Do you use social media for your classroom as a communication tool? If so, this tech tip is for you! On my team, we primarily use Facebook and Twitter. They tend to serve the same purpose: communicate with parents and students. Unfortunately, most of the parents are on Facebook but not many students have an account. Many students are on Twitter, but most parents are not.
For most of this year, I’ve been trying to post updates to both places, so we reach as large of an audience as possible. I recently discovered a setting in Twitter though that makes this much easier. In Twitter, if you click on “Settings”, you will see a screen very similar to what is posted below. On the left, click on “Apps”. It will prompt you to give Facebook access to your Twitter account. Once you do this, you have a few options for how you want to share you tweets on Facebook. We have a Facebook page for our team. As you can see, I checked the box that says “post to my Facebook page” and selected the 8 Gold page.
Now, whenever I want to send a quick update, I post it on our Twitter account. It then immediately gets shared onto our Facebook page! In the images below, you will see how my tweet looks on both Twitter and Facebook.
The one drawback to this still is that not all parents and students are reached. Our Twitter timeline is embedded on our team website, but it requires parents/students who don’t follow us on social media to check the website, which I’m sure many do not. Another possibility, which I’ve been meaning to learn more about for a while now, is a service called “Remind”. It allows you to send notices to students and parents via a private text messages. I received the email below just this morning from my colleague Meredith, who is a big fan (I’ll be chatting with her soon.) It looks like a really cool service, especially if you are not currently using other methods to send out updates/notices to student and parents.