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No Social Media For CPS Teachers

Just a few days after patting itself on the back for enlisting a R&B singer with a MySpace page and lots of Twitter followers, CPS's new email policy (PDF) requiring teachers to use official email for all communications with students has come to light.

Blog readers brought this issue to light in reader comments over the weekend.  No communiating with students or their families via personal email.  No cell phones.  No Twitter.  No Facebook. 

Read below for one teacher's dismayed reaction, and weigh in with your thoughts. 

Just a few days after patting itself on the back for enlisting a

R&B singer with a MySpace page and lots of Twitter followers, CPS's new email policy (PDF) requiring teachers to use official email for all communications with students has come to light.

Blog readers brought this issue to light in reader commentsover the weekend.  No communiating with students or their families via

personal email.  No cell phones.  No Twitter.  No Facebook. 

Read below for one teacher's dismayed reaction, and weigh in with your thoughts. 

One teacher comments:

The biggest frustration is that on the technology front the CPS Network

is totally inadequate. The message to me is strong and clear - innovative, tech savvy teachers should look elsewhere for employment.

Also irritating is the proprietary nature of it all. With so many tools

out there to introduce technology into the curriculum, the CPS system

either can't or won't allow it. Even if the CPS system supported it, to

my knowledge there has been literally zero training available - for

students or staff - for any of these Collaboration Systems they

reference.

Also, I give my cell phone number out to

all of my students so they can call or text if the need me. This AUP bars contact with students via cell phones.  Obviously,

cell phones are not on the CPS Network systems.

I had also intended to

use Twitter for a significant portion of my class lessons since it is

an easy and free way for me to send bulk text messages. Needless to say

that won't be happening.

A few highlights:

Article III. DUTIES

Section C

User

Duties.  All Users have a duty to protect the security, integrity and

confidentiality of the CPS Network and Computer Resources including the

obligation to protect and report any unauthorized access or use, abuse,

misuse, injury, degradation, theft or destruction. Users shall comply

with all ITS Guidelines when using the CPS Network or Computer

Resources. All employees communicating with students via electronic

means must do so using CPS Network systems.

I guess this

means that the interactive website I've spent this summer designing for

my students with open-source WordPress is off limits. I can't share

video we create on our own. I can't ask them to compare and contrast

two of our own videos, or one of our videos with someone else's, or two

videos from elsewhere. I can't solicit student responses on core

content. I can't post accessible calendar information. I can't post a

contact form for students who forget or lose my e-mail address but know

the website we'll use on a weekly basis. I can't host interactive Flash

tools that my students use on a regular basis.

The

CPS network is simply incapable of handling my digital needs or the

needs of my students. I get 100MB of storage on the CPS network.

Seriously. 100MB. In this digital age. 500MB on the FirstClass e-mail

system. That's eaten up in no time with digital media, especially if

I'm encouraging students to use digital media as part of their

learning. Not to mention the fact it takes a month to delete old files.

(There is no way to empty the trash can on FirstClass. You have to put

the file in the trash and then wait. 4 weeks. And I can't store my data

on FirstClass for longer than 12 months. So I'm required to backup to

my own hard drive. But apparently, CPS owns everything on my drive, too.

Article IV. OWNERSHIP AND PRIVACY

Section A

Board

Property. All documents, data and information stored, transmitted and

processed on CPS Network or Computer Resources are the property of, and

subject to, the Board’s policies, rules, standards and guidelines on

usage.  Users shall ensure that  all access and use of such documents,

data and information complies with applicable laws and Board rules and

policies including those related to the Confidentiality of Student

Records and E-mail Retention.  When a User is no longer employed or

under contract with the Board, all information stored by that User on

CPS Network and Computer Resources remains the property of the Board.

I've

authored an interactive Flash tool that I'd like to use for my

students. It requires communication between me and them. If I am forced

to host it on the CPS Network in order to use it I simply will not use

it. I have no interest in giving CPS ownership of a product of hundreds

of hours of my own computer work. Also, when CPS lays off an employee,

that employee immediately  loses access to e-mail and the CPS Network.

Why exactly would any CPS employee store ANYTHING on the CPS Network

knowing it is no longer their own property and they may lose access to

it at any moment? How might an employee actually exercise any ownership

of proprietary information whatsoever?

Unacceptable use # 11 is use that "degrades the performance of the CPS Network or Computer Resources or causes a security risk."

I

violate this one every day. I download or upload large files. That

degrades the performance of the Network. I stream audio or video. That

degrades the performance of the Network. I access Impact and/or

GradeBook at the same time as thousands of other employees. That

degrades the performance of the Network.

