I need some advice about how to manage my social media accounts as I continue down the path to becoming a high school teacher.
Right now, the only social media account I’ve used in my teaching is my Twitter account. Nothing formal, but I have used it to connect with the schools I’ve worked with, and students have followed me.
I have started a new blog on Edublogs to write about my teaching experiences (I will share this in the near future, I promise!).
I have a second 6-week practicum coming up in March/April, and I want to use social media more in the classroom, but I’m wondering just how I should manage it.
Facebook is completely off the table for teaching purposes right now. I only use it for personal reasons now, and don’t think it’s a good idea to change that.
I want to have my two separate blogs, since it’s a natural split to have my more personal posts here, and teaching-related posts on the other one. I will probably link from this blog to the Edublog, but probably not the other way around (mostly because, even though I don’t think I’ve posted anything all that controversial, somethings in my archives I’d rather not share with students/parents/other teachers).
I might also make a separate website that is specifically for students & parents with assignments, resources, calendars, etc.
One thing I’m not sure about is Twitter. I have one account right now that’s now called “MsAGilbert” (which I changed so I could use it as a teacher). That happens to be the name of my Edublog. I have been using it for both personal and professional use. So, I’m trying to decide between the following options:
1. Keep having just one Twitter account linking to it from both (all) blogs/websites.
2. Keep the one Twitter account and only linking to it from one blog and not have Twitter at all for the other.
3. Creating a Twitter account to be associated with each blog.
I lean toward #3 because I do post controversial/opinionated (to some) things on Twitter that might not good in the teaching world, and I would like to have a teaching account that I can use both in and out of the classroom. BUT, my problem is my current Twitter account is very connect to my personal blog (this one) and most of my followers associate the two. That causes a problem because I’d rather use MsAGilbert for my teaching account – which means having to come up with a new name for another Twitter feed, which could be really confusing.
What do you think, readers? Do you have more than one Twitter account? How do you manage your social media? Any Twitter handle suggestions?