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How might we use Facebook/social media to connect to our school community?

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Started by Enabling e-Learning 14 Jun 2011 8:26am () Replies (19)

Tara T-J recently shared this tweet that caught my eye:


She writes in her recent blog post that:

"I have been subtlety campaigning for a Facebook page at my school.  
The main reasons being: 
  • to engage our community 
  • to reduce our paper use 
  • to celebrate children, sports teams, teachers, and general school successes
  • to gain an insight into how many of our families have regular access (whether it be through home, work, education, library etc) to computers and/or mobile device
I don't know of many schools doing this (I am sure there are some though).  I know of Willowbank School in Auckland, Albany Senior High School, Coastal Taranaki School, and ACTS community school in Tonga (Go Miss Bramston!)

I have several unapproved friend requests on my own Facebook account (parents, ex students, current students) but have not been able to honour them.  We need to protect ourselves as educators and be very wary of how far we cast the net when it comes to our private lives.

However, facebook is a powerful tool.  It is a tool that is being used by our families.  The newsletters crumpled at the bottom of our kids bags are not always getting through.  So if our families are logging onto Facebook on a regular basis, why shouldn't we be there?" [Read more...]

"How? and Help!" Are you on the same journey as Tara?



  • Enabling e-Learning (View all users posts) 21 Jun 2011 9:55am ()

    It's certainly an interesting matter for our times, how you need to 'grab' your own online real estate before someone else doesUndecided

    I think, as a key motivator, there are some great opportunities offered by social networking sites, as long as they are managed as part of a acceptable use policy and within an environment that focuses on digital citizenship. The Netsafe work is key here.

    It is good practice to keep personal and professional accounts separate - and have a clear learning focus for how you want to use the sites (or any tech tool, for that matter).

    How have people already used Facebook (or similar) for learning? Got an example to share?

  • Enabling e-Learning (View all users posts) 27 Jun 2011 2:19pm ()

    Many thanks for the links to schools, Tamara, and to further ICT PD resources, Tessa. I particularly like the thorough way in which Willowbank have evaluated and deliberately monitored the impact of their social media-facilitated communications.

  • Enabling e-Learning (View all users posts) 04 Jul 2011 10:31am ()

    Great to hear how you are using social media to extend the way you keep in contact with your community, Mary.

    You might be interested in a discusion thread, in a dfferent community (the MLE Reference group) on using Group Text Messaging.

    Keep in touch with how you get onSmile

  • Enabling e-Learning (View all users posts) 04 Jul 2011 10:33am ()

    Tara, Rachel, Mary and Gina - You're all stars!Cool

    Thank you for taking the time to share your resources and experiences thus far. What is emerging here are some great tips and advice from the community. I'll aim to synthesise them shortly.

  • Enabling e-Learning (View all users posts) 04 Jul 2011 10:35am ()

    Hi Rachel,

    How do you manage the way the Facebook Page is linked to an account? Is it attached to a personal account /email or a school one? What would happen if you, or another school admin left? Just wondering how we future-proof all this great work?Undecided



  • Enabling e-Learning (View all users posts) 12 Jul 2011 9:43am ()

    That's a great summary of how we might go about managing FB school pages sustainably, Mary. Thanks for sharing the presentation, too. I'm sure others will benefit from this adviceSmile

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