Laguna Beach Unified School District is pushing forward a social media platform that connects teachers with students outside of the classroom.
Victor Guthrie, district director of Educational Technology and Information Services, said the program — Edmodo — is essentially Facebook for the education world.
"It reaches [students] the way they reach out to their peers," he said of the program. "Everyone is connecting on some sort of digital media and, historically, education is slow to adopt it."
LBUSD wants to change that.
Edmodo, a nonprofit, has been used by a small group of district teachers over the past two years and is now used by 32 teachers and 842 students in the district.
Carl Nelson, a Thurston Middle School social studies teacher, first starting using Edmodo in 2010, according to a news release. He's used the program as a teaching tool by posting videos, pictures, audio and messages to students on the website. Nelson's sister works for Edmodo.