TKES Standards 9 & 10
Google yourself. Google your school. What story does the Google results tell? Teachers, classrooms, and schools can and should contribute to the story told by their online presence by increasing the positive stories shared via social media.
In the previous social media challenge, the stage was set for creating a Facebook Page where classrooms could publically share news with anyone online. Facebook members who Like the page will see updates in their newsfeed while the general public will see a few posts and will the be prompted to join Facebook and Like the page they are viewing. Sometimes, an added layer of audience control and participation is desired. Privacy concerns certainly play a role in the decisions of sharing school information with a public audience. If you desire more control over the audience with whom your information is shared, perhaps your situation would be best served with Facebook Groups?
A Facebook Group offers a smaller circle of membership to whom posts are shared. The group administrator holds many options for group and posting management. The major differences between Facebook Groups and Pages center around notifications, member numbers, and how broadly information is shared. Decide which is right for you by reading this post by Facebook.
No matter which you decide...Pages or Groups.... you need to be sure to:
Your Story - Social Media Challenge 2 : (2 hours)
Part 1 - Groups, Pages, Profiles. You decide!
Create a page or group for your classroom. If you've already built a profile page for your classroom or organization, please follow the steps to convert the profile to a Page or Group to align with Facebook's terms of service agreement. (Facebook Profile pages are reserved for actual people to communicate with friends and family. Public organizations should be represented as a Page.) Directions are included in the bullets below.
Part 2- Get Creative
Upload an appealing cover image for your page/group. Use Canva.com to create beautiful cover art in minutes.
Write a description for your group or page.
Write your first post! Revisit your SMART Goal and stay on track.
Part 3 Send Invitations
Invite members or the public to join your group/like your page.
Post regularly, keeping your SMART Goal "top of mind."
Part 4 Share with the Cohort
In the comment section below, please invite the rest of us to join your group or like your page so that we can all connect and learn from each other's efforts.
TKES Standards: 9 & 10
Why do teachers and schools need to post classroom news on a Facebook page?
What do the Social Media experts say?
7 Keys to Creating the Perfect School Facebook Page.
Top 10 Best Performing Facebook Posts for Schools
What does my school district say?
Visit the SCCPSS Facebook Page
Download the SCCPSS Social Media Guidelines from my resources page.
Classroom Facebook Page Challenge (2.0 hours)
Part one: Search for and follow existing schools and pages.
1. Search for your school or your child's school on Facebook. Does an official page exist?
2. Search for your child's teacher. Perhaps a classroom Facebook page is in place?
3. LIKE or Follow a school page as well as my department page at https://facebook.com/sccpssitc
Part two: Set the stage for a classroom Facebook page.
1. Now that you've followed other class or school pages, what's your goal?
Spoiler alert! Next Challenge: Create a classroom Facebook page or group to tell your classroom story.