The Department of Education's Podcast server enables the school community to have an online space (known as sch.im) to host webpages with web 2.0 facilities allowing users to post comments on wikis and blogs. Wikis can be private or public and have restricted access to certain groups of people. For a more detailed explanation of wikis and blogs and how to create them see www.sch.im.
If you would like to create or contribute to a wiki for your school, research area, administration, class or other function to support the learning community you will need to comply with the following guidelines.
- Consult the ICT office in the first instance for your username and password. As with all passwords, do not tell anyone your password or write it down.
- Decide upon the audience for the wiki. Who will be allowed to comment? Will you allow anonymous comments? Will there be identifiable pictures of children on the wiki? If so, you will need to ask users to log in to read.
- The wiki must be used to share information, gather opinion, develop the learning process or to collaborate on documents relating to the learning community.
- It is good practice to inform your line manager/Headteacher that you are creating a wiki even if it a private one.
- It is good practice to include the user 'itrainer' in the permissions so that the ICT has access to your wiki if urgent editing is needed. (itrainer is Graham Kinrade, Alex Townsend and Julie Wilsdon)
- When creating and editing your wiki or commenting on a blog you must respect the rights of others and value their intellectual property. When publishing documents you must have the authors permission and accredit them.
- You must interact with others in a respectful and civil manner. Even in a private wiki, you must adhere to the department's Acceptable Use Policy. All users of the wiki and DoE systems must read and sign the AUP before proceeding.
- To comply with the AUP, each home page that children and young people can read must incorporate CEOP's 'report abuse' symbol with the link to the CEOP site. This link is now live on the top of each page.
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