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Social media for schools: a guide to Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest

Social media for schools: a guide to Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest
• For advice on e-safety in schools, click here The use of social media in education continues to be something of a hot topic with arguments both for and against. So I carried out a small survey of 27 teaching professionals in order to create a baseline of understanding into the use (or not) of social networking in schools, and also any concerns over some of the e-safety risks. The full survey results can be found here. There are many uses of social media in education - below are just a few of the ways they can be effectively used. Facebook • Using Facebook as a 'broadcast' account. Inspiration: University of Gloucestershire - This is a Facebook Page from my old university. Cambridge University - Another good example. Twitter • Twitter, like Facebook, is also being used as a broadcast account. Risca Community Comprehensive - A great example of an active school Twitter feed. Clevedon School - Another great example of an active feed. iClevedon - This is an account from the Clevedon again.

Social media is more than simply a marketing tool for academic research | Higher Education Network | Guardian Professional According to Jeff Jarvis, author of Public Parts: How Sharing in the Digital Age Improves the Way We Work and Live, thanks to the internet, "we all have our Gutenberg presses and the privileges they accord." For academic institutions, the internet is a largely untapped resource for shaping and sharing scholarly research. As with the Gutenberg press, maybe professors are worried about permanently penning their ideas into cyberspace. Others may worry about privacy, especially regarding social networking. But social media and the internet have transformative powers, allowing faculty to form powerful connections and reach new audiences that previously couldn't be accessed from the ivory tower. For the past year, I've been working with the faculty and research institutes at NYU's Robert F. One of the most important lessons I've learned is that social media is not just marketing for academic work. Learning through social networking platforms allows a researcher to be a lifelong student.

How Twitter in the Classroom is Boosting Student Engagement Professors who wish to engage students during large lectures face an uphill battle. Not only is it a logistical impossibility for 200+ students to actively participate in a 90 minute lecture, but the downward sloping cone-shape of a lecture hall induces a one-to-many conversation. This problem is compounded by the recent budget cuts that have squeezed ever more students into each room. Fortunately, educators (including myself) have found that Twitter is an effective way to broaden participation in lecture. Additionally, the ubiquity of laptops and smartphones have made the integration of Twitter a virtually bureaucracy-free endeavor. This post describes the two main benefits professors find when using Twitter in lecture. Increased Participation Classroom shyness is like a blackhole: Once silence takes over, it never lets go. That's why, Dr. During lecture, students tweet comments or questions via laptop or cell phone, while the TA and Dr. A Community of Learners Conclusion

Don't let e-safety worries be a barrier to using social media in school | Teacher Network Blog | Guardian Professional Using social media in school doesn't have to cause e-safety panics. This practical guide offers great advice for those yet to embrace social networking. Photograph: • Read more on using social media in schools here It is clear that one of the major obstacles to adopting social networking is that of e-safety. However, there is very little technical knowledge required, if any at all. Social networking raises many obvious (and some not so obvious) e-safety concerns in schools. Regardless of what we do there is a risk involved; driving to and from work, lifting something off the floor and, as I found out recently to the detriment of my back, keeping fit! In all of the above examples we are taught to be safe by doing, not by sitting in front of a Powerpoint. Again going back to the driving analogy, practicing your driving skills and risk assessing hazards becomes second nature; this is a life skill, not a lesson.

10 New Ways Twitter Is Changing The College Lecture Continuing our theme of using Twitter in education this week , we bring you a look at the ways Twitter is causing the current lecture model to evolve. The following analysis is brought to you by our content partners over at Online Universities . Gone is the time when PowerPoint was the most impressive communication technology in the lecture hall. These days, students and professors enjoy the power of Twitter, a tool that allows for digital discussions to supplement and even guide lecture sessions. So how exactly is Twitter changing the college lecture as we know it? Read on to find out about 10 different ways. Mobile devices are welcome in the lecture hall once again : Not long ago, cell phones were met with intense hatred in the lecture hall, villainized as noisy distractions. Lectures become a conversation : Without Twitter, lectures are often a one-way street, with professors lecturing for about an hour, mostly uninterrupted. Bashful students are speaking up :