Article VI.  E-MAIL  

A.

Usage. Users are not allowed to use third party e-mail systems (such as

Yahoo or AOL) in their capacity as representatives of Chicago Public

Schools. All e-mail sent by Users in their capacity as representatives

of the Chicago Public Schools must be sent from Board authorized e-mail

systems, with Board authorized return addresses. User e-mails are

subject to retention by ITS in accordance with the Board’s E-mail

Retention Policy.

Wow.

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Great Opportunities for Teachers but will CPS grow up! wrote 5 years 10 weeks ago

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As a teacher, with the professional organizations that I am affiliated with, we use [url=http://ning.com new=true]NIng Social Networks[/url] and Chicago's Own Biggest hit [url=http://basecamphq.com/ new=true]37 Signal's Basecamp [/url] project planning site.

George Hammer wrote 5 years 10 weeks ago

Trying to help

I have talked with high ranking officials in CPS about this issue. They have some legal mandates and statutes that make them keep records of conversations and try to reduce risk by making such social media policies. As the owner of a social media site in Chicago, http://applebatch.com , I am trying to do whatever it takes to help teachers connect online. In the coming years, CPS will open the doors to more innovative solutions. The new CEO is trying too but many things are beyond control.

Schools Add Cell Phones to Curriculum Slowly wrote 5 years 10 weeks ago

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how would this work in cps?

[url=http://features.csmonitor.com/innovation/2009/07/23/schools-add-cellphones-to-curriculum-%E2%80%93-slowly/ new=true]http://features.csmonitor.com/innovation/2009/07/23/schools-add-cellphones-to-curriculum-%E2%80%93-slowly/[/url]

By Colleen Long | Associated Press/ July 23, 2009 edition
NEW YORK

Smart phones now have hundreds of applications meant to educate kids — from graphic calculators to animation programs that teach spelling and phonics.

And while most public schools don’t allow the devices because they’re considered distractions — and sometimes portable cheating tools — some school districts have started to put the technology to use.

The key, educators say, is controlling the environment in which they are used.

In St. Mary’s, Ohio, a school district of 2,300 students is continuing a pilot program where third-, fourth- and fifth-graders are assigned PDAs for use as a learning tool in the classroom, and at home. They use applications created by a company called Go Know! to draw pictures and create sketches, journal and write essays, said Kyle Menchhofer, the district’s technology coordinator. Other applications create flash cards for spelling and math.
Students took the phones on a museum field trip where they took photos, uploaded them to a server where the teacher could view the assignment and wrote blurbs about what they saw.

to to question wrote 5 years 11 weeks ago

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right, so the student answers your cell phone when you ar trying to call the parent. Student does not give theparent the message anyway and then tells her friends you creeped her out by calling her home. Please, this is all designed on the extreme and now there is no turning back. I hope they hold charters to such high 'quality' policies.

To Question wrote 5 years 11 weeks ago

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I've read the AUP numerous times and I don't see anything that explicitly prohibits teacher-parent contact via cell phone as long as there is no communication between teacher and student.

Question wrote 5 years 11 weeks ago

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What does this new policy mean for non-board issued cell phone use between parents and teachers? I read the policy and of course, like most policies they are either very difficult to understand or intentionally constructed with a bit of ambiguity.
Thanks

George N. Schmidt wrote 5 years 11 weeks ago

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The elipses in the last posting were because I coined two words that Alexander's robot censors DO NOT ALLOW. Once I removed them, the posting went through. If you want to fill in the blanks above, here's a hint.

The third syllable of each of the words left incomplete above begins with "P" and rhymes with CORN. Only a town with Second City could fully appreciate this thing, as we'll be reporting for the next couple of weeks while admiring how mathematically, legally, accountingly, and ethically dumb our colleagues in the reporting field insist on remaining.

George N. Schmidt wrote 5 years 11 weeks ago

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The Board of Education's budget hearings begin tomorrow night (August 17) at Amundsen High School (5110 N. Damen) at 7:00 p.m. Since Chicago is now the model of corporate "school reform" for the USA, it behooves everyone to take a very very close look at how Chicago does its school business. Since Chicago has already been treated to the hysterical Huberspin on this massive document (via the corporate media, including our semi-numerate buddies here at Catalyst, and Mayor Daley's command and control media centers), it might be interesting for people to take a look at the numbers, claims, and data (after all, we're in an era of "data driven management") being provided to the public in the form of this legally required document. It reminds me of the old IPO material from outfits like Goldman Sachs during the "dot.com" (actually it should have been "dot.con") era. You have to read it to fully appreciate it. (Heck, I still have the White Sox cap that Webvan -- remember them? -- gave out 30,000 of back in the day at Sox Park a couple of years before the World Series...).

