This podcast is a recording of the presentation “R U In My Space? Y Have A Social Media Policy Guideline?” at the NECC 2009 conference in Washington D.C. on July 1, 2009. Karen Montgomery and Wesley Fryer shared this presentation, along with Gina Hartman who joined us via Skype. Gina and Karen collaborated with others to create social media guidelines in spring 2009 for the Francis Howell School District in Saint Louis, Missouri. The official session description at NECC was: As school districts explore the use of social computing throughout the school day and as an approach to extend instruction, many educators are making the decision to create a wiki, publish video online, or to participate in blogging, social networking or virtual worlds. Social media guidelines encourage educators to participate in social computing and strive to create an atmosphere of trust and individual accountability. Teachers who must hide their online activity because of nonexistent social media guidelines risk losing their jobs and reputations. A better approach is to collaboratively develop a policy that is acceptable to administrators, school board members, teachers and parents allowing for involvement in the global conversation in which many are contributing. (end of description) Please join our Facebook group, linked in the podcast shownotes. This is an important conversation which needs to take place with students, teachers, and parents in all our schools.

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Show Notes:

  1. Social Media Guidelines for Educators Facebook Group
  2. Karen’s Social Media Guidelines for Educators wiki resource page
  3. Slide deck from this presentation (PPTX format)
  4. Francis Howell School District Social Media Guidelines Wiki – Current Project Page
  5. IBM Social Computing Guidelines
  6. Karen Montgomery on Twitter
  7. Karen Montgomery’s blog, Gomeric Hill
  8. Wesley Fryer on Twitter
  9. Wesley Fryer’s blog, Moving at the Speed of Creativity

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