Pleasanton school board to look at social media guidelines tonight

Teachers told to remember that blogs, wikis and podcasts are extensions of their classrooms

The Pleasanton school board will be reviewing and discussing Pleasanton schools social media guidelines during Tuesday night's meeting.

"PUSD has developed the following guideline to provide direction for instructional employees, students and the school district community when participating in online social media activities to keep in compliance with the Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA)," according to the staff report.

Some of the Pleasanton Unified School District social media guidelines for faculty and staff include:

• Remember that blogs, wikis and podcasts are an extension of your classroom. What is inappropriate in your classroom should be deemed inappropriate online.

• Before posting photographs and videos, permission should be sought from the subject where possible. This is especially the case where photographs of professional colleagues are concerned.

The guidelines also direct faculty and staff on how to request the use of social media sites that might be "blocked" from PUSD's internet filter. This includes notifying parents when any new social media or web application will be used in the the classroom, who also must give "opt-in" permission before use.

The social media guidelines for students include:

• Follow the school's code of conduct when writing online. It is acceptable to disagree with someone else's opinions, however, do it in a respectful way. Make sure that criticism is constructive and not hurtful. What is inappropriate in the classroom is inappropriate online.

• Do your own work! Do not use other people's intellectual property without their permission. It is a violation of copyright law to copy and paste other's thoughts. When paraphrasing another's idea(s) be sure to cite your source with the URL. It is good practice to hyperlink to your sources.

• Students who do not abide by these terms and conditions may lose their opportunity to take part in the project and/or access to future use of online tools.

The school district encourages parents to participate in social media projects. Guidelines for parents include:

• Parents will not use classroom social media sites for any illegal activity, including violation of data privacy laws.

• Parents should expect communication from teachers prior to their child's involvement in any project using online social media applications, i.e., blogs, wikis, podcast, etc.

"The Pleasanton Unified School District (PUSD) realizes that part of 21st century learning is adapting to the changing methods of communication," said staff reports. "The importance of teachers, students and parents engaging, collaborating, learning, and sharing in these digital environments is a part of 21st century learning."

Trustees will discuss the social media guidelines during open session, starting at 7 p.m. in the district's boardroom, 4665 Bernal Avenue.

In other business:

• Staff will present the Second Interim Financial Report to board members, recommending them to approve with a positive certification.

The school board approved the First Interim Report in December 2014. Tuesday's report will highlight any significant changes that the school district made in the operating budget since then.

• The board will receive a report and discuss the possibility of using a energy management and conservation program with Cenergistic, Inc.

"The Pleasanton Unified School District has a continuing interest in working to control energy costs and promote environmental stewardship," said staff reports. "To this end, staff has been investigating opportunities to implement a program that would result in significant savings in gas, electricity, and water without additional cost to the district."

The Cenergistic program requires the district hire an energy specialist who will be the person primarily responsible for the implementation of the program.

According to staff reports, the estimated gross savings of 26% in the first year ($411,000), with additional increases in savings in years 2 to 5, are more than the total of program fees, energy specialist's salary, required software, and other costs. In addition, over a five year period, the estimated net savings to the district are $1,030,164.

• During Tuesday night's closed session, starting at 5 p.m., the board will appoint an administrative assistant for human resources.

• The school board will recognize the Alameda County Dual Immersion Teacher of the Year, 2015-16 Behring Teacher Ambassador, California Music Education Association (CMEA) Band Educator Award and PUSD'S Classified Employee of the Year.

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3 people like this
Posted by marie
a resident of Birdland
on Mar 10, 2015 at 12:06 pm

It is about time that PUSD looked at this, teachers are should not be "friends" with students on FB, friend them after they graduate but not before.

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