As a student I know exactly what the student body as a whole wants to see out of social media. Educators we want something innovative. We want something that’s easy and informative. Although an email may be easy and informative on your side…. we check social media first. Make a twitter page for our classes! Social media is on the rise.. notice it. Make a Facebook page for our classes! This won’t only benefit us.. it will benefit our parents as well. They want to know what’s going on. Parents are also checking social media FIRST. Go after what we are checking first. Go after what we are on on the daily as I like to say.
I recently gave a presentation at an education conference and focused on three keys to social media that students, staff members, parents, and community members want to see. They were inform, share, and grow. I had examples from each of these keys with the integration of Twitter. Let’s focus on them in this post but specifically under a student/parent expectation type of outline. What are we expecting from you (the educator) on social media?
1. Let us know about the upcoming and current week of school. What are we doing? Any activities?
2. Post homework assignments daily… Avoid us asking “I forgot what the homework was”
3. Post upcoming quiz dates and study resources if there are any
SHARE WITH US:
1. Share influential classroom ideas with us on social media. Get our opinion on them! We have ideas to improve in the classroom and other educators do as well on social media. We want to share them with you and see if they could work for us!
2. Share positive things that we’ve done for the school or community in class on social media
3. Tell parents about access to our social media pages. SHARE information with them as well not just the students. This helps with communication!
GROW WITH US:
1. Share hilarious classroom humor with us! We want to see your funny side not just the serious educator in YOU. This is growing our student/teacher relationship (it doesn’t have to be awkward)!
2. Connect with educators and get ideas from them. Share YOUR ideas. Bring them back into the classroom. If this done we will grow as a classroom! This also helps with student engagement if students like the ideas!
3. Talk to other students from other districts! See what great things they are doing at their schools. We can share these ideas in our buildings!