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)

HAMILTON, ON, May 27, 2011 /CNW/ - The simple message for Ontario certified teachers is this: "Represent yourself in social media the same way you would in person,'' says College of Teachers Registrar Michael Salvatori, OCT of a professional advisory to the College's 230,000 members.

The advisory offers advice to teachers on how best to use electronic communication and social media with students. It encourages the use of social media as a teaching tool but cautions teachers to be careful when using sites like Facebook.

"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 the Registrar. "We want to alert members to its potential risks and provide guidance for its responsible, professional use."

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 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.

The Registrar and Deputy Registrar Joe Jamieson, OCT will lead information sessions to members of the profession and members of the public on May 27 in Hamilton. They will be joined by College Council Chair Liz Papadopoulos, OCT.

Members of the media are welcome to attend this session. The Registrar, the Deputy Registrar and the Chair will be available to the media between 10:30 and noon.

Media opportunities: from 10:30 to noon
Information session: from 1:30 to 3:00

Courtyard by Marriott
1224 Upper James Street
Hamilton, 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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