+ Post New Thread
Page 1 of 3 123 LastLast
Results 1 to 15 of 45
General Chat Thread, Twitter - yes? no? in General; One of our new keen governors thinks that we, a Junior school, should be on Twitter - can anyone tell ...
  1. #1

    witch's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2005
    Location
    Dorset
    Posts
    10,401
    Thank Post
    1,106
    Thanked 2,093 Times in 1,473 Posts
    Rep Power
    651

    Twitter - yes? no?

    One of our new keen governors thinks that we, a Junior school, should be on Twitter - can anyone tell me if they use it and if so why and how?
    Any positives and negatives gratefully received. I can't see why we would want to be on it - we have a website with a daily blog as it is.
    All ideas gratefully received

  2. #2
    tommej's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2009
    Location
    Lincolnshire
    Posts
    637
    Thank Post
    35
    Thanked 121 Times in 91 Posts
    Rep Power
    75
    We have claimed the pages but they remain blank for now, this may change soon though.

    Maybe just update the feed with links to your blog posts, could be automated just to keep them upstairs happy!

  3. #3

    nephilim's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2008
    Location
    Dunstable
    Posts
    11,100
    Thank Post
    1,428
    Thanked 1,693 Times in 1,266 Posts
    Blog Entries
    2
    Rep Power
    364
    I can see it being beneficial in the sense that small updates such as "Newsletter sent home with the children" or "SATS Results in the post" etc would be a good thing. Just need to be careful that you don't accept russian brides etc! (I have been spammed to death by them!)

  4. #4

    FN-GM's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2007
    Location
    UK
    Posts
    15,389
    Thank Post
    797
    Thanked 1,587 Times in 1,390 Posts
    Blog Entries
    10
    Rep Power
    427
    Yes. Twitter is well used. Parents can see announcements via the feed. Allot of the will probably not remember to look at the school website but if they can see them in twitter there is a greater chance they will be seen.

  5. #5

    localzuk's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Location
    Minehead
    Posts
    17,095
    Thank Post
    511
    Thanked 2,308 Times in 1,784 Posts
    Blog Entries
    24
    Rep Power
    803
    Quote Originally Posted by witch View Post
    One of our new keen governors thinks that we, a Junior school, should be on Twitter - can anyone tell me if they use it and if so why and how?
    Any positives and negatives gratefully received. I can't see why we would want to be on it - we have a website with a daily blog as it is.
    All ideas gratefully received
    It depends on your idea of publicity really. We have a twitter account here, but my old school doesn't. Personally, I think a twitter feed is just another way to get info out, so why not? Why not just post headings and links to the articles on your website every time something is posted, making it kinda an RSS feed.

    It means that anyone who wants to follow on twitter can do.

  6. #6

    witch's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2005
    Location
    Dorset
    Posts
    10,401
    Thank Post
    1,106
    Thanked 2,093 Times in 1,473 Posts
    Rep Power
    651
    What about replies though - allowed or not?

  7. #7

    synaesthesia's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Location
    Northamptonshire
    Posts
    5,483
    Thank Post
    527
    Thanked 875 Times in 682 Posts
    Blog Entries
    15
    Rep Power
    438
    I've seen twitter put to great use for all sorts of reasons. Look up #northantsblt #hetup etc for some great examples of it's inter-school and other use - I am often fascinated by the discussions held.

  8. Thanks to synaesthesia from:

    GrumbleDook (31st January 2012)

  9. #8
    IrritableTech's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    Location
    Yorkshire
    Posts
    707
    Thank Post
    71
    Thanked 145 Times in 116 Posts
    Rep Power
    58
    We are on it as a school. In fact we have now created accounts for all our departments.

    Our main school account tweets about general school news, school closures, music performances etc. Our ICT Coordinator sees it as an easy way to inform large amounts of people very quickly. Getting pupils and parents involved with school life on a platform they already use.

    I was very sceptical to be honest. I hadn't had much dealings with twitter. However after being on there for a few months, I now love it. It's been fantastic for my own needs. I've connected with some really interesting people and found some fantastic resources. There are some brilliant networks on there.

    We have created a policy here at school for staff use. It says things like remain professional at all times. Do not follow students or staff (and therefore they can not direct message either). Don't simply retweet; quote and comment. Anything you post on the internet is permanent.

    Number ten has an interesting policy on replies. Its says something like... "we can't possibly reply to questions of a political nature within 140 characters".

  10. #9

    X-13's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Location
    /dev/null
    Posts
    8,004
    Thank Post
    508
    Thanked 1,591 Times in 1,122 Posts
    Blog Entries
    19
    Rep Power
    700
    Quote Originally Posted by witch View Post
    What about replies though - allowed or not?
    Personally, I'd say no replies.

    It's too easy to start relaxing with how you word things or how you deal with parents.

    Before long you could end up being "too friendly" and if you're not careful you can end up saying something you shouldn't.


    The school is a business [of sorts] and should remain professional.

  11. #10

    matt40k's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    Location
    Ipswich
    Posts
    4,135
    Thank Post
    352
    Thanked 577 Times in 474 Posts
    Rep Power
    142
    School Closures is good, a number of schools closed when it was snowing because parents had posted on facebook\twitter that the school was closed when in fact it was open.

  12. #11
    mthomas08's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    Posts
    1,488
    Thank Post
    117
    Thanked 143 Times in 126 Posts
    Rep Power
    52
    We have some one who updates twitter, this is currently linked from our website and will be linked from our new frog.

    I have tried adding the HTML code for a little twitter widget but struggling to get it to work. Also no one can comment on it but they can follow of course

  13. #12
    BassTech's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2008
    Location
    West Midlands
    Posts
    436
    Thank Post
    41
    Thanked 29 Times in 22 Posts
    Rep Power
    22
    We are looking at a Twitter account, also wondered about an official facebook group for the School - does anyone else do this?

  14. #13
    mthomas08's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    Posts
    1,488
    Thank Post
    117
    Thanked 143 Times in 126 Posts
    Rep Power
    52
    Quote Originally Posted by Lee91 View Post
    We are looking at a Twitter account, also wondered about an official facebook group for the School - does anyone else do this?
    We currently have a School page which doesnt get updated/not many joined this.
    PE Department page this is updated by a member of staff, this has a good amount of liked people.

  15. #14
    RichCowell's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2005
    Location
    PR7, Lancashire
    Posts
    276
    Thank Post
    23
    Thanked 35 Times in 31 Posts
    Rep Power
    22
    Quote Originally Posted by Lee91 View Post
    We are looking at a Twitter account, also wondered about an official facebook group for the School - does anyone else do this?
    We have a School Facebook Page... it's quite popular and works well, we get pupils and parents asking questions through it...

  16. #15
    SteveBentley's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2007
    Location
    Yorkshire
    Posts
    1,415
    Thank Post
    116
    Thanked 261 Times in 187 Posts
    Rep Power
    71
    Quote Originally Posted by witch View Post
    What about replies though - allowed or not?
    It's a conversation, not a broadcast. If you're not going to engage, you have no business being on Twitter, IMO.

    However, iff you are doing an automated feed from a blog or RSS, make sure your profile clearly states that it's unattended and you're not monitoring @replies, and give a link to a web page stating your preferred method of contact.

    Other advice - whoever is going to look after the official account should get a personal account and run that for a few weeks first just to get a feel for how Twitter works, and make their mistakes and faux pas there rather than on behalf of the school.

  17. Thanks to SteveBentley from:

    vikpaw (12th February 2012)

SHARE:
+ Post New Thread
Page 1 of 3 123 LastLast

Similar Threads

  1. [SIMS] Yes or No - Can Solus3 deploy sims to a new workstation?
    By cmaxinuk in forum MIS Systems
    Replies: 11
    Last Post: 22nd December 2011, 02:24 PM
  2. Redirecting AppData (Yes or No?)
    By Hightower in forum General Chat
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 28th March 2011, 05:03 PM
  3. Virtualization. Yes? No?
    By Number6 in forum Thin Client and Virtual Machines
    Replies: 24
    Last Post: 21st June 2010, 09:47 AM
  4. Vista - yes or no?
    By cartho in forum Windows Vista
    Replies: 17
    Last Post: 17th August 2009, 11:27 AM

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •