I asked your building rep to put a copy of an article in your mailbox entitled “Not so private: Know the pitfalls of Facebook and other social media.” The article appeared in NYSUT United back in February and outlines some common sense guidelines for educators who use social media. READ THE ARTICLE ONLINE HERE
As you know, I’m sort of a social media junkie (www.twitter.com/cnyteacher). This article isn’t meant to be a passive aggressive jab at one member by addressing the whole group (I can’t stand that type of communication). I wanted to give you a head’s up that this conversation is taking place at our regional NYSUT conferences and at the NYSUT mother-ship in Albany. Have a look and feel free to share it with your colleagues.
Social media is a powerful tool which is at the root of the next wave of collaboration in schools, the Personal Learning Network. PLNs are the next step after PLCs; it’s about the teacher’s personal network of professionals and resources, the unique background that all of you bring to the table, and your individual passions and expertise. Where do you get your news, what blogs and journals do you read on a regular basis, who do you consider your inspirations and mentors in your career, why are you in the business to begin with? Each of you has a network like this, I want to encourage all of you to start bringing that resource to the classroom and conference room.
If you’re curious about Twitter, check out The Truth About Twitter, get an account (it’s easy and less wrapped up than Facebook), and follow @CNYTeacher (www.twitter.com/cnyteacher). You’ll like the “just the facts” format, and you can also access Twitter during the day from your school computer or cell/smart phone.
Email me if you have any questions or want to share your thoughts. Don’t forget to check out the WDEA website periodically for more news and info. http://www.WDEA3115.org