This year, the NCCS instituted the NCCS Tool/App Approval List. Although the process may have felt overwhelming at times, last week, we received a startling reminder of just why this document and process are so important. Educational organizations across North Carolina began receiving bills from Tweet Beam last week. The correspondence from Tweet Beam accused these agencies of using the service without a site license. Although the site does allow for full functionality without payment, the site’s Terms and Conditions section expressly forbids any use of their platform with a group – whether that be a birthday party, a fundraiser, or a group of educators. The company now claims that schools, RESAs, and other educational organizations now owe $499 for unauthorized use .
The lessons to take away:
- When you find a site/app you like, check the NCCS tool/app approval list for district approval. If your site/tool/app is not on the list, turn the site into a Tech Team member to add it to the list for review.
- Do NOT use Tweet Beam!
- When in doubt, follow up with a Tech Team member or Cindy Geddes, Director of Accountability/Technology.
(Please know that Newton-Conover City Schools did NOT receive this warning. This bill was issued to another educational institution in our state.)