Are you trying to communicate more with your constituent groups, but are you blocking Facebook, YouTube and Twitter in your school/organization?


How are you supposed to teach students (teachers & parents) what is means to be good digital citizens?

Fellow ESM contributor Rachel Graveline (@RachelGraveline) tweeted this:

Not usually a Dilbert fan but this strip on Social Media made me laugh

At first I laughed, but then really thought about it and of all of the conversations that I have with people here at my school and those I talk to at other conferences and a meet-ups. Thankfully we (The Montclair Kimberley Academy@MKAcademy) have given up the arms race with students and have begun to teach social media rather than block it.


In an early post I talked about this, but I think a lot of schools need to go back and look at their policies and course offering and see what is that are actually saying and teaching. I read Basil Kolani’s (@bkolani) post on “So what if we’re all connect?” and thought that he wouldn’t even be able to have this conversation and teach this course with his students if he didn’t have open policies in place to all allow it.


So again I ask… what is your school’s policies toward social media and what is it you are really saying?


[Special thanks to both Rachel and Basil for the inspiration that got me to stop what I was doing to write this… for better or worse. 馃槈]

William Stites

William Stites

Director of Technology at Montclair Kimberley Academy

Director of Technology for Montclair Kimberley Academy (, "Blogger in Chief" for, consultant for Educational Collaborators, husband and father of two crazy boys. All that and still trying to find time to write and share as much as I can with you here and at