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Friday, March 11 • 9:45am - 10:30am
What Message Is Your Social Media Policy Sending?

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Conversations are happening everyday about schools by staff, students, communities. Schools have a chance to engage in those conversations using social media as a platform. What voice is your school going to have? More importantly, what message is your social media policy sending? Students, staff, and families are on social media everyday engaging with each other and determining the narrative of your school. If your school needs to consider how it is going to treat social media use. Three options are ignoring it, using social media as a positive platform, or treating it as a punishable tool.

Every school can determine the message they want heard in the community. All of this starts with your school or district social media policy. If your social media policy is non-existent then you are left out of the conversations about your school that are happening anyway. If your policy is too restrictive of staff or students then you close the door to countless opportunities to educate and to positively promote your school.

Old Rochester High School teacher MJ Linane and principal Michael Devoll are both active on social media and view it as a platform to promote positive images for schools. They will present on a number of case studies that show ways students, teachers, schools, and districts, can use social media positively as a platform. Participants will be asked to review their own school social media policies and to consider how they can be designed to educate users of social media rather than treating social media as a punishable tool.

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Mike Devoll

Principal, Old Rochester Regional High School
I am in my seventh year as the Principal of Old Rochester Regional High School.
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MJ Linane

Teacher and Online Instructional Designer, Old Rochester Regional High School
MJ Linane is a high school history teacher, blogger, and online instructional designer. MJ was a recipient of the 2015 MassCUE Pathfinder award for his work with blended learning and gamification. He is a contributor to Edsurge, Smarter Schools and a contributing author to the book... Read More →

Friday March 11, 2016 9:45am - 10:30am EST