Session 195: Teaching & Learning with Social Networks: Advantages and Disadvantages

Date: Thursday 27th March 2014

Teaching & Learning with Social Networks: Advantages and Disadvantages

Hosted by: @JaynieHill

Summary:

The discussion went very well. The outcome seems to be more positive which I must say I was a little shocked about. But glad to know a lot of people were as interested in this as I am and that others also agreed it was an advantage….If used correctly and sensibly and that policies were put in place.

It seems a lot use it for marketing purpose for the school, which seems to be working for everyone. It was good to hear that some schools use social media as a means to communicate with parents rather than sending out letters. Others used it in lessons. Facebook, Twitter were used to get instant student responses and discussions within class and to also communicate with professionals which I thought was a great idea and also great for the students. Edmodo seems popular too as you connect, share, set work and collect feedback etc. The chosen social media used was just unblocked for that class it is not an open site for the whole school.

[pullquote]Using social media in education is also a way to show students how to use it correctly and safely.[/pullquote]Think about it like this…Using social media in education is also a way to show students how to use it correctly and safely.

Most responses were positive. But of course, there were comments regarding the disadvantages. Things such as not everyone can get to a computer, or on the internet out of school. Child protection. SLT not trusting the sites. All very worthwhile comments.

Going social is not for everyone. It is down to the school and individuals who want to go that was. But also; remember that a majority of students and parents will have a Facebook or Twitter account. So you are getting up to date information to them within seconds rather than posting out letters. I feel this is the way forward and reading everyone comments I came to the conclusion that most people wanted to get this on board at their school.

Really enjoyed this discussion!

Eye Catching Tweets from the Session:

Paul Sharpe @PaulDSharpe – @ukedchat We have a general school Twitter/Facebook account for parental engagement. Hard getting teachers into social media. #ukedchat

Chris Waterworth ?@ChrisWaterworth – @ukedchat Educate the with the do’s and don’ts of social media. They are going to use social media eventually anyway #ukedchat

Urban Teacher ?@urban_teacher – Our main form of communication to parents is Facebook ‘like page’ and Twitter Feed #ukedchat #socialmedia

Paperless Society Nice!

Allison C. Hall ?@allisoncarlhall – #SocialMedia! Use Responsibly. Every schools should ensure this. Makes no sense fearing it. #ukedchat

Bernie @EnterpriseSBox – “@CastlefordIT: Started using twitter to showcase pupil work, they love the kudos! #ukedchat Perfect usage…it’s like being published!

MT @ShropshireSBM: #ukedchat yes and used both ways. Grt way to share info, celebrate success and achievement, as well as interact with.

Tweet of the Week:

Urban Teacher ?@urban_teacher

Our main form of communication to parents is Facebook ‘like page’ and Twitter Feed #ukedchat #socialmedia

About your Host:

My name is Jayne Hill and I work in an Academy in Staffordshire.

I am the VLE/Web Manager and I am currently implementing a new cloud based learning platform. I have recently set up Twitter, Facebook and YouTube for the Academy and now creating a new website. I also want to get involved in the newsletter.

My role is to create, design and communicate.

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