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26 Internet safety talking points. 10 Tips For Teachers To Connect With Parents Via Social Media. 10 Tips For Teachers To Connect With Parents Via Social Media by Kathy Cook, former K-12 teacher and Director of Educational Technology for University of Phoenix College of Education Social media provides an opportunity for real-time communication with students and parents, but its use can provide some challenges. Educators want to open the doors of communication to allow students and parents to engage with them, but it is often necessary to draw a line between their personal and professional lives. Although social media can be a valuable tool for learning and connecting with students and parents, if is not used thoughtfully by teachers, it can invite inappropriate behavior and misuse.

This issue was the subject of a survey recently conducted by the College of Education at University of Phoenix. As with many others, teachers are avid users of social media – four-in five use it in their personal and professional lives according to the survey. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. What Your Teen Is Really Doing All Day On Twitter And Instagram. For all the ways that adults enhance real-life relationships with social media, many have a hard time believing that online connectivity is anything but terrifying in the hands of teenagers. In her new book It's Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens (February 25, Yale University Press), Microsoft principal researcher danah boyd addresses the fears and misconceptions that adults have about teens' use of social media, revealing that online networks can be a lifeline and a safety valve for a generation under extreme pressure.

Based on 10 years of research, including conversations with teens across the country, boyd explores the motivations and even sophisticated etiquette that governs teens' online behavior, and explains how adults--including businesses looking to attract a teen audience--can ditch the fear and condescension, and embrace teens' complicated but important relationship with technology. FAST COMPANY: What got you interested in studying teens' use of social media? 12 Things Students Should Never Do on Social Media. The last thing young people want is another set of rules. But these days, social media comes with great responsibility, whether you're just starting high school or finishing up college. The fact is, irresponsible social media conduct could potentially ruin your education and negatively impact your career, not to mention hurt others in the process.

(And we're not just talking kids, either.) But most of those consequences are preventable, often with just a little foresight. We've pinpointed 12 social media mistakes that students should avoid at all costs, because after all, it's never as simple as "be responsible. " Please head to the comments below to add your own contributions and advice for young adults on social media. 1. Granted, high school and college students experiment with many activities and substances. Once or twice per year, perform a thorough review of the information and content accessible on your social media profiles. 2. Check your school's policy on bullying. 3. 4. 5. 6.

How to Create Social Media Guidelines for Your School. Students Battle School Districts Over First Amendment Rights On Social Media. Across the country, school administrators are restricting Twitter and Facebook use, even outside of school. Numerous cases highlight retaliation against students for things stated online, such as in social media and through blogging, addressing their First Amendment rights outside the realm of the education system. (Photo/Ed Yourdon via Flickr) When a New York high school student started a Twitter campaign highlighting his district’s budget woes, he found himself suspended from school for what the administration labeled as harassment.

Pat Brown, a senior at Cicero-North Syracuse High School and member of the student council, began tweeting about the 2012-13 failed district budget, accompanying his tweets with the hashtag #shitCNSshouldcut. The hashtag caught on among students, creating a social media frenzy administration officials weren’t thrilled with. The revolution will be tweeted In Brown’s case, administrators applied district rules to the student’s out-of-school behavior. 5 Guidelines for Rational School Leader Response to Social Media Issues.

Facebook Is Not a Front Porch. I created this photo prompt and used it as an optional warm-up. The results were interesting. Students care far more about numbers of friends, followers, likes and favorites than what I had thought. Here are a few of the student quotes (posted with permission): "I check Facebook first thing in the morning. If no one liked what I said, I start the day depressed. " "There's a rush to having ten likes all at once. " "I try to tell myself that it doesn't matter if I lose followers, but it hurts. " "Sometimes I take a picture on Instagram and all the hearts make me think that I might be a good photographer. I am still a fan of social media and the notion of being connected. So, my lingering thought is this: We need front porches now more than ever before.

Why Schools Shouldn't Block Facebook - Leadership 360. Overcoming Hurdles to Social Media in Education (EDUCAUSE Review. Key Takeaways According to a recent study, 100 percent of colleges and universities surveyed use social media, but instructors use it far less for teaching than they do for personal or professional reasons. Of those who use social media for instruction, most use video in the classroom and many use blogs and wikis.

