I need some help! I use lots of social media in my college courses. I use Ning sites to manage my courses instead of Blackboard. I have students create digital stories and upload them YouTube. I have students user blogger to post assignments, reflections, and Learning Logs. As such, all student work, discussions, peer feedback, my feedback are public (of course grades are not). I model for my students civil discourse. I keep my comments on student work constructive and positive. I feel that I am engaging my students in important digital literacies that promote ethical and responsible use of technology.

When I use social media with K-12 students I always get written parental permission. I use privacy settings. I do not post pictures of students but use avatars.

Some of my colleges are concerned that I may be breaching confidentiality and am engaging in unprofessional behavior by making my college students work public. Does anybody have guidelines about this?

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For me, the whole point of social media is to be just that social...to collaborate. To bring together like minded people and share ideas is the key. Students these days are very web savvy....way more then the actual institutions they attend. I think most colleges and universities can learn from their student base for what is acceptable or not.



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