Wednesday , 23 August 2017
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Read the Fine Print! Tweet Beam Bills Unknowing Professionals

nobeamThis 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:

  1. 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.
  2. Do NOT use Tweet Beam!
  3. When in doubt, follow up with a Tech Team member or Cindy Geddes, Director of Accountability/Technology.

Below you will see a copy of the letter that folks are receiving who did not follow the Tweet Beam terms of use.

(Please know that Newton-Conover City Schools did NOT receive this warning.  This bill was issued to another educational institution in our state.)

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About Heather Mullins

Heather Mullins is the Chief Academic Officer in Newton-Conover City Schools. She is a North Carolina Teaching Fellow who spent 12 years as a high school English Teacher. She received her B.S.Ed. in Secondary English Education from Western Carolina University. Heather completed her National Board Certification in Adolescent Young Adult English Language Arts in 2002. She holds an M.Ed. in Academically and Intellectually Gifted from UNC-Charlotte. Heather has served as a Curriculum Specialist in Hickory City Schools, an adjunct professor at Lenoir-Rhyne University, and a Professional Development Consultant for the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. She completed her Ed.D. in Educational Leadership through Western Carolina University. Heather is one of the co-founders of #NCed Chat, North Carolina’s first Twitter chat for teachers. She is passionate about innovative practices, instructional technology, student ownership of learning, and supporting teachers. Heather serves on the advisory board for the North Carolina Digital Learning Plan, North Carolina School for the Deaf and Catawba Science Center. She is a recipient of the 2015 NCMLE Central Office Administrator to Watch Award. She also received the 2016 Don Chalker Award for Excellence in Educational Leadership. Heather is the proud mother of one son, Jackson.

2 comments

  1. Did you end up paying the charge? We also fell victim to their shady business model.

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