But I digress...

While the obsessions articulated here at District 299.con and in the corporate headlines are interesting, between now and August 26, CPS will approve a $6.8 billion budget for 2009-2010. (It's nearly seven billion because they've decided to throw their Capital budget back into the thingy; you know, one year it's in and the next year it's out...).

That budget, so far kept secret from the public (unless you have a very powerful computer, a huge amount of patience, and a hearty printer), it one of the most dangerous documents ever implemented by the Chicago Board of Education and is evidence both of the incompetence and the arrogance of Ron Huberman and his new administrative team.

A number of people will be outlining, piece by piece, just how arrogant, how incompetent, and how outrageous that "proposed budget" is over the next four days.

August 17, 2009. Monday. Amundsen High School, 5110 N. Damen. Hearing begins with Board Power Point presentation at 7:00 p.m.

August 18, 2009. Tuesday. Marshall High School, 3250 W. Adams. Hearing begins with Board Power Point presentation at 7:00 p.m.

August 19, 2009. Wednesday. Black Magnet School, 9101 S. Euclid. Hearing begins with Board Power Point presentation at 7:00 p.m.

Public participation sign in is from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the site each night.

What do I really think about the Hubercon in the Huberbudget?

Thanks for asking.

In light of the recent purges of competence from CPS by the new tribe of CTAs and MBAs in the Huberposse, the only way to characterize this thing is Huber----, a sub genre of the kind of Econ---- we've seen the past decade as east bubble (dot.con; commodities; housing) burst upon us. Brought to you by the same con jobs.

But the joke's on us.

breaking the Law wrote 5 years 11 weeks ago

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is is becoming evident that huberman is breaking board policy with his twiter initiative in addition to endorsing and promoting inappropriate material for minors.

To new tribune site wrote 5 years 11 weeks ago

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I have been wondering the same thing and just thought it was me. Thanks for confirming--they need to add a tab for education.

New Tribune Site Hides Education as a topic wrote 5 years 11 weeks ago

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What does that say! If you go to the newly reorganized Tribune Home Page, there is only one reference to education, and that points to their semi-defunct NIE resource page. What is going on there! I guess there is a lot to hide!

Thanks George wrote 5 years 11 weeks ago

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in short Da Mayor, Huberman and his MBA's and the media are diverting us from the numbers that mean something! Again the media is covering for the the mayor!

George N. Schmidt wrote 5 years 11 weeks ago

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I know I wrote $6.8 "trillion" in the above posting.

It was deliberate, when as you know we're talking about $6.8 billion dollars that CPS is proposing in the budget it's been spending since July 1.

But that was to get your attention.

Now for the Lehman Brothers question.

Why did the six members of the Chicago Board of Education who voted in favor of that $2.3 million Capital Development bonding on July 22 not ask -- in public -- how CPS can be borrowing all that new borrowing when CPS has just exploded its first debt bomb in the "Proposed Budget 2009-2010"?

And why in the face of a debt crisis (not a "pension crisis" like the official corporate media line goes, a "debt crisis" just like hammered housing) is CPS planning to double down on its already existing debt? Now? This year?

Only the same people who could lose $50 or $100 million of the children's money like Lehman Brothers (check out the investment income drop at CPS) on exotic nonsense could come up with an adrenaline and Red Bull juiced proposal to expand their debt to an all-time high, do it without any public discussion, and try and get away with it with a straight face.

Oh, I forgot.

The Tribune has everybody worrying about how Rick Munoz's kids got into Whitney Young.

And the Sun-Times is fluttering about the same diversions.

While Catalyst stays in numerical kindergarten and contents its smug self with parroting every pre-digested talking point to come out, publicly or on the side ("just between you and me, cool guy) as the latest "school reform" "news and analysis."

I hate metaphors, but the Titanic is irresistible at this point in history on these two counts. Don't read on if, like me, you think metaphors and talking points have made much of the USA brain dead in the face of ruthless facts.

This time, it really is the Titanic, and for a lot of incredibly ironic reasons. I guess we've got to honor the ironies of history, since we no longer teach it in this era of "standards and accountability," "business models," and "technocrats."

First, one the "admissions" "scandal" that's keeping everyone in the mass media from noticing the real CPS budget (as opposed to those mayoral babblings that are seriously indicating pre-onslaught dementia).

