Saturday, January 22, 2011

Head Teachers (aka School Principals) Look to Social Networking Sites to Check on Staff

We've always suspected that Head Teachers (also known as Principals in North America) look at their staff pictures and posts on sites like facebook and twitter.  Yesterday's Guardian Newspaper confirms the suspicion.

I remember sitting beside an HR staff member of a Canadian school board at one of the university fairs, while she looked up teachers profiles on facebook. I asked her about it, and she explained that she always goes first to facebook, then to the teachers' resume.

Have drunken pictures of yourself on facebook? Or photos of you having a relationship with a school colleague (that no one but your friends know about)? Or maybe you've written less-than-tasteful comments about others online?  Google will bring those comments up.

See this blog post.  I'm actively promoting that teachers use social media but do so with some smarts.  Here's another blog post to check out.

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Classroom Canada website
Guide to Teaching in London: A Survival Guide for Canadians ebook
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