Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Spreading the Love

In social media it is at times assumed (and rightly so) that using an anonymous account is nothing but bad news.  We all have seen plenty, perhaps too much, of that already.  But there is also a way to use anonymity in a very positive and uplifting way.

While participating in this weekend's New Teachers to Twitter (#NT2t) chat one of the guiding questions was,

"What are some creative ways to teach Twitter basics and digital citizenship to students before going online?"

That got me thinking about one of the more creative things I have seen on Twitter for a while now: anonymous high school Twitter accounts.  This is when anonymous and social media becomes a positive and powerful thing.  These are accounts run by a student or students who never identify themselves.  These kids then use the account to give compliments to other Twitter users throughout the school year.  When the kids graduate or move on they pass along the log in credentials for the account to a fellow student or students with the understanding that they never let anyone know who they are.  How is that for digital citizenship?

I have run into a few examples from our district and I'm pretty if you look you'll be able to find similar accounts in your district as well.  If you can't find one, start an account yourself or encourage someone to do something like this.  It's a great way to build Twitter literacy, show the power of social media. all while using the power of anonymity in a very responsible way.  

And, most likely, someone's day will be made in the process.  What's not to like about that?