During our seventh week in our Social Networking class, we were asked to explore Social Network Policies by:
- Exploring a variety of Social Media Policies
- Developing social media policies for our learning environment (in my case, my classroom).
- Ensure that our plan includes at least 10 policies & plans to share/get feedback from students, parents, teachers, staff, & community members.
- Post our strategies online via a blog post & class Facebook page.
- Explore & give feedback to our course PLN’s policies via the comments section of their Facebook post or their blog post.
Artifact #1: Social Media Guidelines
Artifact #2: Reflection
In order to create the social media policy for my classroom, I explored a variety of resources including the Boise School District’s Responsible Use of Technology, Access, and Digital Communication page since this is the District I currently work for. This is the closest document available to a social media policy and it served as a good starting place. Next, I visited Edutopia’s article How to Create Social Media Guidelines for your School and this helped to remind me to keep the policy connected to my own classroom culture and school environment. The Edutopia article linked to several helpful pages, one of my favorites was Intels’ Social Media Guidelines as they were surprisingly relevant to my own students and it made me realize adults needed some similar “guidelines” to abide by. Even more helpful was New York City’s Department of Education’s page on Social Media since this was much more specific in referring to Social Media and its use in classrooms. I particularly enjoyed looking through the Social Media Guidelines for Students Age 12 & Under since some of the guidelines were very applicable to my fourth-grade classroom and inspired some of my own policies.
Next year, when I use this Social Media Policy in my classroom. I will begin by asking my students to help develop our classroom policy, as with classroom rules, I feel this would be more effective if the students have ownership of it. After students have suggested ideas independently I may post them for students to see & open the dialogue to see if we could combine ideas. After we combine ideas, I would double check the ideas we have posted with the ones I listed above to ensure we’re not missing any important ideas. Finally, I would make this living document available to parents and administration for feedback, more heads are better than one & both parents and administration are vital members of this team.
Reflection of Learning/Standard Connection:
AECT Standard 3.1 Creating: In this assignment, I created an instructional design product (Social Media Policies) based on learning principles and research-based best practices that I researched.
Anderson, S. (2012). How to create social media guidelines for your school. Retrieved from https://www.edutopia.org/pdfs/edutopia-anderson-social-media-guidelines.pdf
Intel Social Media Guidelines. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/legal/intel-social-media-guidelines.html
Responsible Use of Technology, Access, and Digital Communication. (2015). Boise School District. Retrieved from: https://goo.gl/GfJ6kW
Social Media Guidelines for Students Age 12 & Under. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://schools.nyc.gov/NR/rdonlyres/C5A1F024-5B97-4894-92FA-078F50FF06B8/0/SMG12andYounger.pdf