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Thursday, September 20, 2012

Education Admin Web Advisor: The Use of Social Media by Schools, Students and Staff: Know the Risks and How to Reduce Your Potential Liability

EducationAdmin Web Advisor

The Use of Social Media by Schools, Students and Staff:
Know the Risks and How to Reduce Your Potential Liability


Step-by-step guidance through the potential problems social media poses, 
as well as ways to avoid violating student and staff rights.

The use of social media in schools is an evolving area that brings into play various state and federal laws and regulations. From conducting social media background checks on prospective employees to disciplining students for activity on- and off-campus on social media sites, the use of technology has changed the way people work and communicate. However, sometimes the increased access to information has unintended consequences, and you may learn much more than you really want to know. What can you even do with the information you find?
In addition, social media is growing as a vehicle for student bullying, and monitoring what's going on may be an effective way to head off a disaster before it happens. There are also those schools and universities that are using social media as a means of communicating with employees as well as possibly even students. What risks do these institutions run? How can faculty and administrators take back control of their schools and campuses and not run afoul of both privacy and certain free speech protections afforded students and staff?
Please join Nicole J. Thibodeau, attorney at law, as she guides you through the potential problem areas when social media is used by schools, students, and staff, as well as precautions that schools must take to avoid violating the rights of students and staff communicating in this manner. 
October 17, 2012, 1 PM Eastern.
Scheduled for 90 minutes including question and answer session.
$299.00 webinar, $299.00 CD, $399.00 webinar + CD for an unlimited number of attendees in one room. CD includes full audio presentation, question and answer session and handout materials.
CE Credits:
This program has been approved for 1.5 general recertification credit hours toward PHR, SPHR, and GPHR recertification through the HR Certification Institute.
Nicole J. Thibodeau, attorney, Boardman & Clark LLP.
Who Should Attend? 
School superintendents, principals, human resources directors, school district in-house counsel.

Just a sampling of the many practical tips you'll take away:
  • Find out when students' off-campus social media behavior can be regulated by schools.
  • Discover what protections employees have when discussing work-related matters on social media sites and when it crosses the line.
  • Discuss whether you can monitor social media as a means of stopping student bullying.
  • Understand the issues that arise when schools use social media to communicate.
  • Learn what policies schools should have in place regarding the use of social media at school and away from school.
  • Review the privacy and free speech protections afforded students and staff.
Your conference leader for The Use of Social Media by Schools, Students, and Staff: Know the Risks and How to Reduce Your Potential Liability is Nicole J. Thibodeau, attorney, Boardman & Clark LLP, Madison, Wisconsin. Nicole's practice focuses in the areas of school law and labor and employment law. She advises school boards on all areas of labor and employment law including employee handbooks, family and medical leave, unemployment compensation, technology-related issues, contract interpretation and collective bargaining. Nicole is a member of the State Bar of Wisconsin and Wisconsin School Attorneys Association and is admitted to practice before the Wisconsin Supreme Court and the Western District of Wisconsin. She earned her JD degree from Marquette University Law School.
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TLT Group FridayLive! Using MOOCs: What are they? What's the experience like? How can they intersect with college based courses?

The topic for this week's FridayLive! is Using MOOCs
What are they?  What's the experience like? How can they intersect with college based courses?

What are these newest, biggest online teaching/learning resources?  In what ways are they similar to and different from previous online education?  How are the most recent activities that claim the label "MOOC" similar to and different from very large, open, free, online courses (e.g., Stanford Computer Science Engineering courses Fall 2011)?

We'll introduce the ideas, provide some references, explore alternatives and select one MOOC for collaborative exploration.  All participants are welcome to join this TLT Group cohort which will participate in a real live MOOC in the next couple of months.  Our main goal for this project is to help people understand what MOOCs can do to help with teaching and learning in colleges and universities, and to identify ways that

- faculty can effectively, comfortably use specific freely available MOOCs in conjunction with undergraduate courses and programs;  

- faculty and other academic professionals can effectively, comfortably use specific freely available MOOCs in conjunction with faculty development, professional development programs.

We'll identify some goals, guidelines, and activities that will help our cohort to participate in the selected MOOC and prepare to report about this experience in 2 subsequent FridayLive! online sessions (probably a brief progress report in October/November and a more detailed debriefing in January).

As always, we welcome your attendance and your participation.

Register here.


Don't worry if you can't attend at 2 pm Eastern.  Our policy is that registrants have access to archives as do
Individual Members.
BTW, we urge participants to have a headset.  Our "afterthoughts" portion of FridayLive! (3:00-3:00)  is a good time to try speaking in the Adobe room.  We are eager to hear as many voices as possible.


Education Week FREE Webinar: Are you really ready to deliver "The Untethered Classroom"?

Content Provided by:

Are you really ready to deliver "The Untethered Classroom"?


Based on your past downloads of education technology-oriented Education Week Spotlights, webinars, and/or whitepapers, I wanted to make you aware of an upcoming webinar I will be moderating that I hoped you might find valuable.

On September 25, 2012 @ 2 p.m. ET Education Week will host "How to Secure and Manage the Untethered Classroom," with content provided by Symantec. As adoption of digital curriculum, "bring-your-own-device" (BYOD), and streaming classroom approaches accelerate, it is critical that districts and schools deliver and secure the "untethered classroom" and its learn anytime, anywhere environments.

Who should attend:

  • Superintendents and assistant superintendents
  • District leaders and managers in technology, instructional technology, and curriculum
  • School-based technology leaders and systems management staff
  • State education agency leaders

Richard Culatta, deputy director, Office of Educational Technology, U.S. Department of Education, will share insights into the 21st Century learning process.

D. Patches Hill, technology systems manager, Indian River school district, Del., will describe challenges and best practices for "untethering" a 9,000-student district.

Mike Maxwell, national director, U.S. State and Local Government & Education, Symantec Corporation, will discuss ways to efficiently secure and manage digital data.

I’ll be moderating the webinar—so I hope to "see" you there! Register for this webinar now.

Thank you for your time.

Sean Herdman

Associate Publisher


Webinar Date: Tuesday, September 25, 2 – 3 p.m. ET

Can't attend? All Education Week webinars are archived and accessible "on demand" for up to six months after the original live-streaming date.



Dillard University QEP Theme Speaker


On October 19, 2012, Friday at 2pm, Prof Walter Lane, Director, MS Program in Health Care Management, Dept. of Economics and Finance, UNO has kindly agreed to give a talk to the DU students related to our campus wide QEP theme this year, “What is the impact (social, political and economic) of the Presidential Election on healthcare and gun control?”.
The talk will be at the George’s Auditorium, PSB.
This is open to all staff, faculty and students at DU, and we are particularly encouraging the students in QEP courses to attend this talk.

Dr. Julie Basu Ray
Assistant Professor
Department of Biology
Dillard University
New Orleans, LA