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APS Now on Social Media Websites

by ARLnow.com — January 14, 2013 at 11:45 am 571 21 Comments

Arlington Public Schools Facebook page

Arlington Public Schools has joined several popular social media websites in an effort to better communicate with the community at large.

The school system is now on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. From an APS press release:

In an effort to increase communications and strengthen ties with Arlington Public Schools families and the community, APS has developed a social media presence. The Facebook, Twitter and YouTube accounts will go live on Mon, Jan. 14.

These new communication channels will provide the APS community with more ways to receive information about current events, capital improvements, the budget, boundaries and other initiatives, as well as all the news and events going on throughout APS.

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  • APS teacher

    APS builds new social media accounts

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    APS continues to block access on its wifi networks to the websites that host these accounts.

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    Great tech policy!!!!

    • drax

      “community at large.”

    • APS teacher2

      Go see ITC

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      Ask for bypass login

      = Access to these sites

      That block is in place for the safety of students.

      • APS teacher2

        Plus, the block on those sites is mandated by state law

      • anne

        at APS teacher2 – catch a clue – it is NOT mandated by state law. It’s in place because you are too lazy to manage your students’ behavior – there is incredibly relevant teaching material on youtube today, useful tools and communication with twitter, but then you’d have to be an innovative teacher to begin to understand that. or maybe working during the day

        • APSTEacher3

          Seems like APS teacher2 did have a clue since they new how to bypass the block. A bit hostile towards teachers don’t you think?

          • anne

            CIPPA is a federal law, not a state law, youtube is not covered under any VA law, PWCS does not block youtube anymore, what are you guys doing on Arlnow during the day? teaching now are you?

          • Josh S

            First of all, it’s “get” a clue, not “catch” one.
            Second, thankfully, teachers do not work straight through the day and actually do have breaks. It’s a very stressful job and having a few minutes here and there to veg out on ARLnow or whatever is important.
            Third, “too lazy to manage your students’ behavior?” Unless you only have K-5 in mind, this statement is truly out of touch. Teenagers *will* find a way to get online.
            Fourth, that said, I tend to agree that locking down sites is not the answer.

        • APS teacher2

          It is mandated. Look it up. It is not hard to get the bypass from your ITC. I am pretty sure they are willing to give it to you. Now if you are using it to stalk people on facebook or watch music videos on youtube instead of the relevant teaching material, thats a different story.

        • drax

          Teachers are not too lazy to manage student behavior on the web – they simply can’t. They don’t have time to look at every computer screen all the time, and they can’t possibly look at phones, etc. Don’t be such a snark.

      • MissKittenCat

        Getting weekly bypass login from that one guy who has everything from extra hall passes to dvd’s
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        APS student computers not blocking proxy sites
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        having a smartphone with mobile data

        = access to these sites

  • C

    I really don’t understand why the website isn’t sufficient. We should be directing $ and time towards improving classroom instruction. I see no reason for social media accounts. It bothers me that someone is paid to spend the day working on these sites

    • Lee-n-Glebe

      I find Glebe’s Facebook page to be incredibly useful. With all of the re-zoning, etc. issues coming up, I hope that APS’s will be as useful.

    • BBMS

      I agree. Facebook is a terrible platform to provide anything more than ad-hoc announcements and updates. What about Google+, are they on that too?

      It’s probably better for putting up photo galleries, but even multimedia should be able to be integrated into the website.

      • Road Diet

        This big downside of Google+ is that hardly anyone uses it.

    • drax

      Some people just have different ways of seeing news on the internet.

      The extra work involved consists of someone throwing the exact same language on Facebook as on a website update, and then throwing a few words and a link on Twitter. Takes maybe 2 minutes.

  • Another APS Teacher

    The irony of APS recognizing the value of these tools but making them hard for teachers to use is stunning. Yes, the federal government, as part of NCLB, requires school systems to have an internet filter in order to receive federal funding, but there is nothing stating *which* sites you have to filter. Other school systems, many, in fact, allow Facebook and Youtube, noting clear policy as to how these sites are appropriately used in an educational setting. Arlington has a new policy to this effect, but still makes it “difficult” for teachers to use the sites, with long, complicated passwords which change on a monthly basis. Are we really teaching the kids how to use the internet appropriately if we just block everything that ~~might~~ be a potential problem? No wonder Arlington schools, which were on the forefront of technology in the 1990s, is now universally laughed at as the “hopelessly behind the times” county.

  • JustLurking

    When I worked at Yorktown, all you had to do was ask the kids for the password. They always knew.

  • Neighbor

    My ultimate concern is that most all of the teachers who have commented so far have made basic spelling and grammar mistakes.

    • The goodest teechir

      Me agree!

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