Seeding the Conversation
Posted by shelleykrause
As one of a handful of known adult bloggers on my K12 campus, I’ve been asked by my Upper School Principal to join a few other 2.0-savvy members of the staff in “seeding a conversation” about the challenges of managing one’s online identity as an educator.
I’ve found some terrific resources on acceptable use policies, but it seems that we’ve spent more time dictating to students than we have figuring out what’s acceptable adult behavior.
As the benefits of participating in social networks become increasingly obvious, so too do the challenges of making sure we’re not opening ourselves up to censure. Just ask Jabiz Raisdana, who lost his job when he crossed a line he was trying not to.
What is an appropriate “rule of thumb” when posting in a non-school-affiliated space that is nonetheless open to the public? I have moved from imagining posts appearing on the front page of the New York Times (an old dean’s recommendation) to imagining posts taped to my office door the next morning. If that makes me uncomfortable, I don’t post.
I also like Pamela Livingston’s idea of LARK.
Your thoughts? I hearby nominate you, dear reader, to join my personal learning network.
Update: Here are my notes for the meeting, complete with excerpts from the comments below and a Diigo list of some items that I found helpful. Thanks so much to everyone who pitched in!