Embracing Social Media: A Practical Guide to Manage Risk and Leverage Opportunity

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The suggestion of embracing social media in schools triggers a variety of reactions, from excitement to outright refusal. But teaching students and engaging families who live their lives in an increasingly digital world means the embrace of social media is no longer optional—it is imperative. Education leaders have the tremendous opportunity to leverage the rich opportunities of social media for teaching, learning, and communicating. And this work can be done safely and constructively through a risk management process built on policy, procedures, and professional development.

Embracing Social Media: A Practical Guide to Manage Risk and Leverage Opportunity is a practical guide for anyone wishing to facilitate the embrace of social media in a school system. Included are steps for creating policy, procedures, and guidelines, as well as specific strategies to help open the minds of reluctant colleagues and leaders. Also included are best practices for social media, with numerous examples for teaching and learning, professional development, communications with parents, and successfully managing difficult situations online. Key features of this book include:

  • Encouragement and support for education leaders working to bring social media into their school systems.
  • A compelling case for why social media matters to schools
  • Understanding the risks and fears of social media in schools
  • Steps to develop policy, procedures, and guidelines that manage social media’s risks and leverage its opportunities in a school system
  • Examples of how social media can be used in the classroom for teaching and learning
  • Best practices for using social media as a communications tool
  • Specific strategies for managing challenging situations on social media

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Kristin Magette is a public relations professional and director of communications for Eudora Schools in Eudora, Kansas. She serves as an officer with the Kansas School Public Relations Association and can usually be found with her husband and two young children cheering on the Cardinals in Eudora.

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Magette appears to have plenty of experience of implementing a social media policy in an American school district. There is a lot of specific advice born from experience, much of which makes good sense. Chapter Two, in particular, contains some sensitive arguments against prejudices and concerns that may be encountered when trying to pull recalcitrant communities on board, and Chapter Seven provides a useful smorgasbord of suggestions about good practice in a few social media sites. In general, it is packed with recommendations, suggestions and patterns to follow that school administrators might find useful in implementing a social media policy. (Journal of Educational Technology & Society)

As educators, we cannot afford not to take advantage of this powerful resource for our students and for ourselves. This is a good addition to your bookshelf. (British Journal of Educational Technology)

With Kristin guiding the way, the Eudora School District is a pioneer in the use of social media as both a communication and learning tool. Instead of giving into fears about social media, Eudora teachers and leaders embraced it through basic risk management. This book is a useful guide for boards of education, administrators, and teachers to embrace the digital world, instead of asking students to leave it at the classroom door. (Dr. John Heim, Executive Director, Kansas Association of School Boards)

Students and parents expect schools to engage with them where they are -- on social media. The Eudora Schools story shows that embracing social media in schools doesn't have to be complicated or scary. And this book shows exactly how to overcome risk to deliver enormous rewards for students, teachers, and families. (Ben Smith, Principal of Social: IRL, Director of Social and Emerging Media at Callahan Creek, National Social Media Club Advisory Board member)

The closer school communication is to the classroom, the more authentic it is and will become. The district spokesperson and leadership can no longer be the only people controlling the message. School communications professionals need to empower district staff members to help tell the public education story, and social media is a very relevant tool to do so. (Julie Zwahr, South Central Vice President, National School Public Relations Association)

Kristin Magette provides school districts and teachers a compelling case to explore social media integration, gain better communication strategies with their local communities, and target digital citizenship learning. This practical guide not only discusses the features and benefits of social media for schools, it explores the dynamic classroom opportunities waiting through global collaboration. Any district investigating social media tools such as Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram should have this information and would be wise to read this book. (Dyane Smokorowski, 2013 Kansas Teacher of the Year)

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