Des Moines Public Schools uses several social media tools in order to share news, information, announcements and more with parents, staff, the community and anyone interested in Iowa’s largest provider of public education.
The social media sites used by DMPS all have free smartphone and tablet apps available, making is easy to connect from anywhere and at anytime.
The following is a list of current DMPS social media sites, a link to each, and a brief description of how each is used:
|Facebook: DMPS uses Facebook for a little bit of everything – announcements about student and staff honors, links to stories about our schools, reminders about upcoming events, and more. “Liking” the DMPS Facebook page is a good way to receive regular updates from the school district.|
|Flickr: The school district is building a photojournalist-quality library of images covering a range of events and activities in our schools. Images from our Flickr page are for the use of the district and schools; for the personal use of individuals in the photos; and for use by the news media (with attribution given to Des Moines Public Schools).|
|LinkedIn: Des Moines Public Schools is the fifth largest employer in the metro, and the district’s Human Resources department uses LinkedIn as a means to share information about job openings as well as recent hires.|
|Pinterest: From our schools to arts and sports news to our alumni – including Pinterest founder Ben Silbermann – DMPS “pins” a variety of stories and images using Pinterest.|
|Tumblr: Each year there are hundreds of photos taken of special events, field trips and other activities at our schools. Tumblr provides a simple blog tool in which to share these images so that more and more people can see the great work of our students and teachers.|
|Twitter: Much like Facebook, the school district uses Twitter to share links to a range of stories. In addition, Twitter is used for announcements and reminders about events and schedules. Adding the school district to your Twitter contacts is another good way to receive regular updates.|
|YouTube: The school district is home to DMPS-TV, a 24/7 cable outlet that airs on Mediacom channels 85 or 97.3. In addition, all DMPS-TV programming may also be viewed online on our YouTube channel.|
Please note that Des Moines Public Schools reserves the right to remove comments and/or block users on any of its social media sites who post comments which, in the school district’s sole discretion, bully, intimidate, or harass any individual; contain obscenity, nudity or gratuitous violence; are commercial or political solicitations; are factually erroneous, libelous, or wildly off-topic; are from anonymous blog trolls; or that otherwise violate State law, school district policy, or the guidelines of the social media sites.
A copy of the social media guidelines for DMPS employees can be downloaded here.