If Chicago hadn't let Richard Daley get away with depriving the city of lifeboats (four year general high schools in all communities) where every child would want to go and get the full array of courses, extra activities, and sports -- like in the suburban high schools -- would anyone be complaining about the selective enrollment ones.

This scramble for the few (perceived; as I've said, it's really not the reality) lifeboats that exist (in the minds of too many articulate parents) can only happen if, like with the Titanic and the Belfast yard that produced it, the design was wrong in the first place. This was a failure of the "leadership" (Daley; Duncan; corporate Chicago) not of the "high schools." The Titanic metaphor goes from the quality of the rivets that were supposed to keep the hull from popping to the number of lifeboats. And that was ordered by the guys who did the bonds that built the boat, not the engineers, welders, or even the architects.

Cost cutting. On the drawing board and in the rooms of the bean counters.

Second metaphor comes when you can see the iceberg but decide not to steer around it. In this case, it's not a legal pension obligation, but two decisions to (a) put off debt as far as possible, so it balloons in the next three years ("kicking the can" Vallas's people called it), and (b) add to that debt by the largest amount possible in the next few months.

And to think the same bank whose bean counters sunk the Titanic is now helping push the Good Old CPSanic out into the same waters in the same way. J. P. Morgan. J. P. Morgan Chase. The Daley family. What a team!

George N. Schmidt wrote 5 years 11 weeks ago

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Anyone who still believes that Ron Huberman is a "technocrat" should re-examine what you think that term means. Like his two predecessors, Ron Huberman is a political appointee, beholden and mentored by Richard M. Daley, mayor of Chicago.

As many people both at Clark St. and in "the field" have already noticed, Huberman's knowledge and understanding of anything more complex that TrueBasic or the old "object oriented programmings" kindergartens of a decade ago does not exist.

His budgetary analysis and understanding are worse than either of his predecessors (and given Arne Duncan's arrogant ignorance in that regard, that's a mouthful).

The man is a political commissar. All the hype (Chicago magazine; Chicago Tonight; blah, blah, blah) is just that — hype. He's packed with as many stock clichés as Arne Duncan was, albeit of a different kind. That edgy stare he gets in his eyes is cunning, but not based on knowledge of anything in particular.

And that MA from the University of Chicago? Have you checked to see what "standards" people going through the School of Social Service Administration actually have to know -- about math, statistics, accounting, auditing, budget, or any number of other realities?

When you can look back and say (sigh) that Paul Vallas knew and understood more than either of his two predecessors and that Arne Duncan was better informed than his predecessor, the very notion is breathtaking.

But that's the truth. Read that satiric document called the "Proposed Budget 2009-2010" or any of the recent edicts from the CEO level and ask yourself how any self-respecting "technocrat" could have let that thingy go through with his name on it.

Only in a city where the babblings of the tyrant are treated with deference could this guy have been placed in power over a public school system. The creation of this commissar is the last and most cynical act of tyranny under Richard M. Daley and the Amendatory Act. Ironically, Huberman's praxis will make the case very very quickly for an end to mayoral control.

But, sadly, not before the last Debt Bomb he's planning to set off has put CPS in the same category as Lehman Brothers, and for many of the same arrogant ignorant reasons.

People should at least leave with their dignity intact, but there are already so many people trying to kiss this guy's mistletoe (to quote the first Daley) that it's unlikely.

See you at the budget hearings. Two things you can count on:

One, Mr. Technocrat won't be there to hear informed people dissect that mess he's pawning off (mostly, by keeping it out of the public's reach) as his first "proposed budget" and

Two, the Seven Dwarfs will neither be at the hearings to hear what the public is saying about the mess they are about to escalate, nor will they read the critiques people make, nor will they ask any questions in public about that $6.8 trillion they are already spending of our money.

Monday, Amundsen.

Tuesday, Marshall.

Wednesday, Black.

Sign in: 6:00 - 7:00.

Showtime: 7:00 each night.

IVHS: Contact Mr. Huberman wrote 5 years 11 weeks ago

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Can you help me decipher? Does this mean IVHS students CAN use blackboard and can talk to teachers on cell phones?

Blackboard use, Elluminate use, and cell phone contact between teachers and students violates the AUP.

However, Mr. Huberman may provide written approval in support of such interaction upon request. I'm sure the IVHS folk will ask Mr. Huberman and I can't imagine why he would turn them down.

the cell phone wrote 5 years 11 weeks ago

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has to be CPS issued in order to get calls and to call students.

still confused wrote 5 years 11 weeks ago

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Can you help me decipher? Does this mean IVHS students CAN use blackboard and can talk to teachers on cell phones?

