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Using social media to connect with students. Good or bad?

Dec 5, 2013 8:29am

Many of the teachers at my school seem to use Twitter and Path as a source of connection with the students. I recently started it myself and I see that posting information does seem to be effective but, at the same time I'm uncomfortable as far seeing their tweets and things of that nature. I don't follow students but, since the new Twitter update I am seeing more than I would like to. So would you consider this a good idea or bad?

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  • 7-12
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    • Dec 29, 2013 2:35pm

      Social media has its pros and cons...I'd say if it makes you uncomfortable stay away. I have been using an app called Remind101 that helps me send the same info I used to only use twitter for - reminders, due dates, etc. Remind101 sends them a text message and students and parents can sign up for it. They can't text it back, but if your purpose is solely communication to your students this is a great app.

      • Jan 8, 2014 11:31pm

        I created a facebook acct to post their homework since they always come with lost of excuses not doing their homework. some of their excuses are, forgot about it, they lost the homework sheet, they forgot to bring it to the class e.t.c. So, since they spend more time on social media so smaller possibility they would come with their prior excuses. And this acct only for classes purpose. So, I deactivated all other applications that is not relevant for the purpose. However, some parents complain about it because they claim this drives the kids to spend more time on the computer.. Well.. now it depends on how we confess parents of the benefits of this idea. Good luck

        • Dec 6, 2013 10:54am

          I know people that create special accounts just to use as a teacher, then you can stick to your agenda of getting/sharing info with students without getting caught up with all the personal details. Not sure if that would help your situation here, sometimes it means making an effort not to look at updates, etc. But overall, I think it can be a very effective way to communicate with students if you don't have other options provided by the school.

          • Dec 7, 2013 1:03pm

            To me it really depends on the purpose. If it's used to establish some personal connection, I'd stay away. Besides, you can always do this f2f and by other means. But if it's used to inform based on school-related matters, I wouldn't shy away. I would also check with the school-district policy regarding its use and consult with the principal.

            • Dec 8, 2013 7:29am

              It's against the rules in my school district.

              • Jan 10, 2014 11:55am

                You all have given me some great advice! Thank you! I did start using Twitter and Edmodo and they have been a success. I am rather surprised that the students actually visit the twitter account to view updates. I've seen the bad results between teachers and twitter but, for me it works. Again, thanks and keep the feedback coming!

                • Jan 14, 2014 4:10pm


                  • Feb 15, 2014 6:47pm

                    It's good if you keep it professional and make sure students know it's only for educational purposes. Edmodo is good. Twitter is also good.

                    • Apr 19, 2014 6:05pm

                      Social media is interactive and motivating for learners .Yet i think face to face communication has its benefits .

                      • Jun 27, 2014 3:48pm

                        Social media for the classroom is a great way to keep students engaged. You can use social media for any assignment. Most schools allow mobile devices in the classroom; this tool can be helpful for both teachers and students. The instructor can ask questions and students can use different sites to research the answers. One of my graduate instructors set up his class in a Google community. One major benefit was it allowed students to stay connected to one another even when class was not in session. Whatever social media tool you use, make sure you are tactful and it is used only for the purpose of your students being engaged in education.

                        • Jul 2, 2014 2:36pm

                          I could see how that could make you uncomfortable. My suggestion is to make a community on Google+. This allows you and all of your students in your class to interact with one another through posting discussions and responses. It will even be helpful to you because it allows you to upload lesson documents for the students.

                          • Aug 4, 2014 4:40pm

                            I think that it is definitely important to create a boundary between school life and personal life and social media can blur this line. Creating a google community may be a better solution than having a classroom facebook because most high school students do not use google plus for their "fun" social media pursuits. You could also create a twitter specifically for them to get class assignments, but not follow them back or check your timeline for that specific account. A classroom blog could also be a way to share classroom achievements and assignments without having to see much of a students private life.

                            • Dec 8, 2014 7:19pm

                              I feel very similarly to how you do about seeing personal student information via social media. There is something uncomfortable about seeing or being seen by students in such a casual setting.But websites such as edmodo, classdojo, team snap, and teacher kit offer a lot of the same features you're looking for, but in a better format.

                              Both edmodo and classdojo are made for teachers and fairly easy to use. Team snap is made for managing small, local sports teams, but it is a phenomenal way to connect with students and parents over everything from homework to permission slips. It also comes with free apps for the parents and students.