Everyone can agree that communication and collaboration are two skills that are more critical now in education than ever before. But what does communication and collaboration look like in 2016? Where are students communicating and collaborating the majority of their time? According to Common Sense Media, teenagers (ages 13-18) use an average of nine hours of entertainment media per day and tweens (ages 8-12) use an average of six hours a day, not including time spent using media for school or homework.
So, what is the Montour School District doing to help students become safe, smart, and responsible digital citizens? Montour has become the first school in America to become a Common Sense Certified School District in 2015-2016. Montour believes that being a good digital citizen is a daily life skill that all students should have.
“Social media is a part of our society,” Mr. Todd Price, High School Principal said.
Since the start of the 2015-2016 school year, the Montour School District has launched a social media campaign. Montour now has a twitter account to showcase all of the amazing work of the Montour School Community. In addition to Montour’s Twitter account; teachers, students, administrators, and clubs/organizations have also embraced Twitter by posting daily happenings within the district.
But students and staff did not just stop at Twitter. Students in Mrs. April Fisher’s marketing and business classes were challenged by the district to create and manage Montour’s own Facebook page. Superintendent Michael Ghilani said when students are given responsibilities, “they usually rise to the occasion. By managing the (district’s) Facebook page, they will be gaining great marketing experience while providing a great service for the district.”
“Social media is constantly evolving,” said Mrs. April Fisher. “As the students progress in business, they need to be aware of how it can be used as a tool to advertise for a company.”
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(Special thanks to Mr. Nick Terpack, Mrs. Kimberly Roehn, and junior Deanna Gray)