Contact Mr. Huberman wrote 5 years 11 weeks ago

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Maybe Mr. Huberman should be deluged with requests for the use of third-party systems to contact and interact with students via class blog, text messages, and cell phones:
[i]Users may not circumvent the requirements of this policy or other Board policies by using a third-party system to communicate when a similar system is otherwise available on the CPS Network. To the extent that a particular system is not available on the CPS Network, User’s use of a third-party system is subject to written approval by the Office of the Chief Executive Officer (CEO). If approved, such use is subject the requirements of this policy.[/i]

The larger focus on this thread is about CPS Huberman not ha wrote 5 years 11 weeks ago

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Yup it is about CPS and Huberman laying pure crap on CPS teachers, Again!

Mr. Ebay? MISTER Ebay? wrote 5 years 11 weeks ago

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Calm down. You talk like you are jumping up and down and waving your finger around. And why do you assume it's a man? Now, THAT'S interesting! Maybe you should talk about that, or maybe see someone.

there ia more to this wrote 5 years 11 weeks ago

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ebay what?--maybe what you are bidding on CPS does not like.
Teachers here Mr. Ebay are talking about much more than this--getting and keping in touch with students is very important. This policy condemed this.

E-Bay Away wrote 5 years 11 weeks ago

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Have you all actually read the AUP?

Personal use of limited duration that falls within acceptable use of the CPS Network and CPS Resources is allowed. For instance, it would be well within the guidelines of the AUP to E-Bay away while on your lunch period. During class or prep time? That's a different story.

Article V.
B. [b]Personal Use.[/b] Use of CPS Network and Computer Resources is intended for Board business, with limited personal use permitted. Such personal use must in all circumstances comply with the unacceptable use and conduct provisions in this policy, and must not result in costs to the Board, cause legal action against or cause embarrassment to the Board. Such use must also be appropriate as to duration and not interfere with the User’s duties and the Board’s business demands.

Austin wrote 5 years 11 weeks ago

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If we had arbitration rights for all disciplinay actions. how about working in an atmoshere free from intimidation and discrimination,assured of job security and deriving satisfaction from earning and working condition. Professional dignity that is all we want. After I swipe in with Mr.Kronos.

call me crazy wrote 5 years 11 weeks ago

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but I think this is a brilliant strategy by the board to have the sudden power to dismiss high paid or "troublemaking" teachers. If one "acts badly" they get a resolution warning. A second incident - not even related to the first incident calls for dismissal. They can - as someone said above - see EXACTLY what you do online once you have logged in.
Like you have NEVER looked at eBay? or paid a bill? even once? even on your free period, it's not allowed. So, after just one accusation, they pull your online history during work hours. GONE. A teacher at my school got one of these warnings because a student claimed the teacher called him a name. She could not prove she did not do it. And the union can't do a thing about it.

Huberman Cluesless Technocrat on Technology wrote 5 years 11 weeks ago

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Like Duncan, Huberman is putting mandates on top of mandates on teachers without providing extra time providing archaic or buggy online systems that instead of cutting time are time wasters. As a Technocrat, Huberman should know that providing archaic online student information systems and grading systems from two different vendors is a time waster. Why don't we have one modern SIS/Gradebook system instead ot two third rate programs? It makes no sense. CPS could have upgraded to Pearson's PowerSchool 6 or something comparable and are seen as best of breed online systems. Huberman has not added one more hour of instructional time, yet wants teachers to do more on these fourth rate systems. Huberman do it right or not at all! If Huberman has seen these systems, can he ask himself if these systems justify the cost of maintaining. He can take down First Class as well. Who knows who has the contract and cost for each program?

Bob wrote 5 years 11 weeks ago

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IEP

During the summer I took the training for the new electronic IEP.
I am not a SPED teacher but I do monitor over 30 computers so
I better learn how it works. Well the instructor was great, but
The program was cumbersome, and will tie up a whole lot of
computer time. It is web based ,like IMPACT.

Of even more concern to SPED teachers is our new law, Public Act 96-187.

Questions but no answers=SOP wrote 5 years 11 weeks ago

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Who has the contract for the new e-IEP?

