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Social Media Strategies for Early Career Teachers

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I used to post a lot to social media in college, but that shouldn’t matter now. I have all my posts locked down so only my friends can see them.

Depending on how you’ve set up your preferences, the public, including students and parents may be able to see pictures you’ve been tagged in outside of your page. Having students, parents, or supervisors see images of you letting loose might not be the best idea.

We suggest googling your name and picture and see what’s in cyberspace!

I am “friends” with all my students on social media. This helps us keep in contact and develop relationships that are useful in the classroom.

Yes, but…this should be used with caution. Be vigilant in protecting your reputation; once it is called into questions it’s very difficult to recover. Whether intentional or not, actions or words can be taken out of context and have potential harmful impacts to all parties involved – teacher, student, families, and schools. Social media posts can be shared multiple times prior to deletion and therefore are never truly deleted.

Most school districts have specific policies that should be adhere to regarding interacting with students, parents, and other professionals outside of educational venues. Communication is important, and sometimes necessary, outside of school, but teachers should interact with current students on school regulated and approved sites.

  • If you choose to interact with students on social media to share assignments or keep track of school related assignments, it may be worth setting up separate accounts that you just use for school (e.g. a separate twitter account).
  • One practice may be to wait until a student is out of your classroom and school before you become social media friends.

Resources:

Social Media Made Simple: Free tech to help you get more from your lesson plans

Rather than using personal platforms like Facebook to relay information to students, teachers can use more education-friendly platforms such as Edmodo. Sites like Edmodo are often formatted similar to Facebook and are easy for students to use. Students are communicating about their projects while also learning 21st century media skills. This article also suggests other classroom media resources such as Google, and Celly, a group messaging app.

Friend or Foe? Schools Still Struggling With Social Media

Whether it is having a professional account separate from personal, wanting to communicate quickly, or completely banning all online interaction, different views conflict about social media use between students and teachers. Some argue that social media interactions with teachers helps students develop appropriate etiquette, while others say that restricting interactions shows an expectation for misuse online.


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Friend or Foe? Schools Still Struggling With Social Media

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