Social Media in Schools: Rider HIgh Band Does it Right

It's been just ten days since the school year kicked off in Texoma, and there has already been a lot of concern about social media in schools and how it effects students and teachers.

A 'Student Protection Act' was recently proposed in the Missouri legislature that would forbid teachers from "friending" students on Facebook.  The law considers all teacher student communications online to be predatory.

To find an example of how social media can be used in a positive way in the classroom, look to the Rider High band.

Director of the Rider High band Loy Studor uses Twitter to organize the entire band, at the touch of a button.

"It's a way for us all to stay connected," says Studor.  "We have about two hundred followers,  which is a combination of kids and parents."

One of the reasons that Twitter works so well for the band is because of the way the administrators have it set up.

There are no two way conversations between teachers and students, and parents can monitor the tweets as well if they choose to.

"It's just one way. Your parents can sign up for it as well, or you can just have it yourself," says Sarah Naumann.

The subject of these tweets will range from changes in schedules, to fundraising quotas for their upcoming trip to England.

With Twitter being such a success for the group, they have now implemented another social media application to help organize the chaos. It's They call it Charms for short.

"Charms is sort of like Facebook (but) it's only for schools," says band member Callie Cunningham.

Charms eliminates the possibility of private messaging, which is a negative aspect of using Facebook in the classroom. School administrators can view every single exchange between student and teacher.

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