How much is U of C receiving for thier "smash and grab" mentoring program?

wait for CPSU-grievance time wrote 5 years 11 weeks ago

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hey y'all. Our principal went to a meeting in late July and was introduced to CPS U-niversity. Wait until you see how much more work you now have to do just to get into a class, take the class and prove you were in the class. You even have to do this now for IN-HOUSE PD. There is a core group of teachers who have to keep up with this program and we do NOT get paid to do this, no sub, no extra time--no--no payment. When are we to do this during instructional time or prep time? We have no tech person, our assistant principal tis a eacher and we do not get an lit or math lead teacher. We are so busy with IMPACT and gradebk that does not work and firstcls which is a nightmare, they cant get payroll right and now we are responsible for getting all this into the CPS peoplesoft DB?! Soft is right! I smell grievance here.

What a waste of monies! wrote 5 years 11 weeks ago

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Ron needs to cut the fat! The real fat not media spinning.

CPS wastes millions of dollars-look at the useless IEP and useless Professional Development when inept "trainers" make $500.00 per day.

How much money does CPS lose from unfilled special education positions-the state will only reimburse IF the teacher is certified.

How much is it costing CPS to pay U of C for a mentoring program and how is this justified when we had a good program and the mentors received a nominal stipend-now we have U of C mentors with a whopping 5-6 years experience who will run in and out of schools as fast as a repo man-what a joke!

Mysterious Company wrote 5 years 11 weeks ago

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Yes, they should be fired and whomever in CPS/OSS who approved this travesty should be fired! or let them do my 20 IEPS-worse punishment than terminiation.

The E-IEP Company should be fired for gross incompetance! wrote 5 years 11 weeks ago

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Regarding electronic iep: Again a firm mandate given from the geniuses from above who don't eat their own dog food. That is a common geek term meaning that they don't use their own software. It is important that we out the sins of the CPS Top administrators who mandate without giving the folks in the trenches decent tools to work with. These clowns set the tone system wide.

Rod on electronic IEP wrote 5 years 11 weeks ago

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I saw a Board report on who got the contract to develop the IEP. But I can not locate it. I had to have been in 2006 or 2007.

Rod

Speaking of tele-systems wrote 5 years 11 weeks ago

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CPS put this whole new phone system and phone equipment throughout the school building (three floors) last year; lots of noise, dust, holes through the concrete floors/walls, and guess what? CPS closed the school this year. How many teachers salaries or pension contributions were wasted with this? so sad

telephones in schools wrote 5 years 11 weeks ago

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we have the new mitel system in our school--what a mess that is. if the phone system is down NONE of our Iternet works- NONE. We cannot get the voicemail, it is complicated to use, the trainer rushed through it so fast, we did not understand a word she said and you cannot even hear the person on the other end, because the volume control is so poor. And you have to set the volume control with EACH phone call, in or out! This system is a mess and a waste of $.

CPS Top administrators do things Half *ssed wrote 5 years 11 weeks ago

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Yes world, CPS Top managers do things half *ssed! CPS was to bring in state of the art Voice over IP phones into the schools. Yes and No! It is a hybrid system. The great minds decided to go half way and not spend the money to bring phones in every classroom with true Voice over IP. Again, if the priority was direct communication with parents, there would be phones in every classroom.

First Class is an abomination to the intellect. The paces that one has to go to and back and forth and back, is ludicrous. The Leaders of ITS, are First Class mental midgets. Huberman, with your great business acumen, do find First Class as worthy of the considerable time necessary to do the most simple things.

If Huberman was as technology savvy and hip as he likes to portray himself, he would be in Mountain View, California talking with Google on trying to see what what they could do for CPS. Sorry, if I didn't mention Microsoft, but I am still a bit woozy from using that half baked poor excuse for a web based program called Web Outlook. From Web Outlook to First Class... Great technological leap! Yes Chicago, Our top managers use your tax dollars to buy third rate crap!

Bento Quit Bashing Teachers! wrote 5 years 11 weeks ago

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Bento quit the teacher bashing. The generalization is troll like as others have mentioned by your behavior.

Usually in a lab, just like a classroom, the tech prep teachers know who is who. There are ways to monitor student performance without sitting on ones butt! I use a checklist, short anecdotal notes, student share outs at the end of the lesson, status of class before or after and enter and exit slips. I have great participation from my middle school teachers. Since we are on the same page, they even stay to help when they can. I also talk with students and get information on some some of the dynamics between students that makes for less than stellar performance.

Quit bashing teachers and work with them!

Maureen Kelleher wrote 5 years 11 weeks ago

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I'm not even going to get into the social media conversation, but I have to note that in 10 years of reporting on CPS and setting foot in large numbers of schools, I've been in one elementary school (Harold Washington Elem on the far South Side) where teachers had working landline phones in their classroom and could use them to call parents. In just six weeks of teaching at Social Justice HS three years ago I would have been lost without my cell phone as a means to stay in contact with parents.

I suspect the prohibition probably has to do with teacher-student cell phone communication and the potential for improper behavior. But it's a huge overreaction. Unless CPS can manage to get a working phone in every single classroom (and I'll believe that when I see it), this hamstrings teachers in a very basic way.

Remember your purple book wrote 5 years 11 weeks ago

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The CTU wants to Control of ALL MAILBOXES. The Chicago Teacher Union leadership haas been ineffective in the negotiation of Contract,organizing charter schools,supperessing the loss of jobs and the handling of day to day crises. The word is out and they want to keep it a secert.

Bento wrote 5 years 11 weeks ago

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Bob,
My point isn't that teachers are using work computers for personal business. They aren't allowed to anyway. My point was that they are not properly monitoring students in the lab. Do I have access to teachers credit card numbers? No. Do I want it? No.

My main target is the students. If large numbers of them are not working then there is a problem in the classroom and the principal wants to know about it. If there are a handful not on task and the teacher doesn't know they would like to know and I tell them. I don't have the time to monitor all the time but I do make the time when asked by the Principal and the teachers. The more eyes you have on the problem the more you can do to eliminate it. All of the teachers in the building love the monitoring software and are eager to use it and learn how to use it. I am molding them to be very tech savvy. As a TechCo that is my job.

If you are a teacher and are using a lab of 30 computers with 30 students and you feel the best use of that time is to do your own personal business and not to watch the kids who happen to be doing their own personal business than that is bad. I see it way too often. Call it creepy if you want but it is very important to protect the integrity of the network. If someone brings in a virus and it happens regularly then it can and has crashed the system. Monitoring the network through firewalls, etc keeps you using Impact, Gradebook and so on. If you introduced a virus in to the system and crashed Impact and could no longer use it who would you blame? CPS, of course. This is besides the point.

I answer directly to my Principal as does everyone in the school and he expects that students and teachers do their work. The students are aware they are being monitored as do the teachers.

Guess what I have also been asked by the Principal to see past emails sent by particular employees using work email. I don't have the ability to get that info but CPS does. Don't like it? Guess what Google, Yahoo and the others all keep your emails on file. If the FBI wanted to get info on you they can get into your Yahoo account and take it down. You think any electronic information passed over the web is secure? Google tracks everything you do when you use their site. Where do you think the instant ads come from?

As far as IEP's go I still don't understand your point. I have nothing to do with IEP's. I have no interest in them. But I have seen teachers leave physical copies in copiers and classrooms, even share them with students. I have yet to see the mysterious E-IEP.

SPED teachers need help... wrote 5 years 11 weeks ago

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Why didn't the CTU special education committeee address this useless e-IEP and the J-Car ruling-it was not mentioned in their end of the year summary.

Does anyone know how CPS gets out of following the new J-CAR rules whereas the rest of the school districts in Illinois have spent two years preparing their teachers and parents for these changes?

I am really appalled at the illegal manuevers of CPS when it comes to special eduaction prograsm. Yes, they our special education students count for AYP but not ISAT and most principals are too overwhelmed/unprepared to fight OSS.

How large can the inclusion caseloads get before someone files due process or a lawsuit? The data is all electrronic and very easy to monitor but who is monitoring? Corey H. ?

Bob wrote 5 years 11 weeks ago

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Very Creepy

Bento thank you for your explanation. Personally I don’t have time to
watch all my computers. I am always otherwise engaged in helping
students ,teachers, administrators, parents ect. Must be nice to be able to
monitor a room from one location. Who monitors you?

I know I don’t own the network but I sure as hell help pay for it like
every other taxpayer. You can look at whatever you like but keeping
a downloaded screen shot of an adult engaged in personal business,
or do you ban people from the lab during lunch, is very creepy.
Turn the offending teacher in to the proper authorities for misuse.
The screen shot would be evidence. I cannot believe you are a real person
But like I said, and you didn’t answer, have you ever saved a credit
card number on a screen capture? Stand over a SPED teachers shoulder while
They are filling out an IEP and let me know what they say.

Prepare to Wait wrote 5 years 11 weeks ago

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I've been waiting 2 weeks to hear back from Ms. McGuire on matters surrounding a major issue. Forgive me for having little faith that anything will come of e-mailing the CTU.

digital divide wrote 5 years 11 weeks ago

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Kids attack digital divide

Target parents in Chicago, where 25% don't use Net

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/chi-digital-divide-city-zone-12...

