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Social media is not only a good way to engage your students—it can be a wonderful tool to ensure that parents are on board with what’s happening in your classroom as well. A global network filled with new apps and online tools offers more parents more opportunities to build relationships with teachers and deepen their involvement in student success.
Check out how social media is capturing the 3 C’s of classroom success:
Communication: More parents are using social media to create private classroom communities for sharing classroom information and updates. Facebook pages, Twitter accounts, and class and school blogs (like those on EduBlogs) give parents a chance to stay up-to-date on classroom happenings, assignments, activities and announcements.
Long gone are crumpled old flyers that get lost in backpacks, or waiting for parents to reply to long email chains. Online communication tools help parents connect with one another and with the teacher to stay informed and involved.
Collaboration: Pinterest is one ‘hot’ social media tool trending with teachers and parents (especially moms). A treasure trove of creative ideas for lesson plans, class parties, reading lists, fundraisers, healthy snacks and educational games come to life in visually-inspiring pin boards. Class parents and teachers can follow one another on Pinterest and even work together as ‘collaborators’ to build pin boards focused on grade and class project themes.
Coordination: Social media outlets help amplify the call for parent volunteers & classroom helpers by allowing room parents, teachers and class coordinators to post signup links online on multiple channels. Free online signup sheets that can be shared via Facebook and Twitter, in addition to email and the class blog, make it more convenient (and easier!) for class parents to sign up to help. Mobile access and automated reminders (by VolunteerSpot) streamline online signups with the social apps parents are already using on a daily basis.
Dip your toe in the social media pool today and start experimenting in your classroom! Connect with your room parent or class coordinator about which social media tools your class parents are already using and interested in. You are sure to be wowed by the positive reaction of parents and the growth in their participation and support this school year.
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