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Connecting classrooms with social media

Posted at 7:19 PM, Jan 08, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-08 23:51:11-05

Teachers, principals and schools are now on social media in Palm Beach County, and they're using it to connect outsiders to the classroom.

One of those teachers who you can find online is Todd LaVogue, or @ToddLaVogue.

"Through social media you can get more of those awesome stories that students are doing in every classroom in the district. There are some really great stories. I'm glad I get to share mine," Todd says.

He teaches finance at Watson B. Duncan Middle School in Palm Beach Gardens, but he also shares classroom experiences on Twitter and Instagram.

"I only take pictures and post them on Instagram when they're working hard in the classroom, so they know it's like their badge when they've done something great," he says.

Todd had more than a thousand followers all around the world, including students and their parents.

He says social media came in handy for many parents during a recent class trip to New York City.

Todd posted photos from the trip online as the kids made their way through the city.

"I led a field trip here at Duncan of 46 students to New York City, five days after the Paris bombings. Needless to say, there were some obviously concerned parents. Parents told me after that it made it so much better that they were able to take the trip with us," he says.

But he says social media also helps parents who have questions about an upcoming class.

"A mom had a question last night, where could they find something their daughter needed to look over, and she used social media to get a hold of me," Todd says.

Ava Giacopelli is one of his students.

She follows her teacher on Instagram which only features photos.

"These pictures are more educational. They tell about things going on in the classroom like what happened that day," Ava says.

She says other teachers should follow the trend.

"It's the new wave of the earth and I think everyone should get involved in it because that's  what everyone should be doing because that's a good way to communicate with your students," Ava says.