I rather do labs then lecture, but just about everytime I do the students take their phones out and take inappropate pictures and post to facebook from class!
As a CASE instructor who does labs with my ag students almost everyday, I would suggest that you try establish a no cell phone during lab policy for your classroom. Our school has a zero-tolerance policy for cell phones, and students are not allowed to have them out at any time for any reason. If they are caught with their cell phones out, the principal will take the student's phone, and they can only get it back once a parent comes to the school to retrieve it. I am not sure what your school's policy is on cell phones, but check with your principal or other administrator to see if you can set up rules for their usage in your class. From what you've said, it seems as if the student's cell phones violate not only the privacy of your classroom and the students within it, but they are also posing a safety threat if they are distracting students from following proper lab rules and procedures. I would try explaining the issues you are having to your principal or administrator, cite how the cell phones are posing both safety and privacy hazards in your ag lab, and ask for their suggestions on how the problem can be curbed. Cell phones can be great educational tools when used correctly, but can be a real pain when used the wrong way. Hope this helps and good luck!
We have a zero tolerence cell-phone policy. If the student gets cought with it they will be suppended for three days, pay a fine (this was added at the parents request), and the parents must come and pick it up in the office. it they are wnating to take picture of the activities; provide them will a "classroom" camera and explain or show them the types of pictures they need to take. Our school also does not allow the students the any recording electronic device, unless it is the schools and is need for the class. This allows us to some what control what happens at a school and do not have to worry about inapproite videos, pictures, or sound to be uploaded to social media outlets.
There is a strong movement currently in education to actually promote students sharing their educational activities appropriately via social medial. Falls under the umbrella of "flipped" or inverted classrooms. Crafting a clear social media policy is the right place to start. Recently ,Edutopia released a roadmap for teachers to develop a social media policy that includes feedback from peers, school administrators and parents. The primer includes links to social media policies successfully in use across the U.S. Here is a link: How to Create Social Media Guidelines for Your School | Edutopia
Edutopia is a Web site published by The George Lucas Educational Foundation (GLEF). Founded in 1991 by filmmaker George Lucas and venture capitalist Steve Arnold, the Foundation celebrates and encourages innovation in K-12 schools. Edutopia is dedicated to transforming the learning process by helping educators implement six core learning strategies . These strategies -- and the educators who implement them -- are empowering students to think critically, access and analyze information, creatively problem solve, work collaboratively, and communicate with clarity and impact.
How would you even police it? You would have to be fb friends with your students to know if something was posted, and that is a HUGE red flag. Better to follow the no cell phone policy.
I disagree entirely.
SM in education can be as good as you want it to be. Cell Phones can be as good as you want them to be.
It's okay -- hybridized corn was a tough sell at first too....
To my knowledge, my students have always posted fun and appropriate pics of our class activities to the web. I have a clear policy that states they have to ask permission to take and post a pic, they can't publish anything unless a student has signed a waiver form with the school or they risk disciplinary action. Next year, our school is enforcing a super strict no phones policy and that is ok...We have class "reporters" that are responsible for taking and posting quality pics with digital cameras of what we do on the chapter Facebook page.....If you approach this the right way it can work....That being said....Clear rules, procedures and policies have to be in effect. Students in out district know that if criminal/inappropriate behavior is posted it affects the school or community and let's face it, kids don't keep their mouths shut. Truly offensive or bad material is going to come to someone's attention. It will be addressed through disciplinary channels...Trish...what are your kids posting? Should your administration be brought in? Are you dealing with an issue where you are under professional sabotage by a student. You and your students have rights in this instance and you may need to advocate for a clear policy.
Last night as I was flipping through Zite, I came across this great Digital Citizenship Poster. Digital Citizenship Poster for Middle and High School Classrooms | Common Sense Media I think that I will be using this decision tree along with some of the items provided here as I kick off the school year next year. Even if my school has a no cell phone policy, which it does, I need to prepare my students with critical thinking and decision making for the reality of digital pictures and social media.
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