Assessment – NMCC

November 9th, 2011

In your content area groups:

  1. Decide on a topic and write a brief prompt that students will respond to on a blog, wiki, discussion board, etc.
  2. Determine five criteria for high-quality work. Write the criteria in the form of statements that would appear in a rubric.
  3. Write some comment starters that students can use when giving each other feedback on their posts.



  1. Jim Wells
    November 10th, 2011 at 09:07 | #1

    Post your responses in the comments box above

  2. Ben Nason
    November 10th, 2011 at 14:25 | #2

    The general understanding of the use of Facebook is open to any kind of discussion from personal, to business, to humorous. When you are involved with a community other than your personally selected friends and family, you can get involved in discussions or content that can be too personal from others. Where should you separate work from personal life? As useful as a communication tool Facebook can be, outside the classroom or the school campus you open yourself to anything than just classroom material from your students or anyone tagged to your account. For the sake of their own family and quality of life, a Teacher should separate work from personal life.

    • Steve Garton
      November 10th, 2011 at 14:39 | #3

      Succinct and to the point. Do you think there are good avenues for students to know personal information about their teachers? Is it appropriate for students to think of teachers as people?

    • Kim Hilary Tammy
      November 10th, 2011 at 14:42 | #4

      “For the sake of their own family and quality of life, a Teacher should separate work from personal life.” Your conclusion really helped us understand your point of view.

    • Gail Hagelstein
      November 10th, 2011 at 14:42 | #5

      Your conclusion reiterated the point regarding separating one’s professional life from their personal one.

  3. Stephanie Bresett
    November 10th, 2011 at 14:25 | #6

    As with many hot topics that open the door to legal confrontation, u201cfriendingu201d someone on Facebook in the education field causes a tremendous stir. To alleviate some of the legal mess, we believe there should be separate accounts for personal and career. nnWe are opposed to a personal account with students; however we do see value in a professional account. The professional account could be used to model appropriate online behavior. Students who are shy in class might be more interactive online. Students who are absent could consult with their teacher at their convenience. Parent involvement would be more consistent or happen at all. nnEven with a professional Facebook account, there are still questions about behavior or exposure. Although you limit your account to students or parents, there are opportunities for others to access the page if privacy settings are open. It is difficult to monitor all those students. It would be difficult to monitor parent involvement. Members of your class would no longer be confidential. nnIn conclusion, choosing to have a Facebook account is onesu2019 own personal choice with many aspects to consider. n

    • ElizabethConnors
      November 10th, 2011 at 14:28 | #7

      We agree that it is ones’ own personal choice and we really like the idea of creating both a personal and professional account.

    • Steve Garton
      November 10th, 2011 at 14:37 | #8

      This is very well written. Do you think there are any ramifications of the extended linking and having access to friends of friends?

  4. ElizabethConnors
    November 10th, 2011 at 14:26 | #9

    There are many pros and cons regarding friending students on Facebook. Students have a hard time seeing their teachers as having personal lives beyond school, this could help them see teachers in a different light. Teachers could have the opportunity to be more aware of what is going on in their students lives. This could open avenues of conversation or awareness of issues causing students to behave in certain ways. Another positive aspect is that it would allow students to remain in contact with their teachers regarding questions on homework assignments. On the other hand, teachers should wait for their students to initiate the friend request. Once a teacher has friended one student, they should accept any other student friend requests so that no one feels rejected. Teachers will need to post responsibly on their Facebook accounts and make sure all pictures are appropriate. People do not always have control over what others post on their account.

    • Steve Garton
      November 10th, 2011 at 14:43 | #10

      This is a well thought out response. Do you think it is possible to eliminate all inappropriate content from anything?

    • Londa and Betsy
      November 10th, 2011 at 14:48 | #11

      Even though the teacher posts responsibly, it does not conclude that the teacher’s friends will be appropriate at all times. Personal is personal! Also, the teacher could lose friends if they knew there were students participating on the account. The snowballing point is true!

