Social Media... A Love Hate Relationship
Unleash Social Media To Tell Your School's Story
In Lead Like A Pirate, Chapter 15 got me thinking a lot about our current practices using Social Media, how we get information out to parents and teachers, as well as how the Special Education population is often afraid to use Social Media in fear of law suites and breaking privacy laws. It's so much to THINK about before a Special Education teacher posts, most feel like it's not worth it to even bother. Is there a way around this? I think there is!
Here are my "take-aways" from this chapter. The "Why" quotes by Shelley and Beth, the ideas of what to use to get your message out using Social Media, and the books mentioned that can give you more ideas to "Tell Your Story before someone else does". I work as an Instructional Technology Specialist with our Special Education Department, so I wanted to share a few ways we can use social media for our population, since we are usually the last to want to put thing out there for the public to see.
2. If you aren't comfortable sharing pictures of your students, take pictures of activities creatively. Maybe only having students' hands in the pictures, or put emoji's over student faces before posting.
The purpose is to share the good things going on in our classrooms, not to call out our kids who have disabilities.
3. Don't use student names in your posts so it's not tied to their digital footprint if searched.
4. Use a class hashtag and/or a school hashtag. Be proud of what you do in your class and your students will too.
5. Have one place where parents can access any information they may need without having to contact you directly.
Ideas: A class website with a quick link section for all social media, A "contact me" section so you can be contacted easily, A Google Form for anonymous feedback on communication between school and home, A bio about you so you're transparent about your experience, passions and interests.
I'm an Innovative Learning Coordinator in Berkeley County South Carolina and a Google Certified Trainer.