An article in yesterday’s New York Times captures the dilemma schools face as we encourage the use of more social media in our schools. Teachers, parents, and students use the new media as a primary form of communication so as a district we need to be sure that we enable our staff to use Facebook, Blogs, Google, Twitter, etc. in a manner consistent with the professional standards we set forth for both teachers and administrators. From my perspective, using social media is just another venue for communicating with the constituencies we serve. Whether we use social media or the more traditional newsletters to share information, we are all expected to maintain appropriate boundaries consistent with the professional position we hold and the responsibility we assume in the schools.
The new media present both a challenge and an opportunity enabling us to generate online conversations. Moving into these new venues, we need to be thoughtful about both the information we create and share and our capacity to manage a professional online environment that is not intermingled with our personal lives.
Yesterday’s New York Times article offers some food for thought for all of us as we encourage the use of the new media supporting a culture that fosters collaboration while protecting both students and teachers. If you are interested in reading the article, here’s the link: