Social Media Team (Roles)
Description of social media tasks for New Teacher Induction
Overarching Role of Social Media in Supporting New Teachers
Social media plays a prominent place in connecting people and overcoming barriers of time and geographical distance. It can build community and foster dialogue and support spaces. For mentoring and outreach purposes the social media affiliated with the UTA New Teacher Induction Project: Building Digital Community has several key ways to connect to our grads, current students, and others in the broader global community who choose to access our resources. Consider playing a support role by helping to facilitate a social media space as part of the social media team. This short piece from The Chronicle has more information on the crucial role social media plays related to academic departments: http://chronicle.com/article/Why-Your-Department-Needs/232759
1) Facebook Page (Collective Postings)
The Facebook page for UT Arlington-New Teacher Induction is a place specifically for new teachers (0-3 years of experience). People facilitating this page should post at least 4-5 times a week for consistency. Posting daily or several times a day is even better. Topics can relate to concrete teaching tips and resources for new teachers. Also, short blog posts (e.g., from Edutopia or other current topical based sites). Facebook can be easily accessed via a smartphone and tablet app. This forum also serves to remind students about upcoming webinars and also to post archived webinars (from the induction YouTube and Slideshare channels).
2) Pinterest Page for UTA New Teachers
People facilitating this page should post at least 4-5 times a week for consistency. Posting daily or several times a day is even better. Topics can relate to concrete teaching tips and resources for new teachers. Lesson ideas are great. It helps to post and create new boards related to the upcoming webinar themes.
3) Twitter Page [https://twitter.com/utanewteachers]
The Twitter page (@UTANewTeachers) is a place to post updates and reminders. It is not as followed as the others so using strategic hashtags and tagging the official UT Arlington page is a good way to get posts retweeted by the official UT Arlington Twitter account (@utarlington). Good hashtags to use include: #teachers #teaching #utarlington #utadna
4) YouTube Channel (Where webinar recordings are archived and doesn't need a lot of maintenance)
The YouTube channel serves as an archive for the UTA New Teacher Project. This needs the least amount of support and curation. However, those facilitating the other social media can use the links from previous recorded webinars to rotate through on a regular basis to remind people that these resources are available.
5) Slideshare Channel [Where the PowerPoints from webinars are archived]
The slideshare channel serves as an archive for the UTA New Teacher Project. This needs the least amount of support and curation. However, those facilitating the other social media can use the links from previous recorded webinars to rotate through on a regular basis to remind people that these resources are available.
6) UTA New Teachers Blog [place to post info about upcoming webinars or general information]
The blog needs to be updated and kept current. UTA is currently upgrading their blogging system so the blog system is in a bit of "limbo" at the moment and can't be accessed off-campus which is a disadvantage. The person maintaining this can use it have former students write guest blog posts and to generally keep people updated about the Teacher Induction Program.
7) Coming Soon-Instagram
This person would help to upload pictures that relate to new teachers. Teachers can contribute their own pictures (no PK-12 students in the picture for privacy reasons!). Strategic use of hashtags that intersect with hashtags UTA uses on Instagram is encouraged. Hashtagging skills are essential for Instagram!
Dates of 2015-2016 Webinars
Sept 12 (Topic: Data-Driven Assessment)
Continue in summer (3-4 webinars)
Continue in summer (3-4 webinars)
A short survey of topics will be sent out to current students and then to alumni to determine needs for topics of future webinars.
How to Use These Tools for your Current Classes
All of these tools can be promoted and distributed to current students! Feel free to use the slideshare links and/or the previously recorded YouTube channel links as enrichment material or as resources for your current courses!