Should schools accept the friend request from social media?

Should schools accept the friend request from social media?

March 24, 2016
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The nature of developing technologies is making it increasingly difficult to separate online and offline content and social media is a big part of this. Many students within our Trust are actually not used to a world without the internet, it is what they have grown up with. Global use of the internet picked up in the 90s and, as we all know, has increased in popularity incredibly since then. Because of its relatively recent rise, we understand why there is hesitation by teachers in using the internet and particularly social media as part of their everyday routine. It’s not necessarily because they do not want to, it’s just that they are not used to incorporating social engagement within their school day. But we know just how well it can work.

 

All four schools within our Trust regularly post via social media channels such as Twitter, Facebook and Google + and we find it a great way to share content online, engage with our parents and inform the local community about what’s happening within each of our schools. As we pointed out in our last blog, the benefits of having a social media presence, for schools in particular, are very clear. But social media is not just important for each individual school it’s vital when you’re part of a Multi-Academy Trust, as this way content and information is constantly being shared not only by each school’s pages but through the Trust’s social media pages as well.

 

As a Multi-Academy Trust, (MAT), it is important for us to continuously share skills, knowledge and resources between all four of our schools. Encouraging students to take part in extra-curricular activities, such as school productions and sporting activities, is very important and we do this as much as we can. Our teachers, particularly sports coaches and specialist subject teachers, will constantly sharing their wealth of experience and knowledge by travelling between schools. Students within our secondary school network will visit the primary students to offer both mentoring and coaching on topical subjects. We encourage the exchange of skills regularly and it’s a great positive, building a strong network of schools.

 

We are extremely proud of these mutual benefits our students share as part of our MAT and our social media accounts are an ideal way of letting our followers know about the great things we do. Through all our social media pages, we ensure everyone can see and understand the benefits our students experience each and every day.

 

Social media has huge benefits for our schools and we’re extremely pleased with the impact it has had so far. Please do get in touch with all our schools through Facebook, Twitter and Google + where you can check out the latest updates, what they’re all learning this term, and for this weekend in particular, the fun Easter activities they’re all enjoying.

 

Do join in on the fun and believe us when we say that social media and schools can be friends – accept that friend request!