Social Media In K12 Education

social media graphicIn a recent Education Week (November 2, 2015) blog post, Sean Cavanagh finds that while K-12 teachers use social media at home, many are not taking advantage of its benefits. In this article Kathy Cook is quoted as saying, "For teachers to stay current, keep students engaged, and promote learning, it is important for teachers to acknowledge the influence of social media and understand how to use it to the benefits of their students".

Freshman Katie Benmar shares a compelling Education Week post called "My Favorite Teachers Use Social Media: A Student Perspective." She states, "If teachers want to better understand how social media can affect a student's desire to learn, they must first look inside the mind of a student." She shares that she and her peers feel a constant need to stay connected to everyone around them. Teens typically use Facebook, Instagram and to a lesser extent Twitter, to connect. "Learning how to use social media and technology to engage students is potentially very beneficial for our learning,” she says. When teachers use social media to post reminders about assignments, they are more likely to see it because it will show up on their screen.


    Modesto City Schools social media websites are places to find information regarding upcoming District events and activities, student and staff success stories, and basic District information.

    Users are expected to communicate in a respectful, courteous, and professional manner. Sites are regularly monitored and any inappropriate post will be promptly removed. Inappropriate posts include those that:

    • Are obscene, libelous, or so incite students as to create clear and present danger of the commission of unlawful acts on school premises, violation of school rules, or substantial disruption of the school's orderly operation
    • Are not related to the stated purpose of the site, including, but not limited to, comments of a commercial nature, political activity, and comments that constitute discrimination or harassment

    Users are personally responsible for the content of their posts. Modesto City Schools is not responsible for the content of external online platforms. Any views expressed on the site are those of the user and do not necessarily reflect the views of the District. Any user's reference to a specific commercial product or service does not imply endorsement or recommendation of that product or service by the District.

    Please contact Becky Fortuna at [email protected] if you find that these guidelines are not being followed.


    Employee Use of Technology Link to AR 4040

    Modesto City Schools recognizes the importance of the Internet in shaping public thinking about the district. Modesto City Schools also recognizes the importance of employees joining in and helping shape conversation and direction through web interactions. These interactions can take place in many ways through the rapidly evolving Social Media on the Internet. Employees can share their research and opinions through social networking, blogging and video broadcasting sites such as Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and YouTube. Modesto City Schools is committed to supporting employee rights to interact knowledgeably and socially on the Internet.

    These guidelines will help employees make appropriate decisions about work related postings & comments, and in responding to comments from others either publicly or via email. Modesto City School’s Board policies and administrative regulations remain in effect in the workplace.

    Additionally, these guidelines will help encourage a respectful, knowledgeable interaction with people on the Internet. They also protect the privacy, confidentiality, and interests of employees, partners, and customers of Modesto City Schools.


    Modesto City Schools Disclaimer to use on Social Media:
    Modesto City Schools prohibits discrimination, harassment, intimidation, and bullying in educational programs, activities, or employment on the basis of actual or perceived ancestry, age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, nationality, race or ethnicity, religion, sex, sexual orientation, parental, pregnancy, family or marital status, or association with a person or a group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics.