Choosing the right platform is a challenge. When I read Tweet me, message me, like me: using social media to facilitate pedagogical change within an emerging community of practice I was thinking about the ways my teaching team communicates.
I work at a small k-12 private school. There are four full time teaching positions for grades 7-12. I know small… but good. We each teach multiple subjects. Since we are a small school everyone collaborates at some level or another. We don’t use social media to communicate but we do use social messaging services.
Here is a breakdown of how most of our communication happens.
WhatsApp: It is not my first choice for work communications but it is what works well for the other 7-12 team members. It works fine and we can easily use group messaging on different platforms (However, my phone died recently and I was not able to use it with out my phone working).
Google Chat: I work very closely with our IT director and we use Google Chat all of the time to communicate. I also sometimes use it with our administrative assistants.
Text messaging: Quick communication with the whole staff often takes place via text messaging. This is fine but it works different depending on what kind of phone you have.
Google Hangouts: Students often message teachers via Hangouts. This is quick and I think all of us have it on our phones.
Slack: I recently started using slack because our “division” started a channel and this allows me to talk with teachers all over the US and Canada.
All of these groups are complimented by email and Zoom.