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How School Districts use Social Media to Strengthen Community | GetFreshPR.com

For some time now I have been intrigued by Van Meter Schools in Iowa and their effective use of Social Media to strengthen their school and community. Here is a great article full of tips on how your school can use social media and some case studies on how it has worked for others!

How School Districts use Social Media to Strengthen Community | GetFreshPR.com.

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June 7, 2011 Posted by | education, social media, Social Media Mom | , , , , | Leave a comment

My Son’s Love Affair with Trucks – Having a Low Tech Morning…Sort Of

I woke up early and began doing some work on the computer. True to every morning for the last several weeks, the Public Works trucks showed up about 7am to do their daily work on the curb replacement project. But this morning it was different, because they had a dump truck and a tractor (I think my dear fiance would say that the tractor is a loader and I hope I am making him proud here) literally right outside of my bedroom window today. I have yet to figure out with all of the pot holes and the constant reminder of budget cuts as the reason for them why we need to have the curbs replaced. I complained a lot at first about the noise every morning and the inconvenience getting around the neighborhood, but I have to say now I will miss the trucks when they go. My 2-year-old, Julian, is absolutely enthralled with them. He wakes up when the trucks get here (another thing I cursed at first) and spends a good half hour just watching them with the kind of excitement most of us experience so rarely in our day-to-day life. Oh for life to be so simple and so full of complete joy every day like the life of a two-year-old.

This morning he was especially nuts over the loader scooping the dirt and dumping it into the dump truck (two trucks!!) and we had a wonderful time talking about them. Then I did a Google image search on all sorts of trucks and my child, only two years old,  and I had school on my bed mixing our real-world, low tech observations with the power of the internet. I facilitated the discussion and he was so excited. This is what we have to capture and keep in our schools, I thought as we surfed the internet.

What will it be like when he gets to high school? Will Julian be like my now 20-year-old? Ethan was in talented and gifted and went to the Downtown School in elementary (where they taught very much like this morning’s school session) but got so bored in high school that he dropped out of traditional school, went to Future Pathways alternative school, and eventually opted for a GED before going off to college. It almost killed me to watch the light go out for him and witness his complete withdrawal. I am determined that this not be my 2-year-old’s experience. I hope he continues to be as excited as he is today about learning for the rest of his life! I will be watching the schools and really shop around this time. I pray the schools will have what he and all kids deserve by then or we might just keep schooling in bed!

May 12, 2011 Posted by | education, Social Media Mom | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment