Students who know their work is going to be shared, and even spotlighted, tend to put more tender loving care into a project. Wixie includes social sharing options that allow you to post student work to your Facebook page, but why not “employ” your students as essential communicators on your school’s Facebook page?!
Getting set up to share using social media
Before you begin posting to Facebook, whether they are projects created for the classroom or for your Facebook page, make sure everyone is aware of your school's or district's acceptable use policy. Just make sure that you get parental permission for publishing to social media, never list the student’s last name, and consider asking the student before posting their project out of courtesy. This instills proper social networking etiquette for the future.
You may also have to turn social sharing options on in your Wixie administrator settings. This will require a Wixie administrator password, so check with the appropriate people. If you have questions about your acceptable use policy, this person will likely have the answer.
Share projects from the classroom
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If your acceptable use policy allows, share a great project idea and sample on the Wixie by Tech4Learning Facebook page! First, like this page, so you can post to it, then add the URL for a Wixie project and add a description. to inspire other Wixie-using students and teachers.
Share projects designed for your Facebook page
If we want students to be come powerful and conscientious 21st century communicators, we need to give them authentic opportunities to practice. Asking them to be part of the team that shares what is happening at your school provides lets them know you value their effort and believe in their abilities. This also helps transfer responsibility to the learners at the school for sharing their story.
Here are some ideas student can create in Wixie to share on your school Facebook page:
- Create an illustrated version of your school's Alma Mater.
Find the text of your school's Alma Mater and assign verses or stanzas to individual students to illustration. Then, combine the pages together, and add your band or orchestra performance of the music to the background of the slide show!
- Create multimedia invitations to school events.
Have students create digital invitations for special events like PTO nights, plays, or art showcases. Hearing from the students increases the likelihood of parents visiting the page and actually paying attention to it. Just like student authors to see their work published, parents want to see their student spotlighted in such positive ways.
- Announce and highlight special visitors.
Do you have a special guest arriving to inspire the students? Have students put together an infomercial about the guest and then another group put together a thank you for the visit presentation.
- Welcome new students.
Create a welcome for new teachers and students of your school. Make them feel welcome and empowered with information that will help them integrate at a new site.
- School event showcase.
Instead of uploading a batch of photos from an event, have a student document the experience with photos and sound bytes from participants. This can be anything from a field trip, to a cultural celebration, to a science olympiad! A great way to raise community awareness of the great things happening at your school.
- Thank you notes.
Did a parent or local business contribute to the success of a project at your school? Have students create a virtual thank you note and post to your page and the business’s page.
- Public Service Announcements
Wixie makes it easy to inform people through images, titling, and voice narration. Consider sharing ideas about bus and bike safety, technology devices, and/or health issues.