Tweets from schools

Aileen Dodd wrote that more Georgia school systems are using Twitter to tell parents and others about what’s happening in schools.

Teachers and principals are sending tweets about homework, student achievement and school events and meetings. People sign up to get the messages from school districts, with each message limited to 140 characters.

Are you following tweets from your schools?

Twitter would be a quick and easy way to tell people about important events. But I don’t know whether it can replace the direct contact parents and teachers need to have with one another.

What kind of news would you like to see schools share through Twitter?

5 comments Add your comment

Ernest

April 30th, 2009
9:52 am

Using Twitter is just another component of the overall ‘multi-touch’ program with parents and the community. It should not be seen as a ‘replacement’ for face to face communication. It is a supplement for overall communication to parents and the community. It is a cost effective means of ‘getting the word out’.

Here is a real issue that some school systems have that can be resolved with Twitter. I’ve spoken to community members that do not have any children in a school yet would like to remain connected to the neighborhood school. Typically messages are sent home via children or through calling posts. Community members could be a ‘follower’ of general messages for that school.

Reality

April 30th, 2009
9:55 am

Twitter, email, US Post Office, web sites, sky writing, whatever – it really doesn’t matter….. as far as parents/community is concerned, the ones that are interested will know and the ones that don’t care won’t.

People know if a school exists in their area. And, if people give a darn, they will become involved: going to football games, or theater productions, or concerts, or whatever. If people don’t care then all of the communication in the world will not make a difference.

The only issue with all of this for me is that there are so many avenues of communication, soon every individual school will need a PR department just to maintain them! This is an un-needed extra cost.

AP Teacher

April 30th, 2009
10:59 am

Not in Gwinnett! All of the “social-networking” sites are blocked.

Tweet the AJC

April 30th, 2009
7:53 pm

I think the AJC should consider using Twitter as their new medium, considering that, on an average day, they have about 140 characters worth of useful content.

Did they really think adding a splash of color, and changing the font, along with a patronizing Julia Wallace video was going to suddenly make the AJC relevant again?

Meme

May 1st, 2009
10:40 am

Blocked here too!