’ to the Ontario College of Teachers!
And again, my apologies.
ps. Special thanks to Ontario teacher Lorna Costantini @lornacost for questioning the news article’s interpretation and for pointing me to the sources provided above.