The top three social networks teens use and how you can connect with your students:
Twitter is a great resource for teachers because you can connect with teachers and students at the same time and not just teachers from your own district but from all around the world. Students can follow you but you don’t have to follow them back which saves you from exposing yourself to information about their lives outside of school which you might rather not know about.
– Find interesting articles and share them with your students.
– Get a hashtag started to promote school spirit.
– Connect with other educators to share ideas and inspiration.
– Tweet out extra credit assignments or reminders for students to check your teacher website.
– Openly communicate with students when you have a sub without the exchange of any personal information.
The popular photo sharing app is another great way to keep conversations going outside of the school day. Again, students can follow you without you having to follow them. Parents can also follow you and see what has been going on in your classroom. Just remember to have parent and administrative permission before you post any photos of students. I even cut student names off of any assignments I post.
– Post classroom charts for later reflection.
– Promote upcoming school events.
– Take photos of spirit events.
– Post examples of upcoming assignments.
This one gets a little more complicated. I currently have a student trying to convince me she used Snapchat to turn in late work before the deadline despite the fact that I don’t friend students. So, students will try to play on that misconception that they know more about technology than you do. I’m in for an interesting conversation tomorrow but there are still ways you can use Snapchat by making your story public.
– Send out photos of trips or events you are chaperoning.
– Send out play by play updates from sporting events.
– Use Snapchat to send out photos of your daily agenda on the whiteboard.
– Visit a local college and take your students on a virtual tour.