This recent posting Getting
Proper Permission for Posting Student Pictures Online
reflect back at the discussion that took place year ago at MACUL15. The expert panel
of George Couros, Theresa Stager, Erin Klein, Ben Gilpin, and Dr. Brad Gustafson
had this particular question posted to them and the sharing of their responses
Since our district had not
produced a Social Media Release form and I really wanted to get moving on this
for some time, I gathered some examples from other school districts and
developed one myself. I then had our Manager of Information Services and our Communications
and Community Relations Supervisor review the form. They both agreed the key
stakeholder in the process was getting the student’ permission.
It took some time getting the
school community to sign off, document on the school data base, and file the
form in the OSR (Ontario Student Record). However, the communication of our learning
that has taken place in our school has been tremendous through the use of
Twitter, Remind, and Blogs.
We encourage this permission
seeking with all of our stakeholders and continue to ask our students if we can
post their learning and it has become common practice. When we model this
practice of Digital Citizenship it has becomes part of the school’s culture. I
have witness this both by our students and teachers and now some of parents are
interacting with the same mindset @StPhilipCS.