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Old 07-21-2011, 09:21 AM
 
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Does anyone here use facebook to communicate with students/parents? I was thinking of setting up an account specifically for school, but I cannot figure out if I want to start a page or group.


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I would think twice before setting up these accounts. Some school districts forbid teachers friending students. Won't go into details, but a few teachers have lost their jobs because of FB.
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I tried setting up a page just for students one time, but rarely checked it - I found the spelling errors, status updates of "I'm bored" and the games tedious. Then I felt bad because one girl had messaged me and I hadn't checked in two weeks. It kind of scared me because if it had been an emergency (For example: help me my step dad is_______ or I am so depressed______) I would have been liable.

I absolutely wont have students on my FB page because they really do spam your page and I dont want them in my business. That said, I teach sixth grade, if former students are upperclassmen at high school, or out of high school I DO friend them. I also friend any of my daughter's 15 year old friends that ask (some of them former students), just to keep on top of things.

As far as parents go, I often friend them... only the ones I like

Finally, you should google "teacher fired for facebook" there are a lot of cases out there. Lots of districts have social media policies - you should check.

This is one thread about FB... couldnt find the other one, but this has been discussed before.

http://www.proteacher.net/discussion...d.php?t=337414
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I do, with my administrator's approval. Last year I had a page for my individual class, this year, we have a page for our pod. Parents LOVE LOVE LOVE it.

You can search Mrs. Baker's Social Studies class to see the page I used last year.
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Old 07-21-2011, 12:42 PM
 
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You might look into edmodo. It is very similiar to facebook, but designed for education purposes. It is much more secure. I'm planning on using it for the first time this year.


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I use Edmodo with my class, you can control it very easily!
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Oh Mrs. B, nice site...your facebook linked to your class site. Great ideas. Thank you for shairng.

Our school uses Facebook but not classrooms. Many of the older students "like" the school page and keep up to date on school info.

I think it's a great tool.

Personally, I don't "friend" any kids till they graduate.
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Old 07-22-2011, 06:06 AM
 
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I would recommend Emodo or something like this as well. Does your school provide a web site? There are also lots of free blog sites (Blogger, WordPress, etc.). That is where I communicate with parents and students.

I'm in TX and they have a state portal called Project Share that is supposed to be moving toward a sort of one-stop resource. I am going to try to use if for my PreAP this year since it has capabilities of blogging, blackboard, wikis, etc. If you're in TX, look up Project Share. Every educator in TX is supposed to have an account.

I have a policy that I don't friend students until they are 18 (if they still remember me). If I want online interaction, I try to find an education source apart from my personal FB. BTW, you can get around people's blocks with FB and end up in other areas...for example, a disgruntled parent could easily connect with others even when you set privacy filters. I have found they don't work as well as they should, so I don't think it is the most secure medium for professional interaction.

It was in the news not too long ago where a student took issue with something a teacher said on FB--she was "venting"--well it got her in a lot of hot water. What she said wasn't meant for students, but they apparently obtained access and it got very ugly for her. If I can keep my personal separate from professional online, I do. You may not think someone would be ugly now, but you never know who has claws until they come out.
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Old 07-22-2011, 03:48 PM
 
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another facebook alternative is schoology dot com

it looks exactly like facebook, students can join the classes you set up and parents get their own code...
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