Backgrounder, Advisory on the Use of Electronic Communication and Social Media, Video (incorporates clips from teachers and social media experts - unmixed
version available for broadcast, by request)
SUDBURY, ON, April 14 /CNW/ - The regulatory body for the teaching
profession is issuing a professional advisory on the use of social
media to its 230,000 members.
This advisory offers advice to teachers on how best to use electronic
communication and social media with students.
"In the current education milieu, e-communication and social media do
and will continue to offer engaging and exciting teaching and learning
experiences for students and teachers. Their use should be encouraged,"
says College Registrar Michael Salvatori, OCT. "We want to alert
members to its potential risks and provide guidance for its
responsible, professional use."
"The simpler message for Ontario certified teachers is this: Represent
yourself in social media the same way you would in person."
The teaching profession's ethical standards and standards of practice
provide the foundation for the College's advice.
"Our advice to teachers is to keep ethical standards - care, trust,
respect and integrity - in line of sight," says College Council Chair
Liz Papadopoulos, OCT. "As teachers and educators, we model
professionalism and responsibility for our students in both the real
world and the virtual world."
It's the College's role as a professional regulator to provide advice to
its members from time to time on emerging issues or in response to
member questions on aspects of teaching that will continue to advance
the profession and the public's confidence in it.
College Council Chair Liz Papadopoulos and Deputy Registrar Joe
Jamieson, OCT will lead Sudbury information sessions in French and in
English for members of the profession and the public on Thursday, April 14 in the afternoon. They will be joined by College Council Vice-Chair Ruth Ann Penny, OCT.
Members of the media are welcome to attend this session. The Council
Chair, the Deputy Registrar will be available to the media on April 14
between 10:30 and noon.
Media opportunities: 10:30 to noon
Information session: 1:30 to 3:00
Northeast Regional Coordinating Centre
410 Falconbridge Road
The Ontario College of Teachers licenses, governs and regulates the
profession of teaching in the public interest. It sets standards of
practice and ethical standards, conducts disciplinary hearings and
accredits teacher education programs affecting its more than 230,000
members in publicly funded schools and institutions across Ontario. The
College is the largest self-regulatory body in Canada.
SOURCE Ontario College of Teachers
For further information:
Gabrielle Barkany, OCT
416-961-8800, ext. 621
Toll-free 1-888-534-2222, ext. 621
416-961-8800, ext. 655
Toll-free 1-888-534-2222, ext. 655