More and More Online

(jeeesh – i can’t believe my last post was in September!)

I just was trying to catch up with some blog reading and I ran across Jeff Utecht’s post showing some great Art and Science online projects using Voicethread and video. I can’t wait to share them with some people here but it brings up an issue that keeps popping up around here – putting students online and parental permission.  There is a lot of paranoia about putting students on the web.  We have every parent sign a form granting us permission or forbidding us  to use photos of their child in publications and on our website.  Now that teachers are beginning to use video in their classes, slideshows of their students, and other ways to showcase student work, do we need to get permission from parents every time their child is involved in one of these projects?  How do schools handle this?  How do you educate parents without raising this paranoia?

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