It is amazing how teachers unions and school boards showed NO concern about how gsuite google non core services could be violating privacy rights of students (gsuite made their easier),
but now the teachers unions are HUGELY concerned about privacy issues with google video hangouts and google classroom (dont really want to actively teach in next 10 weeks!!)
April 15 Hour 1. From 11mins onward. Oecta Prez Liz Stuart
To followup from the last 2 days’ posts on the $5B being spent for wages, today we get confirmation the UNION has said no live video teaching permitted
Why is the union even setting policy?? Any restriction should only come from the professional college: Ontario College of Teachers. Unions should not be interfering in this pandemic!! The Information Privacy Commissioner has made NO statement against live video teaching.
Let’s look at Liz’s excuses for no live video teaching:
“Equity” – live classes can be recorded and sent out to kids who cannot attend live. (All classes should be recorded and archived anyway in case someone produces a “deep fake” video)
Privacy of kids: all cameras can be turned off by the instructor in apps like Cisco Webex. All mics can be muted. Or they can be off as default and only turned on individually if the student AND teacher wants.
Privacy of teacher: is it too much to ask someone making $95K per year to go into quiet room or put up a backdrop for $30?
All teachers should be doing is providing “connection with kids”: $5B for essentially no teaching and especially no teaching of NEW material?? We have heard that any teachers that actually are using live video are not actually teaching, just group chitchats (“connection”).
Publicly funded charter in NYC (12000 dead from Covid) is doing a fantastic job with video teaching. As well, many of the 1500 independent schools in Ontario (95% of them are very modest, non-elite) have answered the challenge!
Their students are 93% minorities and 80% poor!
Parents should be outraged at OECTA!! When will OCSB come clean with parents and tell them to expect little from teachers over next 10 weeks (schools were announced closed a month ago)
Toronto TDSB does live teaching:
Very good article by top notch education reporter Jacquie Miller
Time for some honest STRAIGHTFORWARD answers from school boards to parents and taxpayers!!!!
Here is a publicly funded charter school system in NYC – a city devastated by Covid19. Their students are 93 percent of color, and 78 percent from low-income households
For grade 4 and up, they have SEVERAL video classes per day.
In contrast, here is one grade 6 ocsb class. No video classes, minimal work. Another blog had 1hr of class video but it was more for social work and a check-in and way for kids to “see” each other. ie no instruction.
Both OECTA and OSSTF say no “live teaching”. So do not expect any zoom or google hagout video mtgs where thè teacher teaches ANY material!
We are paying $5B in wages to education workers for chitchat cideo mtgs and worksheets to be sent out.
In the last 2 weeks, there were lots of cute photos and videos telling kids that teachers miss them. Also tons of tweets on teacher self-care.
OCSB has 4000 employees and costs taxpayers over $10M/week (over 80% of that is wages).
Let’s see how many views teachers did of their own Learning Technology youtube channel. Less than 200 subscribers (5% of staff). The most viewed video only had 166 views! Most had about 10 or 20.
Are the teachers really ready for eteaching? Have they even tried to learn some new skills over the last 2 weeks?