Starting the end of the last school year, many Ledyard teachers adapted to using various social media platforms as a new way to connect with their students. Twitter has been the most popular within Ledyard faculty.
James Wisniewski, a science teacher at LHS, shared why he joined Twitter, “I thought it would be a good way to connect with students,” he said. He also shares that he only posts a few times a week, mainly about school events or astronomy, but says that number will increase with the amount of followers. Another useful thing Wisniewski states about Twitter is that it allows the future students of some teachers, even from Ledyard Middle School, to see what they can expect at high school.
Aside from using Twitter for events within LHS, history teacher Elizabeth Dubreuil utilizes Twitter directly in her classes. Since Dubreuil teaches pop culture, Twitter is a helpful resource when attempting to keep up with today’s popular happenings. She has even allowed her students to tweet her during class time on a few occasions, if relevant. She encourages her students to follow her and tries to keep her page as friendly as possible. “I am very enthusiastic when it comes to Twitter and my classroom,” she said. “I look forward to showing students how their world of social media can be used as a new medium for assignments, news and discussions.”
Students have also shared their opinions about their teachers having twitter or following them. Many students think the idea is ridiculous and teachers need to delete their social media immediately, but other students argue for the benefits of teachers having Twitter. Freshman Jolie Suarez believes it has been an effective way for teachers to communicate with students. Suarez points out, “The teachers have told us tens of times already, “We are not going to chase you around for your work.” So having teachers on your friends list and being able to shoot them a quick message that will show up in their notifications, is definitely efficient,” she said. Suarez also shares that she would follow her teachers and not object to being followed back.
Overall, the modern transition of Ledyard’s faculty to social media has proven to be beneficial, although leaving many students stunned at the sudden change.
Megan Rosen, Staff Writer
Sophomore Megan Rosen is a staff writer for the 2015-2016 Colonel. She is on the volleyball team.