Sam wrote 5 years 11 weeks ago

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Not sure if this will help, but Mary McGuire told me to send her questions/concerns regarding this matter. She said to have others send her questions/concerns as well. If you don't want to send her something and want me to do it, place the question/concern on here or send it to forestcop1972@yahoo.com

Below is her email, not certain what will come out of this. Hope it is something good.
marymcguire@ctulocal1.com

calling Rod Estvan wrote 5 years 11 weeks ago

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Rod - Do you know the answer on this?

Mysterious Vendor wrote 5 years 11 weeks ago

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Who is the vendor for this disastrous e-IEP?

Who at CPS gave the apporval for this newest waste of monies?

Where is the CTU?

Where is OSS?

Will ISBE step in when we are more out of compliance than usual?

Big Brother Bento wrote 5 years 11 weeks ago

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Hey Bob,
A little clarity on what I am talking about.

"I commented on this Bento yesterday. While it is technically possible To monitor another, or large group of computers from one location That puts the person doing the observation in a very difficult position."

[b]Not at all. There are numerous programs out there for the monitoring of computer lab usage. [url=http://www.netop.com/products/education/vision6.htm new=true]here[/url], [url=http://italc.sourceforge.net/ new=true]here[/url] and [url=http://www.faronics.com/html/Insight.asp new=true]here[/url] are pretty popular ones in CPS. They are used in schools around the world by teachers who care about what their students are doing online. I have had parents call angry because they found their children on MySpace when they should have been working on school work. Yes that can be monitored by just accessing your child's page, it tells you they are on. Guess who the parent held accountable for that. Not the kid, but the teacher. The programs show you in real time what the user is doing. It lets you take remote control of their machine, lock it out, shut it down, communicate through chat or demonstrate something to them. You can also take screen captures with time and date stamps. This is useful when a parent is contacted and wants proof. If you don't see the significance of this type of software then I am sorry. [/b]

" Ease dropping on someone is creepy enough but the consequences you face for what you might find can be devastating. What if this Bento was watching an IEP being prepared? Did Bento read anyone’s E-Mail? What would Bento do if someone found out what was going on?
That’s why I thing there is no Bento. If in fact the person who wrote really keeps screen captures of personal communications with Target .com. Wouldn’t that include credit card numbers? I hope this is just somebody venting."

[b]In case you might have forgotten you don't have the right to do what you want on a work computer or over the your employers network. This isn't something that is unique to CPS this happens all over the world in education, the government and corporate America. The rules in place are there to protect you as well. If you place your credit card over a large WAN like CPS anyone within the network can hack it. Besides, do you know where your credit card goes when you hand it to a waiter at a restaurant? It is more common for your information to be stolen there than over the internet. It is pretty clear that you should not be using your work computer for non-work things...so why take the risk? You may not like that someone is monitoring the network but it is their network and within their right to monitor what goes through it. As for IEP's if you want to watch an IEP being prepared go stand over someone shoulders. I don't quite understand how that applies to computer lab monitoring and maintenance, which is what I am talking about. [/b]

Twitter wrote 5 years 11 weeks ago

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You should see who is following CPSBacktoSchool..

bugmebug - Jack Bolender
Hackers in America take control of 8million medical records and ransom it for $10,000,000

Abbey_Hartley_1 - Abbey Hartley
Go check out my private pics http://tinyurl.com/r53l5w (Likely NSFW)

hs teacher 2 wrote 5 years 11 weeks ago

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I teach a very demanding subject and have always given students my cell number - I don't have a land line. What are my students supposed to do if they have trouble with homework? Not do it? This is always a problem. I'd rather them call me so we can figure it out than not do the work. That puts me behind in what I plan to teach the next day.

GENIUSES - Have these guys never heard of throwing the baby out with the bathwater? I don't think these "policies" will pass muster constitutionally.

John C. Silva wrote 5 years 11 weeks ago

Using Twitter

I use Twitter for a very narrow purpose, an additional method of reminding my students about assignments, due dates, and other events. I also post links to news articles I use in my weekly current events quizzes. It is not a primary method of communication but one I stated experimenting with while working on my Master's project in e-learning.

One issue is that people fall in love with a technology and try to fit it to an educational purpose. Not every technology is useful for the classroom. CPS on the other hand is trying to exercise an Orwellian level of control over our use of technology.

Innovation happens when teachers are able to freely experiment and try new things. This policy will only guarantee stagnation and hold us back from trying to be 21st century educators.

Guess who suffers?

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