(pre-view of things to come)
Today discussion topic: Professional behavior and the internet.
As a teacher reading this post on the internet I bet you have pondered aspects of professional behavior and Internet use.
We are good about keeping students faces and last names off our blogs.
Some people keep their locations vague, some invited their student's to read their blogs.
Some people do not discusses their classrooms beyond the lessons they teach.
I have chosen to discuss aspects of my teaching life beyond the lessons I present. As more people read my blog sometimes I hesitant to discuss my teaching life. I want to carefully protect the privacy of my co-workers and the identity of my school. Yet, I think it is important for teachers to be able to speak openly about the joys AND frustrations of teaching so that we can support each other and problem solve.
So with that in mind I am curious about several things:
Do you have facebook or other social network account?
If so do you share that with your co-workers (are you online "friends" with them)
Do you allow your students access to your facebook page?
Have you ever searched for videos of your school on youtube?
Do you allow students to have electronics out in your classroom
And now the story that goes with this post.
At lunch today I am asked if I have seen, "the video," on facebook. "No, what video?" I ask. (Note: while I have facebook I refuse to friend anyone from my school; staff or student)
I am informed that last week, while a middle school teacher was out and had a sub, that a video was made. A student took out their cell phone and videotaped themselves running around the classroom, taping some other students messing around, wrestling on the floor, other students sitting in their chairs looking baffled and the sub leaning against the counter not reacting.
I feel the student was disrespectful to the sub and should not have made the video.
I have no clue what the situation with the sub was so I have no comment on that.
I'm surprised the student put the video on facebook, isn't it obvious that that is a great way to get into trouble.
BUT wait... Another teacher at school is "friends" with some students and had seen the video on the student's pages. THEN that teacher re-posted the video to her OWN facebook page with a note saying that the video showed how hard it was to work at our school. That teacher is facebook friends with a bunch of other teachers at the school who of course saw the video and now it is the talk of the school
It was a bad choice for the 13 year old to make and post the video. But I am shocked that an adult would re-post that video on the Internet, especially as the video shows student faces and lists our school name with the video.
To me that was not a professional choice regarding use of the Internet. How the student will be disciplined and if anything will be said to the teacher remains to be seen.
What do you think? Was it ok for the teacher to re post that video? What are the rules of being a teacher on the Internet in this modern age? Did I overstep a line by even discussing this incident on the Internet?...