Ontario College of Teachers Issues Advisory on the Use of Electronic Communication and Social Media

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
Contact North
410 Falconbridge Road
Sudbury, Ontario

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

Brian Jamieson
416-961-8800, ext. 655 
Toll-free 1-888-534-2222, ext. 655


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