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School District Policies, Procedures, and Regulations
Below are some of the policies implemented by school districts in BC to guide teachers' use of technology, district networks, and social media. Familiarizing yourself with these policies will give you an idea of the types of expectations school districts have for their employees.
Abbotsford School District:
Arrow Lakes School District:
Boundary School District:
Boundary School District:
Bulkley Valley School District:
Burnaby School District:
Campbell River School District:
Cariboo - Chilcotin School District:
Central Okanagan School District:
Chilliwack School District:
Comox Valley School District:
Coquitlam School District:
Delta School District:
Fort Nelson School District:
Fraser - Cascade School District:
Greater Victoria School District:
Gulf Islands School District:
Haida Gwaii School District:
Kamloops/Thompson School District:
Kootenay Lake School District:
Langley School District:
Maple Ridge - Pitt Meadows School District:
Mission Public Schools:
Nanaimo - Ladysmith Public Schools:
Nechako Lakes School District:
New Westminster School District:
Nicola - Similkameen School District:
Nisga'a School District:
North Okanagan - Shuswap School District:
- Policy and Regulations Manual - Digital Citizenship Policy is number 1020.
North Vancouver School District:
Okanagan Skaha School District:
Peace River North School District:
Peace River South School District:
Powell River School District:
Prince George School District:
Qualicum School District:
Quesnel School District:
Revelstoke School District:
Rocky Mountain School District:
Saanich School District:
Southeast Kootenay School District:
Stikine School District:
Sunshine Coast School District:
Surrey School District:
Vancouver Island North School District:
Vancouver Island West School District:
Vancouver School Board:
West Vancouver School District:
Tips and Guidelines for Teachers
The following resources offer suggestions for teachers using technology and personal social media accounts:
- Alberta Teachers' Association: E-liability Brochure
- Alberta Teachers' Association: "New Technologies: Invaluable but double-edged tools"
- BC College of Teachers: TC Magazine: "Blurring the Boundaries: Technology and Its Impact on the Teacher-Student Relationship"
- BCTF Teacher Newsmagazine: "Stay Safe on Social Media"
- BC Teacher Regulation Branch: Learn, Spring 2015
- Read "Thinking About the Standards: A Case Study" on page 12.
- BC Teacher Regulation Branch: Learn, Spring 2016
- Read "Professional Conduct Advisory: Professional Boundaries and Social Media” on page 14.
- Canadian Teachers’ Federation/Fédération Canadienne des Enseignantes et des Enseignants: Cybertips for Teachers
- CBC: "Why social media can be a minefield for teachers"
- Chalkup: Social Media for Teachers
- Connect Safely: "The Educator's Guide to Social Media"
- Edmonton Public Teachers: Teachers and Technology
- 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
- 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:
- Julia Hengstler: A K-12 Primer for British Columbia Teachers Posting Students’ Work Online
- NEA Today: "Six Ways to Avoid Those Social Media Landmines"
- New Brunswick Teachers' Association: Becoming a Professional - Think Before You Post: Safe Social Networking & Electronic Communication for Teachers
- Newfoundland & Labrador Teachers' Association: NLTA Cyberconduct and Electronic Communications – Important Information and Guidelines for Teachers
- Newfoundland and Labrador Teachers’ Association (NLTA): "Are You Targeted by Inappropriate Social Media Comments?"
- Ontario College of Teachers: Professional Advisory - Use of Electronic Communication and Social Media
- Ontario College of Teachers: Professionally Speaking: The Magazine of the Ontario College of Teachers, September 2015
- "CBC Ombudsman Addresses Members" is on pg. 62.
- Ontario College of Teachers: Professionally Speaking: The Magazine of the Ontario College of Teachers, March 2017
- "Making Connections" is on page 45.
- "The Potential Pitfalls of Social Media" is on page 52
- Ontario English Catholic Teachers' Association (OECTA): On Thin Ice: Maintaining Professional Boundaries - A Resource for Teachers
- "Using Social Media" is on pg. 9.
- The Sun Chronicle: Area schools look for ways to deal with social media
- Teach: The Magazine: Making Social Media Work for You
- TeachHUB: "Teachers, Take Care of Your Digital Footprint"
- Vancouver Secondary Teachers’ Association: Professional Boundaries and the Use of Electronic Communication and Social Media
- Webroot: Social Media in the Classroom: The Digital Safety Debate (Part 3 of 3)
Teaching Tools and Lesson Plans
If you want to incorporate technology into your lessons or teach your students about safely and effectively using technology and social media, these resources can help:
- BC Ministry of Education: BC's Digital Literacy Framework
- BrainPOP Educators: Internet Safety Lesson Ideas
- The Brown Bag Teacher blog: "Safely Using Videos in the Classroom"
- Canadian Civil Liberties Association: Privacy, the Internet and that Phone in your Pocket - Lesson Plan (Gr. 9-12)
- Code.org: Your Digital Footprint Lesson Plan (Gr. K-2)
- Common Sense Education: For Educators
- Ditch That Textbook blog: "15 Ways to Use Snapchat in Classes and Schools"
- EdTech Magazine: "Videoconferencing and Social Media Boost Reading Engagement"
- EdTek White Paper: Building and Keeping a Positive Digital Identity: A Practical Approach for Educators, Students and Parents
- Education Week: "My Favorite Teachers Use Social Media: A Student Perspective"
- Edureach101: Social Media in the Classroom
- Edutopia: "Making the Case for Social Media in Schools"
- ERASE Student Advisory: Social Media Guidelines Resource
- The Fourth R: Safe Sharing with Social Media Lesson Plan, Scroll down to "Media Studies (EMS 3O), "Safe Sharing with Social Media"
- FreeTech4Teachers: Beyond Google
- Global News: "Alberta school teaches children to use social media in positive ways"
- Huffpost: "Social Media Training for Kids: A 60-Minute Class Workshop"
- Huffpost: "Why Every Personal Brand Deserves an Early Start: One Florida high school’s forward-thinking course is jumpstarting students’ professional lives"
- Lester B. Pearson School Board: Digital Citizenship Program and Resources
- MediaSmarts: Teacher Resources
- Need Help Now
- This resource can provide teachers and their students with information about cyber-bullying prevention and support, as well as steps for getting content removed from the internet.
- Think Before You Share: Tips From Facebook and MediaSmarts
- Ontario College of Teachers: Professionally Speaking: The Magazine of the Ontario College of Teachers, June 2016
- Read "Blog On" on pg. 19
- Royal Canadian Mounted Police: Online Safety - Lesson Plan (Grades 6-8)
- TeachInCtrl: Teaching Digital Citizenship - Lesson plans
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."
Here are a few of the most popular hashtags for teachers: