As I am learning, there are many ways social media can help teachers collaborate and communicate as a professional. Going on Twitter for the first time (in a long time) I am seeing the use of it. I'm still learning how to navigate around it but I was able to find the hashtags for some Twitter Chats and listen to some of them. I am not sure if I did it correctly, the one that I participated in was a video of people discussing Twitter and it's uses. Unfortunately, it was an old video and not live. I found that out after I watch the whole video. Some other ways I currently use social media is Facebook. There are so many different Facebook groups to join that are related to teaching. Some of my favorites are "Encouraging Teachers" and "Primary Techie" (which is more of a shop but I learn some neat things from her). Those are just a couple that I frequent, but if you search there are so many teacher groups to join. I also use Pinterest, which I learned is social media. Pinterest helps organize activities and lesson plans all in one place. It is also my go to place when I'm looking for ideas in my classroom. Some issues to consider are making sure what you post is appropriate. Sometimes people do not think before they post things online. We are educators but sometimes our views and opinions can get the best of us. Posting online is public and can be viewed by anyone. That is something to consider when using social media.
Since I am a second grade teacher, it is highly unlikely that I would see an inappropriate post by one of my students. But if I saw a previous student posting inappropriately I would probably have a conversation with that student about how everything they post is public and this could effect their future goals. If I was not his/her current teacher I would also let their teacher know I had this conversation with them. If they were my student I might also contact the parent to let them know what I saw online. I feel it is not my responsibility to discipline the student for actions that were not done at school but to help them see that what they post can be seen by anyone and how to act more responsible. I think if the post was worse than just curse words, as the article mentions, I might have to involve more people such as the principal or police. The word "inappropriate" can mean so many things. My first thought as a lower grade teacher is a curse word. But after talking to a colleague I realized the post could be worse. I feel parents should be monitoring their children's social media accounts, but I feel if I see my students acting inappropriately I would have to acknowledge it and make it a teachable moment, just like the article mentions.