Over the past few weeks I’ve been working to create a social media presence for TMS. Yesterday I went live with both a Facebook page and Twitter account. I’ve used both in the past, and found each to be an excellent way to increase communications between school and home.
While nothing beats face-to-face interaction, in this face-paced world actual conversations are often few and far between. By reaching out to families on social media, it allows the school to communicate in a way that some parents access daily (or in some cases hourly), and for us to be able to share information that may or may not make the weekly email or website.
If you use social media, please consider following us on Twitter and/or “Liking” our Facebook page. Either one can be accessed by clicking on the small icon in the top right hand corner of this page.
Last night I was happy to co-host an information night for parents about elementary school technology. Working with Principal Conway of Lincoln, Principal Strasnick of Horace Mann, Gr. 4 teacher Mrs. Acevedo (Lincoln), and Mark Kelsey our elementary technology integration specialist, we put together a presentation on what is happening in classrooms across the district with technology, and how it can be linked to home.
The primary focus of the evening was the wealth of resources available to families that tie into the curriculum students are learning during the day. Please see the presentation for more information, however for program information by grade, availability, and whether a user id and password are necessary, you can also refer to this matrix created by Principal Conway.
Internet safety (and digital literacy awareness) are concerning areas for our young students, and a family Internet contract is a great place to start! Mr. Kelsey presented on these topics and provided a handout for audience members to bring home and discuss. This stimulated a good deal of discussion about “locking things down” vs. teaching safety and awareness, and I think everyone agreed we need to be doing both!
Superintendent Casey, along with the city’s Information Technology Director, Jorge Pazos, were also available to answer questions and provide insight on the future of technology in Melrose and the need for sustainability.
Technology can never replace a good teacher, and we are proud of the efforts our teachers are making to integrate technology into the existing curriculum. We know it will simply get better when students connect what happens in their day to what happens at home!
“If we teach today as we taught yesterday, we rob our children of tomorrow.” ~ John Dewey