Remember when we were in school? In "way back when" land, our teachers painstakingly taught us the basics of personal and business letter writing, right down to the comma placement in a "Thank You" note! If memory serves me, there was a salutation, body, and closing to every written letter. Depending on the audience, there was a difference in the levels of formality and friendliness we were expected to achieve in our sentence structure.
Now it's our turn! How do we cultivate digital citizens in our current student population? We live in a world where many influential communicators lack the most rudimentary pleasantries of modern communication. And they post all the time! It's important that students have opportunity to communicate in modern ways at school. It's our job to provide guidance and structure so that students practice these skills and reach out to a global audiece successfully. Building postive digital citizens through positive online communication is an ongoing process. It's not a one time "Digitial Citizenship" lesson or one month "Be Kind Online" focus.
Your Social Media in EDU Challenge:
1. Invite students to author the posts for your existing classroom social media account. (See my previous blog posts in quarter one and two focused on getting started with public Facebook pages, or classroom Twitter accounts.)
2. Set a social media posting schedule for your classroom. How often will your students write the post for your classroom social media account? Scheduling your social media posts on a classroom calendar helps ensure they will happen.
3. Decide the process students will follow to submit their posts to you? Will this become an exit ticket? An email to the teacher? A response to a Google Form?
4. Get Posting!
5. Share your experiences in the comments below.
Classroom Posting Ideas:
Select any of the posts styles from my blog post 13 Ideas for Classroom Social Media Posts to get started. Try a different one each day, or stick to a theme to develop predictable posting patterns. Be sure to post to your school, district, and classroom hashtag to help reach a wide audience.