As the new back-to-school year is different this year owing to the COVID-19 pandemic, Facebook has launched an Educator Hub to support teachers, parents and students to stay connected and take care of each other in today’s digital world.
The Educator Hub is designed to help teachers find or build their online community and discover resources for the classroom and beyond. It also includes information and guides from education organizations to help teachers have important conversations with students about racial inequities.
“We’re also sharing Anti-Racism Guides on Instagram to help foster a more inclusive and respectful community and provide access to informative and inspiring content. The Anti-Racism Guides include information from experts like Child Mind Institute to help kids understand racial justice issues in the news, and The Conscious Kid to help parents and educators talk to young students about race,” as revealed by a blog post by Facebook.
Moreover, the Educator Hub also features Get Digital, which is Facebook’s free digital literacy program, developed by experts for teachers, students and parents. It includes lesson plans, conversation starters, activities, videos and other tools to help young people develop skills needed to navigate and thrive in today’s digital world. Let’s see what it has got to offer educators, students and parents or caregivers:
- For educators, Get Digital provides ready-to-use lessons for teaching young people about digital citizenship and maintaining health and well-being while using technology.
- For students, there are various activities that reinforce and expand on the digital skills they’re learning in school and at home.
- For parents and caregivers, this program can help start conversations with kids about how to stay safe online.
Facebook further wants to ensure kids and their parents stay connected to their school communities this year, so it is providing a series of digital guides and activities to help them stay in touch and engaged using Messenger Kids and Messenger Rooms. The guides were developed in partnership with nationally recognized family and parenting expert and author, Ericka Souter. The guides cover topics including:
- Staying Connected for Back to School on Messenger Rooms
- Helping Your Child Connect with New Classmates
- Building Virtual Clubs & Study Breaks for Your Child
- Virtual Lunchtime, Recess & Playdates with Messenger Kids
The Mark Zuckerberg-led social networking giant also revealed that it is sharing wellness resources from trusted partners and experts in the Educator Hub. The Educator Hub offers self-care strategies, mental health tips and other resources from experts like the Greater Good Science Center, CASEL and EverFi.
Furthermore, Facebook has also shared mental health and anti-bullying guides on Instagram to help educators, parents and students manage stress and maintain a positive environment this school year. The guides will offer wellness tips to support people’s mental health in the classroom and beyond.
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