Seaford High yearbook adviser Harry Brake no longer relies on the school's public-address system when he wants to make sure his students note an upcoming deadline. He posts a MySpace bulletin.
"They all get it right away," he said.
While teachers and students make headlines across the country for inappropriate photographs and messages on social networking sites, some Delaware educators are finding innovative ways to use the sites to connect with students.
"I know there's a lot of bad stuff out there," Brake said. He wants to show "people can use it for a better way."
Seaford High English teacher Heather Nasan has "friended" several former students on her personal MySpace page.
"It's been a way for us to keep contact," she said.
Her page includes pictures of her with her horse and lists some of her favorite books, bands and movies. Nasan said teachers' MySpace and Facebook pages can show students they are people who like Korn or "Pirates of the Caribbean," too.
Jennifer Copson, a University of Delaware graduate and Newark resident who teaches high school English in Maryland, never approaches her students on MySpace or Facebook, but if they send her a "friend request," she will approve it, adding the student to her page.
"It's good to kind of get to know your students on a different level. That way they know that they have someone they can talk to," Copson, 22, said.
She sometimes uses the sites to talk to the students about class.
"If some of my students are absent and I am friends with them, I will message them on what we did in class or congratulate them for earning an A on a test," she said.
Seaford High senior Sade Topping thinks teachers could use MySpace or Facebook more.
"If you put homework assignments and stuff on there, kids are often on there and then kids would get the homework done even if they didn't come to class," she said.
Classmate Sarah Detts said more teachers should create course pages with class photos and postings about deadlines.
"It could be a real unifying experience," she said.
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