Bourne Middle School 8th graders are pioneering the way to communicate effectively within their school community through social media.
Six students were chosen by their teachers to form a technology team with principal Melissa L. Stafford. Five students accepted the challenge.
Ms. Stafford will mentor and guide these five students as they maximize communication efforts on the school’s mobile app, website and Facebook page.
The group is called the Student Support Technology Team (SSTT) and will meet every day during their seminar enrichment block.
Participating students are: Kiara L. Cartier, Nolan K. Eldridge, Caton J. Medeiros, Kali G. Tanguay and Elias W. Way.
The team will prepare and build on the content for the school’s social media sites so that all students, and their families, and teachers will benefit by joining the school’s digital community.
Just yesterday, the team set up the school’s twitter account: @BourneMiddle.
Digital literacy teacher Lynn M. Weeks teaches every middle school student how to be a “good digital citizen” and what a digital footprint is—the lasting impression they make in the online community. She also
teaches them how to use technology for research and educational purposes and how to know what Internet information is reliable.
The SSTT students are all very familiar with the different social media platforms and the rules of proper Internet and media use.
“We have a responsibility to our students who have never known life without digital access to Google and social media. We are a very technology-friendly school and we had to find a balance between what they do know about technology with what they need to know. Social media has not replaced traditional engagement but this does foster an education of technology that students need in order to be ready for the work world,” Ms. Stafford said.
In addition to growing and maintaining the school’s social media connections, this team will be asked to expand the connections and also offer technical assistance.
Bourne Middle School has recently acquired iPads and Nexus 10 tablets that are available on carts for teachers to sign out for classroom use.
Ms. Stafford is hopeful that this Student Support Technology Team can help their teachers get these tablets ready for use and help to keep them upgraded and current.
Each time the group meets they will work on a project that increases the depth of the social media accounts.
“I think it will be fun to change the school’s website and make it more user friendly,” Elias said.
Kiara said, “It will be cool to be able to update info every day.”
Communicating within the school is one thing but Ms. Stafford also wants to get the word out about all of the events and happenings that families and the broader community should know. The school website
has been around for awhile but the intent of the new social media sites will be to reach out with information and help spread the information to the people who need it.
Becoming a part of the Bourne Middle School digital community can happen in a couple of ways. The first path is through the website www.bourneps.org, and the second through facebook.com/Bourne Middle School. If a mobile experience is preferred, log onto SchoolInfoApp.com and select Bourne Middle School.