  5. Tracie & Gail
    November 10th, 2011 at 14:26 | #12

    To Friend or not to Friend, that is the question. Whether u2018tis nobler to suffer the slings of Cyber loneliness or go against the policy makersu2026nIf teachers friend their students, it gives them the opportunity to model netiquette. For some students it may be a source of friendly contact that they may not otherwise receive. Students are using the networking sites to begin with; it is part of their daily lives. It is a comfortable mode of communication, which allows them a forum to express their thoughts freely. nOn the other hand, it breaks down the barrier of teacher vs. student that a classroom setting provides. Familiarity breeds contempt, leading to an unclear understanding of the true role of each individual involved. That being said, there are those that cannot see the definitive lines, even without the social networking aspects. Students need to see clearly that their teacher is working in a professional role, and their relationship must remain professional. nMost individuals use social networking for their personal lives. Students need to differentiate between personal and professional standards. Instructing students and staff as to the boundaries that cannot be crossed is a solution to the problem. n

    • Gail Hagelstein
      November 10th, 2011 at 14:38 | #13

      Your introduction was creative and engaging! :.) Brings humor to a serious issue.

    • Londa and Betsy
      November 10th, 2011 at 14:39 | #14

      Your first sentence is an attention-grabber! Your comments on modeling and familiarity are valuable. Your conclusion clearly indicates where you stand on the issue!

    • Kim, Hilary, Tammy
      November 10th, 2011 at 14:39 | #15

      “To friend or not to friend” was a very engaging introduction. The Shakespearian take gave us a chuckle.nn

    • ElizabethSara
      November 10th, 2011 at 14:40 | #16

      Your introduction is engaging and you really grabbed our attention when you wrote in Shakespeare, that was very creative. Your sequence was in a logical order from a topic sentence, to a pro and then a con. You may want to consider adding a concluding sentence that ties your thoughts together.

    • Ben Nason
      November 10th, 2011 at 14:44 | #17

      Great intro. I can’t think of anyone that wouldn’t be hooked. Good to tie up the end of the post with a solution.

    • Ben Nason
      November 10th, 2011 at 14:46 | #18

      Gail would it be “fair use” to use Facebook conversations for other applications ;0) ?

  6. Kim
    November 10th, 2011 at 14:27 | #19

    Teachers befriending their students on Facebook…bad or good idea? In todays social networking society there are multiple communication options to use in education. While Facebook may be one option, we feel that it is not the best option. Some better options may include blogs, webpages, email, or discussion boards. One can make these options more educationally focused. Facebook offers a random snapshot into peoples lives. A teachers private life should be kept private from students and students need privacy from teachers as well. One option, if Facebook is a necessity, would be for a teacher to have a separate and private Facebook account that students could access. Although, teachers would still have access to studentu2019s private lives.

    • Steve Garton
      November 10th, 2011 at 14:41 | #20

      Nice focus. Do teacher’s know about student’s private lives without FaceBook?

      • Hilary, Kim and Tammy
        November 10th, 2011 at 14:42 | #21

        Yes we do – they share almost everyday!

    • Londa and Betsy
      November 10th, 2011 at 14:42 | #22

      Your opening is captivating. You have pointed out other options that could work in the classroom without having to consider Facebook. Your concluding sentence points out that there are still risks with an educational account.

    • Stephanie Bresett
      November 10th, 2011 at 14:49 | #23

      The direction you began to take us in is wonderful, please continue your thoughts by completing more information about “teacher’s having access to student’s private lives.” Do you mean that students would use one account for private and school stuff? Please explain.

  7. Londa and Betsy
    November 10th, 2011 at 14:27 | #24

    nAs professionals dealing with high school students, we do not want to share our intimate family struggles and daily communications. If we were to create a teacher facebook page, we would be able to not only share information, announcements, assignments and other school related topics with our current students, but also with their parents and others connected to the school. nnSomeone on Facebook commented that it is a boundary issue. We are working with students, not friends. Also, the problem of connecting with former students will inevitably lead to including current students through those networks. Being exposed on a daily basis to teen drama can lead to very awkward situations in the classroom. nnTeachers have lost their jobs through posting comments on Facebook. Nov.9, 2011, NSBA Legal Clips refers to a first grade teacher who lost her job because she referred to some of her students as u201cfuture criminals.u201d nnThe positive slant is that students are all getting the same message at the same time. The negative slant is that this is blocked in most of our schools.

    • Gail Hagelstein
      November 10th, 2011 at 14:37 | #25

      We commend you on citing a specific case regarding teachers and the use of Facebook. Research is always a great way to support one’s opinion.

    • Ben Nason
      November 10th, 2011 at 14:40 | #26

      Nice outlook on both positive and negative aspects about Facebook. Perhaps some tie-ins to each paragraph leading to a general flow of thought.

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