|from http://www.merriam-webster.com; anus? really?|
I'm not one for "musts" when it comes to using social media. No one will die if they don't use a Ning. Great teachers will continue to be great, even if they never Tweet. You can be a passionate and competent leader without a blog or Facebook presence. Some will say that it is the responsibility of organizations to reach out in as many ways as possible to their constituents. There may be some truth in that---which I will get to in another post---but for now, I'd just like to focus on the individual.
I have fretted here before about the plethora of pontificating pundits out there setting down the rules about how to use/not use online tools and further preach about keeping one's nose clean. I'm sure that these well-meaning experts believe that they're providing guidance for n00b5, but in doing so, they've forgotten the most important piece: the user. They haven't asked educators what they want to do and then helped guide them to do that. It's all back-asswards.
|You're killin' me, MW. Rhyming words? No link to KC and the Sunshine Band?|
But what I object to most is that educators are being told that they can only be educators while online. All those other wonderful facets which make you human---from your family and friends to world view to faults and foibles is to be locked away. (It might be okay to share on FB, but don't let anyone catch you.) Be a phony, teacher. Be as perfect and pristine as you are within your classroom walls...because, if you don't, the Internet boogeyman is going to get you and your life will be ruined---not that you would have been allowed to have one, anyway. All this and more will befall you if you dare to use Twitter incorrectly. Zounds!
I am not advocating that anyone be careless with their personal information---or violate whatever Code of Conduct exists in their state. What I do want to advocate for is for people to be themselves. If you want to talk about a hard time you've just had as a parent or spouse...or create a video about knitting...or post a scree about a public policy...Thank You. It doesn't mean I will like what you do (or choose to read/listen/participate), but I appreciate your refusal to sacrifice yourself because some phony out there doesn't want you to be human and put them out of a job.