If you read anything regarding highly successful blogs and/or social media pages, you will hear quality content is king! There has to be something worth following for any person to return or in some cases click unfollow or unlike buttons. For your school's social media page, it is likely that information, celebration and C&I posts will keep most coming back as far as content goes. There is little more satisfying to parents and families than getting to see the great things that are happening in their child's school. It is also important to grow the opportunities for learning and engagement within your community. So when it comes to growing your learning and engagement postings, it is important to have some go to resources.
This past few weeks I've been reviewing and updating our campus Paper.li to make that as valuable resource to our families as possible, I was reminded of some gems I had tapped previously to help curate content and led me to some other great resources as well.
District News Page - It is important that we are supporting the work of the larger organizition we are apart of. Our district just completed education foundation grant awarding and it was fun to share those celebration with our fellow campuses and award winners!
Campus, State, National PTA Sites - ther are few greater advocate for the work schools do than the PTA so helping our campus group advertise events and celebrate the work they are doing is vital. State and national organization accounts post many great resources for parents on how to support schools, their teachers, their students! These are great to add to your feed!
Common Sense Media - these are the gurus of digital citizenship and they post great information for parents to support their kiddos in navigating the digital world! You can also find them on the Facebook!
Graphite - the best description comes from their Twitter page: "Graphite, a free service from Common Sense Media, helps teachers find, understand, and share the best digital learning products available." While they do teachers are their focus, so many of their resources on apps and programs are very helpful to our families!
MyTownTutors - this groups entire mission is connecting parents with resources to help support their kiddos at school. While their name does imply that their focus is tutoring, follow their feed and you'll see that they are more than just connecting parents with tutors! Great folks there!
Teacher Help for Parents - this is a blog by a teacher turned stay at home mom that desires to keep parents informed and connected in the best way possible to support their students! She has always posts some of the most helpful resources that we have passed along to our families!
#PTChat - this is the premier twitter hashtag for parent/teacher resources. A quick search/link to this hashtag will provide a generous helping of resources for the campus and parent of any level student. It is the brainchild Joe Mazza, their weekly Wednesday evening chat is frequented by Twitter greats such as Ted Huff, and Gwen Pescatore and is populated by parents, teachers and administrators
talking best practices and solutions for our schools! Powerful conversations are happening here!
Pragmatic Mom - notice is link is to pintrest!! Ha! I have not seen too many things that aren't wonderful from her. Based on the content she shares, Pintrest is an ideal platform for her. You can also find her on the Twitter. She is a great literacy advocate, so of course I am a fan!
I believe the greatest benefit in having great learning and engagement content is that it allows us to move towards empowerment and partnership with our families (see graphic). If we want to be able to move our schools in the direction we know is best, we have to invest in educating and informing the folks that spend the most time with our kids!