As many of you know, I share lots of photographs and videos of my students online. At the beginning of the year, all parents sign a permission form allowing me to publish photographs and videos. Their signature gives me permission to share what I do. I think it’s important to go a step further though.
Here is how I communicate with parents about photograph and video sharing:
1) In my September Newsletter, I explain the tools that we will be using in the classroom throughout the year, and the purpose of using these tools. I show how these tools allow students to meet curriculum expectations, and how they help students learn.
2) Under the Technology Information link on my website, I explain more about the Web 2.0 tools that we use in class, and again, I link them to specific curriculum expectations.
3) I mail out a letter to students telling them about the year and explaining what we’ll be doing. I talk about taking photographs and videos. Again, I try to explain the purpose of these, so that the students and the parents know too.
4) I take a video of the classroom, showing the different tools that we’ll be using and trying to give an overview of why we’re using these tools. I emphasize the need to have photograph and video permission forms returned.
5) I phone all of the parents. I talk about what we’re doing in class and why we’re doing it. I explain how I use photographs and videos, and the purpose of using these photographs and videos too. Most importantly, I give parents a chance to ask questions. Discussion is important here. Notes are fantastic, and the form takes care of the signature piece, but the conversation helps build knowledge and understanding.
Do you share photographs and videos of your students online? How do you get parental permission? It would be great if we could all share what we do!