This week we had to examine the important topic of social media policy. The activity was informative, instructional and, in my case I hope, beneficial to our school. Our school does not currently have a policy and so what I have written will become the starting point for an actual policy. We have a new Director of E-Learning in the school and he was enthusiastic that the document that I created could be the starting point for a school document. In that respect, I have stuck to a format which will be easy to modify, edit and change – and which also fits with current school policy structures.
I really wanted to finish it and use some kind of graphic program to make a cool looking poster, image. No reason, just my desire to create things which appeal to students. However, that would have been wasted time because the document will need to undergo a lot of changes. So I stuck to Google docs this time. When it is finished, I will ask if I can make it look appealing. This is important stuff and so I want all stakeholders to look at it and think, ‘yup, I’m gonna read that.’
I can’t say that creating the actual document was a lot of fun. Not because it was difficult or overwhelming – I have written numerous school policies over the last 16 years. . . but because I didn’t like doing it on my own. I feel that the initial creation of a policy is always better or stronger if it is done with others. You come to the table prepared and work collaboratively to shape the document. It is more difficult if the document you share for feedback is largely the work of one person. If I was to change anything about this assignment, I would have enjoyed doing it with perhaps one other person. Using social media to connect and share would have been a nice touch. That said, these feelings are totally personal to me and my style of learning and working.
I have created a pretty simple document because it will need to grow and change. I have phrased headings under positive, ‘Be’ statements to give some structure. There is a lot still to add, I am aware of that. However, I know that what I have started will hopefully grow into a strong, dynamic, school policy and ethos which will help to guide all members of our community in their online interactions and use of social media.
As always, comments are very much appreciated.
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