Twitter as a Tool for Building Community

As education professionals, building community with parents and others is so important.

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Canadian Education Association: http://www.cea-ace.ca/education-canada/article/parent-engagement

We need to go where people are if we want to share with them.  As well, we (as a school or district) need to consider how we are creating and building our positive digital footprint in the online environment

How do we use social media sites such as Twitter to help us share with community?

We have collected stories to help you consider how you might use these tools in your context.

  1. Canadian Education Association – Parent Engagement

This article outlines what some school districts are doing in Canada, and it provides a list of resources for further exploration.

2. #TLDSBLearnsScreen Shot 2015-11-02 at 6.47.20 AM

Follow this hashtag and observe how an entire school board is working together to create a very positive digital footprint on Twitter.

3. Aviva Dunsiger – HWDSB (@avivaloca)

Screen Shot 2015-11-02 at 6.44.42 AMAviva is a model in engaging parents through the use of Twitter.  Check out how she Tweets student learning throughout the day, then “Storifies” it for parents and adds her comments.

4. Digital LeadershipEric Sheninger

Follow Eric for endless tips and conversations about the importance of Digital Leadership in schools today.

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Activities for Learning

  1. What further examples of engaging parents and community through social media can you share?  Please add your ideas using the comments section of this blog.

Further Resources:

Eric Sheninger’s Blog

International Centre for Leadership in Education: Pillars of Digital Leadership

People for Education: Resources for Twitter

Five Ways for Schools to Engage with Parents on Social Media

Five Ways School Leaders Can Make the Most of Twitter

The Guardian: Talking to Parents in 140 Characters

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