5th September from 8.30 - 9.30pm at

ETRU Weekly #81 (think that's right after summer break)


- daibarnes daibarnes
- gideonwilliams gideonwilliams (hold on - only thing missing from Agenda is Dai Barnes kids homework to mark!)
- mggale mggale
- dajbelshaw dajbelshaw (not starting a school year for the first time in my life!) <--- Respect to the Belshaw - this is huge! He must be a real grown-up. <- I don't believe him, unless he did an OU degree while still at school, in which case total respect!! :o)
- bellaale bellaale
Ian Addison - hopefully!
John McLear
- marycooch marycooch
- misetak misetak wondering if - daibarnes daibarnes thinks we have two hours tonight?
- grumbledook grumbledook (in between reading pre-course notes for Project Management course next week!)
- dughall dughall Might be a bit late but full of good intentions.
- nellmog nellmog
- kvnmcl kvnmcl Hope to stay until 9
- marcgr marcgr First timer


Actions from PREVIOUS Meeting:



  1. Back to school 1: Which one tech item would you recommend to new to tech teachers to have a shot with this year? - daibarnes daibarnes
  2. Back to school 2: Which software are you most looking forward to using this year? - daibarnes daibarnes
  3. Back to school 3: Which hardware will you be championing this year? - daibarnes daibarnes
  4. Back to school 4: Which Web2.0 tool is stirring your juices? - daibarnes daibarnes
  5. Turning your tech around for the new year. How do you handle it? Archive VLE courses? Backup and restore (Moodle thing)? Empty the old users and add the new? Build new sites from scratch? What advice can you offer? - daibarnes daibarnes
  6. ebooks and ereaders: do they have a future in schools? Weigh up pros and cons and probability of them penetrating education market. - daibarnes daibarnes
  7. What are the laws [guidelines? - dajbelshaw dajbelshaw] re teachers communicating with kids? No facebook (or non-school social networking)? No private email addresses? What if pupil sends a message from their private account to your school account? - daibarnes daibarnes (file from the grumblingdook via twitter: , see text below)
  8. Back to school 5: What about filming/photographing pupils and then using material in blogposts? - bellaale bellaale
  9. ALT-C - @kvnmcl & @dajbelshaw going - guest ( guest (

Text from comms guidance doc:

Communication between children and adults, by whatever method, should take place within clear and explicit professional boundaries. This includes the wider use of technology such as mobile phones text messaging, e-mails, digital cameras, videos, web-cams, websites and blogs. Adults should not share any personal information with a child or young person. They should not request, or respond to, any personal information from the child/young person, other than that which might be appropriate as part of their professional role. Adults should ensure that all communications are transparent and open to scrutiny.
Adults should also be circumspect in their communications with children so as to avoid any possible misinterpretation of their motives or any behaviour which could be construed as grooming. They should not give their personal contact details to children and young people including e-mail, home or mobile telephone numbers, unless the need to do so is agreed with senior management and parents/carers. E-mail or text communications between an adult and a child young person outside agreed protocols may lead to disciplinary and/or criminal investigations. This also includes communications through internet based web sites.

Internal e-mail systems should only be used in accordance with the organisation’s policy.

This means that the organisation should:
  • have a communication policy which specifies acceptable and permissible modes of communication

This means that adults should:
  • not give their personal contact details to children or young people, including their mobile telephone number and details of any blogs or personal websites
  • only use equipment e.g. mobile phones, provided by organisation to communicate with children, making sure that parents have given permission for this form of communication to be used
  • only make contact with children for professional reasons and in accordance with any organisation policy
  • recognise that text messaging is rarely an appropriate response to a child in a crisis situation or at risk of harm. It should only be used as a last resort when other forms of communication are not possible
  • not use internet or web-based communication channels to send personal messages to a child/young person
  • ensure that if a social networking site is used, details are not shared with children and young people and privacy settings are set at maximum

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Further Contributors or Thoughts