Category: Social Media for Schools
Recurring guest Andrea Gribble joins the podcast to explain how she gets schools to understand and harness the power of social media.
Gribble, the founder of #SocialSchool4edu.com, knows it’s difficult for teachers and administrators to stay on top of the ever-changing world of social media.
She started her business three years ago to serve the social media needs of small businesses, but, thanks to her own childhood school district, realized the immense opportunity to assist educators.
Her Woodbury, Minnesota company now serves 30 schools in four states.
In this episode, hosts Carole Dorn-Bell and Joel Gagne, speak with Andrea Gribble, founder of #SocialSchool4edu.com. As an expert in the use of social media in schools, Gribble shares her thoughts on the variety of social media platforms, the challenges that school districts face, and parent engagement.
Gribble calls social media a “complete game changer” for schools wanting to better engage with the community.
Most adults are on social media, she notes.
“And if are schools aren’t there, what kind of information are they learning about our schools?”
This week, Carole Dorn-Bell and Joel Gagne discuss the best practices for schools wanting to communicate effectively with parents and the community.
They discuss the role of newsletters, text messages, Twitter and even Snapchat.
Dorn-Bell says her first impressions, as a parent, begin with beautification and security around a school building.
Gagne adds, there’s a way to be secure but to soften it to be more welcoming.
“Trust is built through communication.” — Dr. Todd Hoadley
Communication is key and, in our changing world, so is learning to adapt. This week, Carole Dorn-Bell speaks with Dr. Todd Hoadley, Superintendent of Dublin City Schools (OH), and Jennifer Economus, Allerton-Hill Consulting. Topics include how to develop communication skills, the limits of social media, the value of face-to-face communication, using Instagram, developing a social media identity, and the importance of local newspaper.
“Our community has high expectations. People expect communications to be accurate. They expect it to be timely. And by timely I mean NOW.” — Dr. Todd Hoadley
Dane Dellenbach, from Blackboard, talks with Joel about “sociability” – a way for schools to use all of their social media platforms all under one roof. Dane talks about technology, the value of keeping all of your district on the same page, and the difference between “good” and “bad” technology within the educational field.
“Celebrate everything. Small, big, it doesn’t matter. Your community wants to know.”
Twitter is simply too easy and too useful of a platform to not use in your school. Regardless of your current engagement with Twitter, in this week’s podcast, Carole & Joel talk about how to wade into the waters of Twitter.
“It has to be relatable…
We’re all in this together…
You have to make it interesting.”