Monday, May 13, 2013
A pair of Twitter feeds are offering frequent words of encouragement and inspiration to students.
Much has been written about the potential destructive power of social media, but there are at least two Twitter feeds dedicated to bolstering the spirits of those at Arundel High School. The feeds Arundel Compliments (@ArundelLove) and Make Arundel Smile (@Love4Arundel) offer frequent words of encouragement and compliments in 140 characters or less. Many of the comments are general, but often are directed at individual students. "Never forget you are all beautiful!" came a Tweet from @ArundelLove on May 1. Another message on May 10 offered encouragement to those students taking Advanced Placement tests: "It's Friday!!!! hope everyone has a good last day of testing for the week! Finish strong. Y'all are amazing." The Arundel Compliments …
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
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Thursday, March 21, 2013
Want to know who to check out on Twitter? These Crofton-centric accounts are worth following.
@CroftonESAACPS - From the good folks at Crofton Elementary School. Get insights into classroom activities and reminders about things like testing and school events. @Familybikeshop - Cycling enthusiasts will enjoy getting riding tips and updates on what's going on at the shop. The shop is great at posting photos of new inventory and special visitors. @CroftonBikeDoc - Another local bike shop that's active on Twitter. The store uses its feed to post store newsletters and information about group rides. @CroftonRotary - Get the latest on the local Rotary Club's activities. This active feed publicizes details of all of its meetings, plus information on new members. @Crofton_ME - The local Massage Envy facility is very active on Twitter, …
Thursday, July 12, 2012
The school system said in a press release that the account enables them expand the way they share the latest information with the public.
Anne Arundel County Public Schools (AACPS) announced Thursday the launch of a new Twitter account to expand the way they communicate with the public. Though the launch was announced Thursday, the school has been tweeting from the account since July 3. According to a press release, the school system will post "actions by the Board of Education, achievements of students and employees across the system and notices of emergency closings and delayed openings caused by inclement weather." The school system announced the launch of a Facebook page in September 2011. Follow AACPS on Twitter and Facebook. See also:
Thursday, March 22, 2012
Students from Arundel High spoke before the school board in support of Andrew Cizek, a psychology and comparative government teacher who was reassigned last month.
Arundel High School students and parents spoke before the Anne Arundel County School Board Wednesday and urged the return of a popular psychology and social studies teacher. Wearing T-shirts with the phrase "#BringBackCizek," they spoke with great emotion in support of Andrew Cizek, who was reassigned within the school system last month and is the subject of an ongoing investigation. Dozens of Arundel High students and parents also sat in the crowd to show their support. “You cannot possibly imagine the tears that have been shed over this matter,” junior Kate Langdon said. “We are here to express our brokenheartedness over the removal of a perfectly innocent man.” A Patch reporter was not in attendance Wednesday, but watched a live …
Monday, March 19, 2012
Recent events involving teachers and students suggest that schools are still working to perfect policies regarding social networking sites.
Schools both locally and across the country are facing tough situations involving the use of social media by teachers and students. With applications such as Facebook and Twitter now a ubiquitous part of American society, schools acknowledge they are still trying to find the best balance between embracing the new communication mediums and protecting students and staff. The issue has become a relevant one locally, after a student at Arundel High School acknowledged sending a series of controversial tweets to a teacher. That teacher is currently under investigation and has been reassigned. Patch reported last week that the teacher had frequently corresponded with students on Twitter. The Capital reported Sunday that Anne Arundel County …
Recent events suggest that when it comes to teachers and students, social media creates a tricky landscape.
A teacher at Arundel High School was reassigned after interacting with a student on Twitter. School officials confirmed an ongoing investigation involving the teacher, but declined to discuss details. Many students have defended the teacher, arguing that he was simply communicating with students in a way they feel comfortable. And many experts said social media applications can be used to enhance education. But other officials said teachers should avoid communicating with students on Twitter and Facebook, because there are too many ethical and legal pitfalls. We want to know what you think. Should teachers and students be allowed to interact on social media networks such as Facebook and Twitter? Vote in the poll below and leave a comment.
Friday, March 16, 2012
An Arundel High senior acknowledged sending a tweet about a teacher that prompted an investigation, but said it's all a misunderstanding.
An Arundel High School senior, who has found herself in the middle of a controversy involving a teacher and a social media website, said on Friday that the whole situation is a misunderstanding. Olivia Piasecki, 17, was a student in Andrew Cizek's Advanced Placement Comparative Government Class. She said in an interview with Patch that she regrets sending a tweet in which she referred to herself as Cizek's “girlfriend” and that she hoped he would not be punished by the school system. Cizek was reassigned out of Arundel High last month, and is the subject of an ongoing investigation by the school system. “I understand how these tweets could have been misinterpreted,” a tearful Piasecki said after calling Patch. “I never meant any harm, he …
Andrew Cizek, a popular social studies and psychology teacher, was removed from the high school last month.
UPDATE (3:56 p.m. Friday)—A popular Arundel High School teacher was reassigned last month after one of his female students referred to herself as his “girlfriend” on Twitter. Now, some of Andrew Cizek’s students plan to rally before the county Board of Education next week in support of the psychology and social studies teacher. Anne Arundel County Public Schools spokesman Bob Mosier said Cizek was removed from Arundel High at the end of February. He has been reassigned to a position that does not involve contact with students. Mosier said school officials are conducting an ongoing investigation involving Cizek, but he declined to reveal a timeline or specifics, including the reason for the reassignment. He added that a final determination …