Documentation:Digital Tattoo Case Studies Project/Education/Post-Workshop Resources
For more information about teachers and their digital identities, explore the following resources.
Tips and Guidelines for Teachers
If you need advice or suggestions to guide your use of technology and social media as a teacher, the following resources should help.
- Alberta Teachers' Association: E-liability Brochure
- Canadian Teachers’ Federation/Fédération Canadienne des Enseignantes et des Enseignants: Cybertips for Teachers
- Edmonton Public Teachers: Teachers and Technology
- George Couros: The Principal of Change blog
This blog, created by a principal from Alberta, often addresses social media and the use of technology by teachers. All of his past blog posts are available to browse, but here are a few of the most relevant entries to start with:
- Ontario College of Teachers: Professional Advisory - Use of Electronic Communication and Social Media
- Ontario English Catholic Teachers' Association (OECTA): On Thin Ice: Maintaining Professional Boundaries - A Resource for Teachers
- "Using Social Media" is on pg. 9.
- Professionally Speaking: The Magazine of the Ontario College of Teachers, March 2017
- "The Potential Pitfalls of Social Media" is on page 52
- Professionally Speaking: The Magazine of the Ontario College of Teachers, September 2015
- "CBC Ombudsman Addresses Members" is on pg. 62.
- Newfoundland & Labrador Teachers' Association: NLTA Cyberconduct and Electronic Communications – Important Information and Guidelines for Teachers
- Vancouver Secondary Teachers’ Association: Professional Boundaries and the Use of Electronic Communication and Social Media
- Teach: The Magazine: Making Social Media Work for You
- The EdTech Advocate: When Students Ask to Follow or Friend: An Ethical Response Guide for Educators
- Edutopia: Social Media for Teachers: Guides, Resources, and Ideas
- NEA Today: "Six Ways to Avoid Those Social Media Landmines"
School District Social Media and Technology Policies
Below are just a few of the policies implemented by schools districts across Canada to guide teachers use of technology and social media. Familiarizing yourself with these policies will give you an idea of the types of expectations school districts have for their employees.
- Vancouver School Board: Social Media Policy (Draft)
- Vancouver School Board: Acceptable Use of Technology
- Abbotsford School District: Social Media - Employees
- Delta School District: Social Media Procedure
- Delta School District: Use of Personal Communication Devices Procedure
- Fraser-Cascade School District: Social Media Policy - Employees, Students, and Parents
- New Westminster School District: Digital Technology Policy
- Greater St. Albert Catholic Schools (AB): Social Media Guidelines for Staff
- Regina Public Schools (SK): Online Communication and Interaction/Social Media Procedures
- Peel District School Board (ON): Social Media Guidelines for Staff
- Peel District School Board (ON): Digital Citizenship Policy
- District School Board Ontario North East (ON): The Employee Use of Social Media Policy
- Newfoundland & Labrador English School District (NLESD): Social Media: Terms and Conditions for Staff Use
- Newfoundland & Labrador English School District (NLESD): Social Media: Terms and Conditions for Student Use
- Simcoe County District School Board: Social Media Guidelines for SCDSB Staff
- St. Mary Catholic Secondary School: Social Media and Computer Usage Etiquette
Teacher Discipline Summaries
- Teacher discipline summaries are available from the BC Teacher Regulation Branch through their Searchable Discipline Database. To find summaries specific to teachers' use of social media, open the Discipline Database and under "Choose Topic," select "Inappropriate use of social media."
Teaching Tools and Lesson Plans
Do you want to teach your students about safely and effectively using social media? These resources can help:
- ERASE Student Advisory: Social Media Guidelines Resource
- Huffpost: "Why Every Personal Brand Deserves an Early Start: One Florida high school’s forward-thinking course is jumpstarting students’ professional lives"
- MediaSmarts: Teacher Resources
- Need Help Now
- This is a great resource for teachers and their students with information about cyberbullying prevention, emotional support, and getting content removed from the internet.
- Think Before You Share: Tips From Facebook and MediaSmarts
- Online Universities: 100 Inspiring Ways to Use Social Media in the Classroom
- Royal Canadian Mounted Police: Online Safety - Lesson Plan (Grades 6-8)
Here are a few of the most popular hashtags for teachers: