Legal Tweets: Balancing the Promise of Social Media and Its Implications in Schools


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Legal Tweets: Balancing the Promise of Social Media and Its Implications in Schools

  1. 1. Legal Tweets Balancing the Promise of Social Media and Its Implications in SchoolsMonday, May 7, 2012
  2. 2. First a Tweet...Monday, May 7, 2012
  3. 3. Elements embedded Important facts Context/history Stakeholders Remedies/Action PlanMonday, May 7, 2012
  4. 4. Change due to the Net Role of teacher from expert to facilitator Students are digital natives Conflict is inevitable-legal resolutionMonday, May 7, 2012
  5. 5. Student Expression Tinker Armbands OK as long as they do not “substantially interfere with the operation of the school”. Bethel Sexual innuendo is ok. Layshock Upheld rights of students to set up fake MySpace accounts. Supreme Court: not yet on social media.Monday, May 7, 2012
  6. 6. Banning is not the solution “We live in an amazing age of global travel and communications, which explorers like Lewis & Clark probably never imagined could exist. The information landscape today is similar to an amazing buffet of food: Full of choices, fraught with challenges, and ripe with opportunities. Like the ocean, the Internet can be a dangerous place but also an extremely engaging and fun destination. Just like responsible parents who teach their children to swim in the ocean and make good decisions when they are in and on it, as educators we need to help our students learn to safely and effectively use the Internet in constructively powerful ways.” (Fryer, 2006)Monday, May 7, 2012
  7. 7. Instead: Teach students how to use social media THEN: Children’s Internet Protection Act (2000) Required for e-rate NOW THE WORLD HAS CHANGED: Social Media, Mobile Technologies “Education, not mandatory blocking and filtering, is the best way to protect and prepare America’s students.” (from ISTE)Monday, May 7, 2012
  8. 8. Use of Social Media by Educators Employers Checking out Potential Employees Digital footprintMonday, May 7, 2012
  9. 9. Abby’s Social Media TimelineMonday, May 7, 2012
  10. 10. Abby’s Social Media Timeline The first commercial dial-up Internet provider was launched the year she was born. She was a year old when the first web site was created Four when the first popular web browser, Netscape Navigator was released, and Eight years old when Google launched. 11 years old when Wikipedia was born. 14 when Facebook launched. 16 when the first Tweet was delivered in 2006. 17 when The iPhone was the biggest innovation of 2007.Monday, May 7, 2012
  11. 11. Still, employers have to be careful Maryland Dept. of Corrections: "Do you have any web page accounts such as Facebook, MySpace, etc.?  If so, list your username and password." Monday, May 7, 2012
  12. 12. Complaining about your employer Stein Case Given “other than honorable discharge” for negative comments re: Obama Role of NLRB Usually rules in favor of employee and is stretching into non-Union arenas. From Section 7 of the NLRB Act in 1935. OK to use social media to criticize employers.Monday, May 7, 2012
  13. 13. Getting the Word Out Facebook comments from citizens Protected by First and 14th Amendment Bottom line-be ready to deal with criticism if you open up the avenue.Monday, May 7, 2012
  14. 14. Teacher’s PLN Be Careful! Christina Rubino lost job for saying on FB: “After today, I am thinking the beach sounds like a wonderful idea for my 5th graders! I HATE THEIR GUTS! They are the devils (sic) spawn!” The Court remanded the case back to NYDOEMonday, May 7, 2012
  15. 15. Leader’s Action Plan Districts must develop rigorous and appropriate PD. Districts must develop sound social media policies. Leaders need to monitor changing Federal policy and legal decisions. In the midst of a positive approach to the promise of social media, leaders must be aware of pitfalls that can trounce the educational potential of technology.Monday, May 7, 2012
  16. 16. Twitter Anyone out there?Monday, May 7, 2012