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State and Local Education Agencies Like Social Media

Posted on 07/26/2013


Throw out the word "mimeograph" to high school students today and you are likely to receive a classroom full of puzzled looks. How educators and schools transmit information in and out of the classroom has rapidly evolved in a relatively short amount of time. Mimeographed assignments and fliers have now given way to interactive and engaging electronic and social communication.

A recent questionnaire by the Reform Support Network External link opens in new window or tab shows that state and local education agencies are increasingly using social media as a tool to engage with and inform parents, students, teachers and the entire community.

According to the survey, local education agencies are adopting well-known tools like Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, with 96 percent of respondents stating that parents were their key targeted audience.

For more information on the survey, including how state and local education agencies measure results and deal with implementation challenges, read the Reform Support Network's report External link opens in new window or tab entitled "Measurable Success, Growing Adoption, Vast Potential: Social Media Use Among State and Local Education Agencies."

To see how the U.S. Department of Education uses social media, check out our listing of official social media sites External link opens in new window or tab.

Source: The Homeroom External link opens in new window or tab, the official blog of the U.S. Department of Education. Post written by, Cameron Brenchley, Director of Digital Strategy, U.S. Department of Education