Didn’t we all learn at a young age to share?
When is it NOT the right thing to do?
Well in this week’s debate the teams presented their arguments For or Against “Openness and sharing in our schools is unfair to our kids”. I have thought about this topic before as I have had a “Class Blog” for the past few years where I would post photos of students during various activities at school in order for parents to see what was happening in our class. This article shared from the “Agree” side brings up some ideas about the ownership of the photos that teachers or even parents are taking at school events. My school division requires us to get a “Media Release” signed by the parents of our students but does that document cover ALL of the possible ways that “Media” is being used on a daily basis? Who has the right to share images or the work without the actual owners’ permission? When do we ask students if they want us to post it?
This also made me think about if we have the right to build a students’ digital footprint without getting their permission? This article shared from the “Disagree” side had some great tips on how to create a positive digital identity online. From knowing your rights to modelling appropriate online behaviour with your students. This sounds easy enough, right? I think what educators really need to consider is the purpose of posting the picture. What is it they want parents(or the rest of the world) to know about their classroom or their teaching philosophy? Are they posting this for educational purposes? Are we using “Social Media” to increase our own notoriety? Next time you are about to post something, ask yourself why?
As the increase of sharing apps like Remind or Seesaw have become more popular, this has changed my philosophy on the sharing of photos and information. I feel that apps like Remind or Seesaw have improved the privacy with it being a closed group and parents signing in making it a more secure way of sharing photos(if that’s possible).
The bottom line is that I see many benefits to sharing photos, information etc. in some manner with parents and I also feel that things like having a class Twitter account, which doesn’t need to include photos necessarily can help build global connections which is important in the world that we live in today.
What are your thoughts on sharing and openness in schools?