Digital Ctizenship Message - Nov/Dec 2013


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NPSD Technology Director Robin Lutcher shares resources on social media tools.

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  • As an introduction to Dr. Mazza’s work with social media and connected learning, the following slides will review some basic guidelines for using social media.
  • It is recommended that staff maintain a separate account for communication with colleagues. Personal information such as vacation pictures, family news, etc. should be shared with family and friends away from the office using a separate site. Be mindful of district policies and regulations when using social sites to interface with parents, staff and students. These are all posted on the district web-site.More and more professionals are referring to social media sites as a reference tool. It is an expectation that professionals are connected using at least one social media site such as Linked In or Twitter. Professional development opportunities are abundant from social networking sites. Use these sites to publish your work, communicate with others, collaborate on projects and learn from others. If interfacing with students using social media, make sure to notify parents. Also be aware of the common age restriction of 13 or older for most sites. Currently our district policies and regulations permit use of Edmodo for connecting with students. Twitter is available for all staff to communicate with other staff and parents.
  • DO - Use a combination of capital letters, lower case letters, numbers and possibly special characters. Your password should have an element of complexity and should be changed regularly. DO - Become familiar with the privacy settings for each of the social media sites and use them. Be aware that these can change or be reset, so it is a good idea to check on them regularly.Do - Make sure the social media site uses a secure setting – HTPPSDO - You do not have to accept invitation to connect or friend others. Check them first. DO - Make sure anything that is sent to you is malware and virus free. Also check for validlity and appropriateness. DO - Update your account on a regular basisDO - Proof read before you post. Once it is sent you cannot get it back
  • Don’t - Share your password with anyone. Keep your password private. Complexity is important so others cannot guess your password. Remember to log out of the site and do not set an automatic password if you are using a computer that is also used by others. Don’t – Post personal information. Share only as much information as you need to. Remember you do not know who is on the other end of a post or email. As you share information you are building your online reputation and footprint. It cannot be erased. Once it is out there, it is permanent. Don’t – Post in anger or without thinking. Think and rethink before you post. Keep in mind that others can share your information once you have posted it. You do not know where it will end up. Don’t – Assume everyone thinks the same way. Not everyone shares the same sense of humor or background. Be careful with written text and how it will be received by others.
  • Digital Ctizenship Message - Nov/Dec 2013

    2. 2. SOCIAL MEDIA
    3. 3. FOR STAFF . . . • Keep your personal and professional accounts separate. • Adhere to your school district policies • Publish – Communicate – Collaborate – Learn • If using in the classroom, be aware of age restrictions. Notify parents. Social Media Safety for Kids
    4. 4. WHEN USING SOCIAL MEDIA APPLICATIONS . . . DO 1. Use a strong password 2. Use Privacy Settings 3. Use HTTPS 4. Verify Friend Requests 5. Verify links, email, attachments, etc. sent to you 6. Investigate what information any 3rd party add-on will have access to 7. Update you account 8. Proof read before you post
    5. 5. WHEN USING SOCIAL MEDIA APPLICATIONS . . . Don’t 1. Share your password 2. Share any more personal information than you absolutely have to 3. Upload anything you would not want EVERYONE to see 4. Be inappropriate or rude