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Muskegon Public Schools New Social Media Policy an Unenforceable Slap in the Face to Employees and Students

November 29, 2011 2 comments

The Muskegon Chronicle (“Personal drinking photos could get teachers fired in Muskegon”) and Michigan Education Report (“More districts eye social media policies”) have reported that the Muskegon Area Intermediate School District has adopted an extraordinarily-restrictive new social media policy (available here courtesy of the Muskegon Chronicle).

The policy implies consequences (ie firing) if any content appears online that shows “use of alcohol, drugs or anything students are prohibited from doing” (students are prohibited from using profanity – so apparently if you tweet the F-bomb that can get you canned). The policy was crafted and adopted at the advice of at the advice of the MAISD legal counsel (which should be the first sign that the policy is problematic; lawyers and social media don’t mix).

Here are some specific problems with the policy (which is very reminiscent of the ban on contact that the Missouri Legislature just repealed):

1. We Don’t Control What is Posted Online Read more…

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Because We’ve Always Done it That Way: Why Newsletters Must Die

October 20, 2011 Leave a comment

Why Newsletters Must Die

It’s often tough to break old habits.  Smoking.  Biting your fingernails.  Paying attention to the Westboro Baptist Church.

Organizations large and small seem completely unable to break themselves of the habit of newsletters; particularly for employee communication.  Even though it’s 2011 and technology is enabling video gamers to make unprecedented advances in AIDS research, we’re stuck on delivering static text in columns – sometimes sacrificing trees (and staff time) to circulate it.

Newsletters need to die – here’s why: Read more…