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Jun 10, 2014

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Is it Appropriate to Use Social Media During the School Day?

These days, there are many ways to share about and advocate for your art program. While some of these are more old school, like writing a blurb for the school newsletter, many use social media. Most likely, no one would balk at the idea of emailing a parent during the day, but what about posting to Facebook? Are there any established norms when it comes to posting to social media during the school day? Would you let your students upload a post to a classroom site during school? (Actually, that might be a great solution.) Assuming you DO have permission from your district, I made the flow chart below to help you decide whether it’s an appropriate time to do so or not! Enjoy!

 

Social Media Flow Chart 1
 
 

What do you think? Is it ever appropriate to use social media during the school day? 

What is your district’s policy on the issue? Do you agree with it?

 
 
 

AleciaThis article was written by AOE Team member Alecia Eggers. Alecia is a certified K-12 Art Instructor, and currently teaches K-6 elementary art in central Iowa. She is passionate about teaching and reaching her students with an innovative and meaningful arts education.

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  • Art Teachers Hate Glitter

    I have to disagree with you on the blog post. Sort of. I compose blog posts (in Word) during the day because that’s when my content is fresh in my mind. I don’t, however, do it while I have a class, but when my classes are all done. I know, I should probably be spending that time cleaning up or prepping or (ugh) grading, but sometimes I just need a break from that grind. I do think it’s inappropriate to compose a post while you have a class though (although I have been known to take notes during class, like for posts like these http://athglitter.com/2014/05/15/overheard-in-the-art-room-small-scraps/).

    Our district has a policy on this, but I’ll be damned it I remember what it is (actually, I probably never read it). Not only do I not have time to post to social media during classes, I just don’t think it’s appropriate. Heck, I feel guilty replying to a text on my lunch break, but that’s just me.

    This is an interesting topic, and I’m sure there will be great debate on it. Social media is a fast growing means to communicate with parents and the community. I’m just not there yet.

    • Art Teachers Hate Glitter

      To clarify, I don’t disagree with THIS blog post, but your flow chart’s handling of “blog posts”. Did that make sense? Also, my shameless plug link didn’t work above, so let me post that again.
      http://athglitter.com/2014/05/15/overheard-in-the-art-room-small-scraps/

      • Alecia Eggers

        Thanks for your thoughts ATHG! The flow-chart is meant to apply for when students are actually in the room. Great suggestion on just taking notes while your students are in the room!

  • ElizT

    I think the only appropriate time would be during a lunch break, if the communication is not school-related. Otherwise, it’s not any different then turning the tube on to watch a favorite soap opera…and all at the school’s expense.

    • Alecia Eggers

      Nice example! Save personal life for personal time :)

      • http://www.theartofed.com/ Jessica Balsley

        I agree! Everyone should have a duty – free 30 minute lunch according to the law, at least in my state…Therefore, if you can run an errand and leave campus during your lunch, you should be able to use any personal social media during lunch break, too!

        • Sheila Kopaskam

          Duty-free lunch is a rarity here. Middle school arts teachers may be the only teachers who experience that here. Plus librarians, etc. Once in a while the PTA makes lunch and adds duty-free time also.

  • John Post

    I tweet photos of my students art works right from my art room. I shoot a picture of the kid working or a picture of a the student holding their finished art work. Then I write a little blurb about it and upload it. Less than 5 minutes of time total. Then I show it to the kid on the homepage of our school’s website. My art tweets are embedded there. The kids love being “famous” and their parents love showing relatives and friends. You can see our homepage here – tweets are on the left side of the page – http://www.burrelementary.org

  • http://www.thepoetryofseeing.wordpress.com/ jeffreywp

    My school blocks social media so it’s a no-go for me. I do write blog posts during my lunch when I can steal the time away from prepping or grading. In principle, I do not see the issue of posting to social media per se for classroom purposes (especially if the kids see the relevance of what you are doing). That said, my administration would probably take issue so I do not out of respect (plus, they are paranoid about what message you are sending that could negatively affect the school!). If I were to shoot pics of my students working, I would wait until my time is my own to do anything with those pics. Better safe than sorry. We had a PD on what has happened to some teachers just because they had pics of themselves having a drink at a party on their Facebook pages. Crazy stuff!

  • http://www.theartofed.com/ Sarah

    This rocks my face off!