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Tons of great educators are on Twitter these days, so why not your school district? Twitter provides an easy platform to keep your followers updated — moment by moment, if necessary! — about developing situations, sudden brainstorms and calls to action. Following are 12 reasons to get your school district tweeting this summer so that you can hit the ground running at the start of the next school year.
Reason #1: It’s a perfect fit to your current mission statement and overall vision.
In our district, we have a fairly comprehensive mission statement that reads something like . . .
“Working collaboratively, our school district will provide an effective, innovative, student-focused community of teaching and learning where students will:
• Become independent, adaptable, life-long learners who transfer understanding to new applications
• exhibit creative and critical thinking
• achieve at the proficient or greater level in all academic areas
• adapt to a changing technological world
• transition from competent student to productive, responsible citizen of the global society
The words in bold suggest the benefits of using social media tools like Twitter in education. The scope of this tool seems endless at times.
Reason #2: It’s free.
Twitter is a free Web 2.0 social media service that allows users to send and receive messages, updates, resources and professional development in 140-character “tweets.” With budget crises occurring in every district, harnessing the impactful teaching and learning tools that do not require a purchase order is a no-brainer.
Reason #3: Family And Community Engagement 2.0 (eFACE)
According to Twitter, 460,000 new signups occur daily, 80% from people between the ages of 18-40. What’s the significance? These are the ages of most parents with school-aged children. Help your parents learn Twitter with this Parents’ Guide to Twitter & Education. To strengthen the relationships necessary for best practice home-school partnerships, schools are adding electronic Family And Community Engagement (eFACE) efforts like blogs, Twitter, Facebook and YouTube. Two-way communication opportunities build those relationships.
Reason #4: The best organizations communicate and collaborate transparently to all stakeholders.
Using Twitter, schools and school districts can rapidly disseminate information. They can take down the walls in a traditional school structure built for traditional rows and desks. The teaching and learning opportunities for transparent collaboration among students, staff, families and the community are a lofty goal many of us have had for years. Now we have the tool to make it happen.
For reasons 5-12, visit the full blog post over at Edutopia.com.