Concerns about cheating and privacy top the list of barriers to adoption, though these concerns — like many of the others cited — are decreasing as time passes and social media becomes more prevalent. Social media has made its way into higher education. A 2010-2011 study of social media adoption by the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth analyzed the most recent trending of social media use among four-year accredited institutions in the U.S. and found that 100 percent of the colleges and universities studied are using it.1 Here, I'll discuss the findings from our recent survey at Pearson Learning Solutions, which highlighted faculty concerns about social media. Twitter Notes. Everyone - Think Before You Post (English)

How Should Social Media Be Taught in Schools? Before we ask how, I think we should address why social media should be taught in schools. Students may appear to be comfortable using social media, but don’t assume that they know how to use it appropriately in a classroom setting. Educators Baiyun Chen and Thomas Bryer from the University of Central Florida conducted research on instructional strategies for social media last year, and they pointed out that, “one of the common themes in previous research is that students use social media for personal reasons, but rarely for educational or learning purposes.”

With this in mind, teaching students how to appropriately use social media becomes not just a good idea; it becomes a school’s responsibility. The Gift of Social Learning Social media can provide two things that are critical for student engagement in a literate environment: audience and purpose. Audience refers to those who will see what students create and share. Purpose is the reason students are doing the work. Is Social Media Right For Your School? Saturday, January 5, 2013 11:05 am, Posted by | Social Media Topics: , , , Social media plays a critical role in just about everyone’s life.

But it can be a time-suck. Include it in your classroom or school and that could mean problems. In other words, is social media right for your school? A new infographic from Online Universities examines the pros and cons of social media in schools. First off, let’s look at what types of social media / social networks schools are using. Now, how do schools use social media? So which schools have the biggest presence (in terms of quantifiable numbers, that is) on social media? See any stats or figures that surprise you?

Great Reads From Edudemic Partners: Teens On Twitter: They're Migrating Sometimes For Privacy - The Huffington Post. CHICAGO -- Teens don't tweet, will never tweet - too public, too many older users. Not cool. That's been the prediction for a while now, born of numbers showing that fewer than one in 10 teens were using Twitter early on. But then their parents, grandparents, neighbors, parents' friends and anyone in-between started friending them on Facebook, the social networking site of choice for many – and a curious thing began to happen. Suddenly, their space wasn't just theirs anymore. So more young people have started shifting to Twitter, almost hiding in plain sight. "I love twitter, it's the only thing I have to myself ... cause my parents don't have one," Britteny Praznik, a 17-year-old who lives outside Milwaukee, gleefully tweeted recently.

While she still has a Facebook account, she joined Twitter last summer, after more people at her high school did the same. "That doubling is definitely a significant increase," says Mary Madden, a senior research specialist at Pew. Some monitor celebrities. 10 things you don't know about teens and social networking | Parenting. (Photo: Getty Images)By Sarah B. Weir Its 10 pm, do you know where your children are? Whether at home or out, odds are they are online and social networking. Even if parents do see what their kids post, they might not understand how living life online actually feels. Facebook Me, an original play written and performed by teens at the upcoming New York International Fringe Festival is a revealing exploration of what's going on behind millions of young people's computer screens.

I recently sat down with the cast (whose names have been changed below) and asked them to share about their experiences with social networking. I also spoke with a professor specializing in the psychology of technology, who offers some timely advice for parents. "There's more 'life' happening online than offline. --Hannah, 13 years old "I'm online even during class. --Emma, 14 years old "I feel safer online than I do offline.

--Sadie, 14 years old "I've become very good at taking pictures of myself. Start young. 10 Things Your Students Should Know About Their Digital Footprints. Building a digital legacy is an issue I believe doesn’t garner enough attention in our personal and professional lives. In fact, some of the heaviest users of online tools and social media, are our young students, who are growing up as a generation of visual learners and visual attention seekers. This is in fact the Facebook and YouTube generation, and the reality is that many teens are unconcerned about the dangers of sharing personal information online. A highly respected education advocate, Kevin Honeycutt, once asked me if any of us from our generation (GenX and before), had ever made a mistake in puberty. He then asked if our mistakes are “Googleable.” The reality is that our mistakes from puberty are not “Googleable”.

