In Maryland, Frederick County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Theresa Alban says that she’s considering incorporating social media into the classroom.
“We do a lot of work with our students in terms of digital citizenship , and trying to help them understand how to use social media in a positive way, and an effective way,” said Superintendent of Frederick County Public Schools, Dr. Theresa Alban.
Some of those positive ways involves teaching students how to be responsible while on social media.
“It’s becoming such a part of everyday life, and again we can see when social media is misused and so trying to help our students understand that notion of digital citizenship, and understanding that what you post on social media doesn’t really go away….so being mindful of the things you say, and how you say them,” said Dr. Alban.
According to FCPS officials, some things have already been implemented.
“I’ve seen teachers have students summarize a text, and limit them to 140 characters much like they would with twitter…so some of the ways that they would use social media- practicing that in the classroom,” added Dr. Alban.
Alban says she also focusing on how she as a Superintendent can effectively use social media as well. She says that she’s considering starting a blog.
“It’s going to be apart of their life.. it’s apart of our life now , and so what we can do as leaders to learn and understand how to use it effectively then we can help model for our students how to use it effectively,” continued Dr. Alban.
Dr. Alban says her blog isn’t complete at this moment, but she is in the process of putting one together that will feature information about Frederick County Public Schools.