Hello all! Today, I'm officially coming out of the Classroom 2.0 back-channeling closet and making my first discussion post public! Why would I do such a thing? Read on...
I am working with our district administration to craft an Acceptable Use Policy for [GASP!] YouTube use in the classroom. Currently, our school network blocks YouTube (and Facebook, Foursquare, MySpace, etc.) However, thanks to our 21C-thinking Teaching & Learning Department, they are entertaining the idea of opening up YouTube for teacher access—with some guidelines, obviously. Does ANYONE out there work in a public school district that allows this? If so, would you mind sharing your guidelines and/or acceptable use policy? We're just beginning to brainstorm and I was interested in other districts verbiage, etc.
Thanks in advance!
I am sorry but I don't see why you have to have a special section for youtube. Why not generalize and say something like..."inappropriate use of technology will not be tolerated ..." What would you do tomorrow when you realize that there is a different website that needs to be blocked or monitored?
Here is a question for you: How would you manage the district policy? I think it will be very difficult to do so.
I would make sure that teachers preview their videos before showing them to students.
I just allowed youtube access to faculty. I did not put together a specific policy because i didn't not want to have to do that every time a new site comes along. What i did is go to faculty meetings at each school and discuss the areas of concern: ex: don't search youtube in front of kids, especially while projecting. Be sure to review the entire video and the page it is published on before viewing it with students. Avoid having kids search for videos when showing projects. All videos should be linked directly in the project.. etc...