But our students’ mistakes are. With that in mind, I have developed some important facts and opinions that our students should be completely aware of as they live in their digital world, creating digital footprints along the way. 1.) 3.) 4.) 5.) 6.) 7.) 8.) 9.) 10.) 4 things you need to know to help your students manage their online reputation. Crowdsourced School Social Media Policy Now Available. I’ve been seeing a lot of people on social media looking for a social media policy and / or an acceptable use policy. So I offered to help spearhead an initiative where some of our amazing readers could help craft these policies from scratch. It started out very basic but, 400 edits later, has materialized into a thoughtful and well-organized document that’s a great template for any school.

It may not be perfect for you, but use this as a jumping-off point to get your own policy started. Want to edit the living document? Click here to view it in Google Docs. Social Media Responsible Use Guidelines 2012-2013 We encourage teachers, students, staff, and other school community members to use social networking/media (Twitter, Facebook, etc.) as a way to connect with others, share educational resources, create and curate educational content, and enhance the classroom experience. Please do the following: Use good judgment We expect you to use good judgment in all situations. Be respectful Images. We know what you're doing... A social networking privacy experiment by Callum Haywood. Teen Social Media Infographic from Common Sense Media.

Netlingo. Embracingdigitalyouth. Looking to create a social media or BYOD policy? Look no further. Which Social Network should you use? Infographic on which to use when. Social Networks are a great resource for businesses, keeping in touch with friends, and education. Social Networks help educators and students learn, stay in contact, connect, share and more. But which Social Network is best for what? Twitter, Facebook, Google Plus, the many systems made for education (Twiducate, Edmodo, etc). Which do you use? Many schools and teachers like to use systems like Edmodo and Twiducate because they can keep things private and see who is accessing the information. Many schools use Google+ and set up Circles to keep things private and organized. Here are some articles on different social networks and what they are useful for, as well as some course management systems that include social networking features. Related: The Effective Educator:Using Social Media to Reach Your Community.

December 2010/January 2011 | Volume 68 | Number 4 The Effective Educator Pages 87-88 William M. Ferriter To the dismay of television producers who count on viewers spending free time on the couch passively consuming content, citizens of most developed nations are spending more free time connecting with one another through social media. Consider that 61 percent of adults who regularly go online—and 73 percent of online teens—interact with one another on social networking websites (Lenhart, Purcell, Smith, & Zickuhr, 2010; Madden, 2010). Mirroring these trends, educators are now increasingly taking advantage of social media services and tools. What's frustrating—particularly to many younger teachers—is that the same social media spaces widely embraced outside schools are routinely blocked within schools by district firewalls. For schools who've embraced social media spaces as tools for reaching out, however, the rewards are real.

Proceed with Caution References Alexa. (2010). Compete. (2010). How to Create Social Media Guidelines for Your School. Produced in collaboration with Facebook. Social media is fast becoming as ubiquitous as the air we breathe. In recent months, many schools and districts around the country have taken steps to create social media policies and guidelines for their students and staff. In my work with several districts to draft these documents, I have seen many approaches that work well, and some that don't. That said, there is no silver bullet for administrators; every school, district, and state has a different set of circumstances. 2. This team should include educators who use social media in the classroom and those who do not.

This team should be open and transparent in all their conversations and decision making, and be clear about their shared goal. Questions for ReflectionDoes everyone on the team share the same goal? How to Talk About Life Online. Connecting School and Home: 360-Degree Communication. Siphoning the Fumes of Teen Culture: How to Co-opt Students’ Favorite Social Media Tools. Social-Networking Sites Draw Teens In. Social Media Guidelines. Parents – making them part of the solution. Kinder & Braver World Project: Working Papers. Kids deserve the truth about cyberbullying. Digital Citizenship: From Nice to Ethical. Curriculum: Understanding YouTube & Digital Citizenship – Google in Education. It’s because we’re a bunch of degenerates « A Kick in the Head.

Video – Social Media Reading List for School Leaders. How to tune in to your wired teen. A Parent's Guide to Twitter and Education. Welcome to WiredSafety. Turning Students into Good Digital Citizens. Facebook. Facebook as an Instructional Technology Tool. The Why and How of Using Facebook For Educators – No Need to be Friends At All! | The Edublogger. Facebook Friending 101 for Schools. I Found 8 Students on Facebook... Infographic: 5 Ways You Can Lose a Job on Facebook. Westminster cop loses job in high school sexting case. An Open Letter to Teens re: Social Media.

That's Not Cool. 12 Things Students Should Never Do on Social Media. DIGITAL YOUTH RESEARCH | Kids' Informal Learning with Digital Media.