This week we will be focusing on ISTE Educators Standard 3d: Educators model and promote management of personal data and digital identity and protect student data privacy.

It’s all about finding balance with our digital presence. You will reflect on how educators can maintain privacy while still contributing in a meaningful way to online communities. This may be different depending on where you are in the world, and the limitations you face in your particular school.

For example, some schools have restrictions or policies surrounding how we share student work. You may also face specific guidelines surrounding how you express your opinions while still representing your school. You may want to consider exploring the policy (or lack thereof) your school has when it comes to social media. If your school doesn’t have a policy surrounding social media and online sharing, what might you consider as a series of guidelines for both professional and student sharing in online spaces?

After all, sharing classroom experiences has proven to be worthwhile in building connections beyond school walls. By sharing and learning from others in social media spaces, students build empathy and global understandings. As an educator, I have gained so much from my PLN and share frequently while still abiding by some best practices like not sharing the personal information of students. This is definitely a worthwhile topic in an ever increasingly connected online world.

Things to remember this week:

  • By the end of this week, you will want to have 3 blog posts and 3 comment links posted in your gradesheet. We have a little extra time for this course so just let me know if you are running behind.
  • Please see the email Lissa sent about Blog size and IP addresses if you haven’t already done so for some important information about your blog moving forward.
  • If you have any issues with the website just let us know and we will do our best to help!