(Mike’s Note: This addresses a potential career-killer that a lot of teachers don’t fully understand. Both my friend and colleague, Nancy Willard, and I shake our heads at the prospect of teachers joining online groups with students. We’ll have some of Nancy’s articles on this subject later on. Meantime, we’d like to hear from you. Should Facebook and MySpace be off-limits? Or that an overreaction?)
Board finalizes policy on teacher-student communication
By ISRAL DEBRUIN
Posted: Feb. 18, 2009
School Board members voted Feb. 10 to finalize a policy banning communication between Elmbrook staff and students on social networking Web sites and instant messaging services, after deciding against a much more restrictive policy.
Chris Thompson, the district’s chief information officer, said it would be impossible for Elmbrook to provide adequate oversight of services like Facebook.
“There is absolutely no reason that any teacher right now should be on Facebook with their students,” Thompson said. “You cannot control it.”