I hope my followers can help me with a decision I have been thinking about since school let out the beginning of June. I have been thinking about creating a class Facebook page for parents and students to share what is happening in the classroom (I refuse to post pictures of my students' faces but just the activity or project.), daily homework assignments, events and project deadlines. I love Facebook to keep connected because kids love it (I know they are not suppose to have an account but most do.) and so do their parents. I do have a personal Facebook account but I REFUSE to accept any friend requests from parents, students (prior or current) or co-workers. I really love to share what the kids are doing in class and a Facebook page could be a quick way to do it..... no long posts. Ha!
Or just start using my old class blog page to keep parents up to date with class activities and events. I have used this page in the past to post pictures of activities or class projects (no facial shots), the students have responded to posts and I have included links that my students could use. The problem with the blog is that I felt most parents did not even take the time to look at it and unless I had the students post their responses to a post during class time they did not use the blog either. All that work but no one really took time to look at it.
Currently, my school does have all the teacher keep up with an Edline account where we post homework daily, links and post events and deadlines. I cannot really post any pictures, parents / kids cannot respond to anything but with an email and to be truthfully it is not parent friendly. For parents to see my pages (I have 4 separate pages because each subject has a separate page that the parent has to switch to.). To be honest each student is to have a username and password so they can access my pages but most forget them. Talk about frustrating when we go to the computer lab to work on something that I want them to use a link I added to Edline. Talk about a waste of time!
Most of my parents do not even link their email account so they do not get alerts to uploaded grades and homework or even the group emails that I send out with reminders.
Sooooo here is my decision, stick with the Edline account only, try to get parents and students involved with the blog page or try a class Facebook page? What are your thoughts? What do you use to keep communication between home and school open?
Have an awesome evening.