First Some Important Review
Posted by Phil Young
Although we have been using Edmodo (A social-media-like learning environment) since the beginning of the school, it was important that we spend some time reviewing our policy for appropriate use of online learning tools before acting on the plan of #itsallaboutsocialmediathisterm. Over the past several years Treeline Public School has played host to many Tech Tours from schools throughout the Peel District School Board who were setting out on their BYOD journey. One of the HOT questions coming from visiting staff was always, “What do you do when X “not such a good thing” happens?” And to be honest, our BYOD learning environment had an unbelievably clean record for the first year and a half or so and my response often was “We have not had such an occurrence to date”. Since then, X has happened a few times. Some situations more severe than others, as such when introducing anything new that involves online sharing, collaboration or interaction we start out by reviewing our policy regarding appropriate use of online learning tools.
We also recall,
to reinforce that our contributions to online communities need to be positive, meaningful and tied to our learning expectations. Few reminders have been given this year because my students have a firm understanding that our use of devices, related tools and online environments are a privilege for the who will leave behind a positive “digital footprint” for themselves.