Question: I have recently discovered many great ways a digital camcorder can be used to enhance curriculum and instruction in the classroom. I have also realized the sundry privacy issues that accompany its use. Allowing parents and others to view those videos can be a very powerful tool. Other schools have posted videos on the district’s YouTube page, so I wonder what process(es) they had to go through to be able to do that without major (or minor) repercussions stemming from privacy issues. I know the district’s privacy/media policy recently changed, so what do I have to do now to be able to post videos to YouTube, whether on the district’s page or not?
Response: I have attached a link to a page that includes both the student privacy guidelines that govern this issue in addition to the media policy.
Filming classroom activities for additional educational purposes is allowed under the following stipulations (pulled from the policies mentioned above):
Students who are filmed have NOT opted out under our “Student Privacy Rights” policy (a school secretary can run a query in Discovery to see who has opted out). We do not identify any specific students in videos with any additional text in the description or cutline. We do not interview students without express parental permission. Personal contact information about students must never be published.
We already have some videos from classrooms on our page. You can submit videos for youtube to Randy Ripplinger. You can email him at this address.
Thanks to the Communications Department for their assistance in responding to this question.