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Social Media Roundup: How Early is Too Early to Go Social?

First-graders take their first social media steps in the classroom. Also: Save your e-newsletters from Gmail embarrassment.

A new debate over the nation’s classrooms is brewing. This time over how and when to teach the ins and outs of social networks.

That, and some handy tips on keeping your newsletters in pristine condition as Google shakes up its promotions tab, in today’s Social Media Roundup.

Reading, Writing and … Twitter 101?

When’s the right time to introduce social media to the classroom? A story by The New York Times contributor Alex Vadukul highlights how one school in Queens is immersing students in the world of social media as early as the first grade.

Speaking to Janet Elias, a fifth-grade teacher with a particular focus on social media, Vadukul provides a peek into the new world of social media education.

“Her classroom is filled with arts and crafts celebrating social media. A cutout of a blue bird bears the message, ‘follow me.’ One wall is devoted to the ‘#trending hashtag of the week,'” he writes.

For education-related associations, the implications are clear: The debate over whether social media should become part of the standard curriculum will only intensify moving forward. So what policies will your organization rally behind? (ht @nytimes)

Avoid an E-Newsletter Disaster

We’ve mentioned Google’s changes to Gmail’s promotions tab before, but it’s worth looking at the deep dive into the particulars of the company’s Pinterest-esque revamp by HubSpot‘s Pamela Vaughan.

If your association is big into the e-newsletter game, Vaughan’s experiences provide a preview into what you may have to do to guarantee your outreach stands out from the crowd.

The biggest concern will be the image that Gmail decides to pair with your email—or the lack thereof. Luckily, Vaughan walks through what you’ll need to do to ensure your image shows up exactly how you want it to and much more.

And if you’re interested in tinkering with the new promotions tab, head here to sign up. (ht @SocialNicole)


Morgan Little

By Morgan Little

Morgan Little is a contributor to Associations Now. MORE

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