[Offtopic] Facebook and staff productivity

Jim Maunder techo at ruyton.vic.edu.au
Mon Apr 21 16:42:57 EST 2008

Hello Roland -

I was addressing teachers in general when I wrote the 'do you permit 
...' jibe.

What I was trying to get at was that most office workers only have 
'free time' during their lunch break. On the other hand I know 
teachers who work on school stuff from 7.30am to 7.30pm or later at 
school (even though the majority are gone by 3.30)

Personally, I find that engaging in banter with students to be 
dangerous, but that does not stop me, it just makes me very careful. 
Our canteen does excellent chips on Fridays.


At 04:05 PM 21/04/2008, you wrote:
>G'day Jim
>During lunchtime I play cards (educational versions of course) with
>the students, share an ice slurpy from the canteen (healthy fruity
>version of course) and have a social, non-educational banter about
>what they did over the weekend or how they are going.
>If some staff or students politely ask if they can check their
>personal e-mail, I generally wave them over to a nearby computer. If I
>have any doubts about staff online behavior, a reminder that this is a
>G-Rated school is generally sufficient. Students get the evil eye.
>Regards Roland
>On 21/04/2008, Jim Maunder <techo at ruyton.vic.edu.au> wrote:
> >  Do you permit your students to read the papers, check their MySpace, sit
> > around drinking coffee and chatting in class like teachers might in a
> > typical staffroom?
>Roland Gesthuizen - ICT Coordinator - Westall Secondary College
>"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can
>change the world; indeed it is the only thing that ever has."
>--Margaret Mead
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