What are the downsides or unanticipated consequences of honoring Brian’s request to open Twitter to staff? I know that Network Services’s attitude isn’t to “approve” or “deny” teacher requests but to determine if & how we can facilitate them. I am therefore asking what issues are created when considering the opening up of Twitter services for staff?And network services responded pretty quickly with this:
There are no technical reasons for not opening Twitter for staff access and use. The only question that I would reflect back to you would be concerning the adequacy of our current acceptable use policy with regard to use of social networking media – human resources may have some input in this regard.What I love about this interaction is that both sides VERY respectfully coined the request for review of Twitter access along lines of policy -- that is, along the lines of "the game plan" that we're all trying to follow in supporting kids and families.
I've heard nothing else yet and I haven't yet gotten to see the "acceptable use policy" document with regards to social media. But it dose give me a much better sense of the playing field and the potential obstacles. If I am right in what it sounds like to me, there may need to be some discussion about the policies in place.
It's not a "no" and it's not a "yes", but it makes me feel so much better than simply being blocked.