Monday, August 27, 2012
Follow the first day of school in Montgomery County using the hashtag #MCPSfirstday.
By 9:30 a.m., all of Montgomery County Public Schools were back in session. See what people were saying about the start of the school year on Twitter using the hashtag #MCPSfirstday.
Friday, August 17, 2012
Check out our list of education leaders for back-to-school news.
The Maryland State Department of Education is the latest state agency to jump on the Twitter train, and just in time for the back-to-school season. The @MdPublicSchools account launched Aug. 10, reminding followers of Maryland's tax-free shopping week and other notes about back-to-school preparations across the state. "Our goal is to reach parents, teachers, and the public wherever they are, in whatever format they are most comfortable with," said William Reinhard, spokesperson for MSDE. "We began our Facebook page last year with the same thing in mind. There is a lot going on in Maryland public schools—changes in curriculum, coming changes in assessment, new ways educators will be evaluated and more. We want parents to know what is going …
Thursday, June 28, 2012
The county reacts on social media after initial reports botched the Supreme Court Ruling on "Obamacare."
The Twitter nation waited and watched for the Supreme Court ruling on President Obama's healthcare act Thursday morning. Seconds after the ruling was released, the social media outlet exploded in confusion. Early reports from CNN said the Affordable Care Act had been struck down, the Associated Press reported that the law had been upheld, some claimed it was too early to have a correct analysis. Read more about Montgomery County leaders' reactions to the Supreme Court's decision to uphold the ACA.
Friday, April 27, 2012
Renay Johnson communicates with her students through Twitter.
As Montgomery Blair High School’s new principal, Renay Johnson, took a step into the school’s hallways, social media took the step along with her. Johnson was the former principal at Takoma Park Middle School for five years, and was appointed as the Montgomery Blair principal in Silver Spring this past summer. Since June, she has managed a Twitter account by herself for the high school. “Knowing I have so many students, I wanted to be able to communicate with all of them,” Johnson says. Montgomery Blair is the largest high school in Montgomery County with approximately 2,800 students and 300 staff members. The Twitter page is mainly used to post information about school events, highlight the athlete of the month, and post pictures. Johnson…
Thursday, September 2, 2010
Spreading information is a top priority for Takoma Park's newly hired media specialist.
In Mayorga Coffee Shop, just across the street from the Takoma Metro, Craig Terrill recently sat working on his plan to get information out to the citizens of Takoma Park more effectively through social media. His job didn't exist three weeks ago, but he has already started networking and has launched a campaign to guide the city's government into the digital age. Through Twitter and Facebook, Terrill hopes to give citizens more access to everything from city events to how to participate in the government process. "Social media is the fastest and best way to get information out," Terrill said. Terrill will help the city design a new website and hopes to use social media to make Takoma Park a mobile city. "We need a site that looks outward…