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. Unfortunately not many of the teachers are active in the channel.
All of these groups are complimented by email and Zoom.