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A school-wide Twitter competition during which teachers "share their greatness," modeling positive use of social media.

Teacher Takeover

Marker Palatine Township, United States
All teachers, coaches and activity sponsors throughout the high school were invited to take part in #TeacherTakeover on Twitter. As a week-long event with prizes, staff was asked to share some of the great things going on with their classes, clubs or teams. Those with the most 'retweets' and 'likes' at end of week win prizes.

Promoting Positive School Culture through Social Media

“"A virtual cheerleading event!! We could feel the buzz throughout the school! Students were excited to share their learning!"”

Theresa Christensen, National Board Certified English Teacher; M.A. Administration; Technology Coach; Digital Democracy Team Leader

While guiding students in posting positively, the staff on my high school's Digital Democracy team ,"Viking Network," created an event to promote the beneficial use of social media in school. We offered all teachers, coaches and activity sponsors to take part in a #TeacherTakeover. As a week-long event with prizes, we invited all staff to share via Twitter some of the great things going on at our high school, William Fremd High School in Palatine, IL. 

Everything from unique student projects to team achievements and club milestones to creative bulletin boards were shared. Teachers throughout the school, some of whom never tried Twitter before, joined in on the competition and further developed our school's PLN. 

The goal of #TeacherTakeover @ThisIsFHS was initially to illustrate the benefits of utilizing social media to engage, connect and motivate with a platform many students already regularly use . . . but became much more.  It became cross-curricular, school-wide collaboration.

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Intended Outcomes
1 - 18
Age Group
Resources Needed
- A school Twitter account - Teacher Twitter accounts - Email to teachers, announcing and describing event - Invitations to teachers, announcing and describing event (OPTIONAL) - Prizes (cookies, pencils, badges, etc)

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Because of the wide, cross-curricular response and active engagement of staff and students, as a follow-up, we will be turning the tables and ...


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