Facebook to Communicate {a Bright Idea}

Welcome to another Bright Ideas blog hop:) I am so glad you stopped by. 

Maybe my idea isn't something new, or that "bright" but I have found using Facebook in the classroom has had a HUGE impact on my parent communication! I mean, almost everyone has a Facebook account...right? 





I created a page under my own personal Facebook account. What I really like about this is that I can switch from my personal to my class easily! No logging out and logging in to a different account. When I post on the page, it posts as Mrs. Roller and not Tonya-my personal one. 

What do I use it for?
-quick reminders for events

-requests for certain items. I really love when I say, "We're out of paper towels!" and I have some at the end of the day:)

-pictures of our work

-videos of activities

-shout outs

-homework

-parents can communicate with each other

Parents have commented how they can love they can be "right there" in the classroom as I can post right away at school! They think it's awesome to see daily updates about what's going on! 

Do you use Facebook in the classroom? I'd love to hear how you use it! If you don't use it in the classroom, give it a shot! I think you will be impressed!

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3 comments:

  1. How do you create a school Facebook page through your personal one? Are you sure nothing from your personal one will show up? And, have you had parents sent you a "friend request" on your personal page?

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    1. Great Question!
      I just went to the down arrow in the top right corner of my FB page and hit create page. When you do this, you can post as the other page. Every time I go to post something it asks me if I want to be Tonya or Mrs. Roller. Or I can just switch over to my classes page and not get asked that. When I post, it is not as me...but as Mrs. Roller. Parents have not friend requested me!

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  2. Great post! Easy way to set up a class blog type situation that takes advantage of existing social media platforms. I've also seen a teacher set up a "secret" group on facebook for a class - this was pretty great, from a parent's perspective, when my child's teacher did that & posted photos of fun & learning in the class.

    From a teacher's perspective, the issue with secret groups instead of a page is that parents DO have to friend request you to join. (Although you could unfriend them right after adding them, explaining that it's nothing personal, just school policy or whatever.) Another point from a teacher perspective... although my school board changed our social media & technology policy last year, so essentially I get blanket permission to post positive & appropriate photos of students, what is still missing from our policy is permission to use ONE account for both personal & professional purposes. I'm not entirely sure if this would be a sufficient work around. I'm sure it works out great for you though!

    I don't actually use facebook with my class, but do use Edmodo which has a similar interface & allows me to interact with students for educational purposes online, as well as to send messages to parents who are signed up to receive updates from me.

    Tammy @ Teaching FSL

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