Don’t ban social media from schools By Steve Nicholls, Special to CNN Editor’s note: Steve Nicholls is the author of Social Media in Business. He is a social media strategist hired by business executives to teach them how to implement a winning social media strategy into their organization. The New York Education Department recently stated that in the first 11 months of 2011 there were 69 cases where teachers were accused of inappropriate conduct with students on Facebook. This raises a question: Is prohibiting social media in schools the right way to protect children? In my view, if the answer is yes then that would mean that as technology grows, schools are forbidden to grow with it, and that would somewhat be of a contradiction to what a school is supposed to be in the first place. I believe it is critical that social media is allowed in schools as it presents a world of opportunities that far outweigh the risks if it is implemented safely and properly. Concerned parents may point to the potential dangers and risks. 1.

The Healthcare Blogger Code of Ethics and HIPAA | The Social Medic One of the problems that early health care bloggers faced was trying to figure out what was and what was not permissible or ethical in the blogosphere. Since this post is dealing with legal matters, first a quick disclaimer: The information presented herein represents the views of the author as of the date of publication. The publication is for informational purposes only and not for the purpose of providing legal advice. While every attempt has been made to verify the information provided in this publication, neither the author nor its affiliates/partners assume any responsibility for errors, inaccuracies or omissions. If advice concerning medical, legal or related matters is needed, the services of a fully qualified professional should be sought. Wasn’t that fun? The Health Care Blogger Code of Ethics In May 2007 discussion of the need for an oath or a code evolved into The Healthcare Blogger Code of Ethics. Perspective – that your readers understand your professional perspective.

Teachers need advice on social networking Released 02/08/2012 With 14 teachers suspended as a result of their social media activity and 18 more placed on probation; it's more important than ever for schools to provide up to date guidelines for staff, advises The website - which is part of the PDC Education network - has welcomed the NUT's recent statement notifying schools of the need to implement social media policies ahead of the new term. Rebecca Jordan, founder of iTeachingResources says every school needs to make it clear to teachers what they should and should not do in the virtual space: "Social media is changing almost daily which makes it very difficult for schools to effectively police the use of sites like Twitter and Facebook by teaching staff. iTeachingResources has developed a social media policy in conjunction with internet and teaching experts, which it claims will help schools manage this increasingly important task. • Safeguards to ensure the school is not exposed to legal liability

Digital media get top marks as they bring a new kind of learning into the classroom - Education Given that, it's hardly surprising that digital and social media are becoming more and more widely used in schools and universities. In fact, institutions around the UK are bringing students new learning experiences via digital media. A recent example saw 9,000 students from 140 schools watch a webcast of Tim Crouch's play I, Cinna, based on the misadventures of a lowly character from Shakespeare's Julius Caesar, then writing their own poems and prose in response and taking part in a live Q&A with the actor and director. The project was the result of a collaboration between Cisco, the Royal Shakespeare Company, JANET (a government-funded research and education network) and university sector college Ravensbourne. The Q&A session was hosted by former Blue Peter presenter Konnie Huq, and many of the students taking part, aged 11-16, had never been to the theatre or written poetry. Being Twitter-literate can have unexpected advantages. Making Shakespeare relevant in the digital age

Social Media Is Becoming Useful, Finally Gustavo Razzetti | December 25, 2012 | 2 Comments inShare33 A new tool is looking to change your social media experience by allowing you to pull and save parts of the web that you care about. In one of my recent columns, I addressed how Pinterest has succeeded by creating a space in between Facebook and Google: balancing a "cry for attention" with "utility." Welcome to Clipboard I had the opportunity to interview Gary Flake last week. So what's the buzz about Clipboard? Clipboard's solution seems pretty easy. By default, your clips are private unless you decide to make them public. Playing the Social Media Game Facebook has become a synonym of social bragging, showing to our world of "friends" our curated version of what we want people to believe about us: "the ideal me." Pinterest is an effective marriage of utility and a cry for attention. The Future of Clipboard Today, the company is focusing on client acquisition. Clipboard Wants You.

Future - Technology - Rethinking the social network It’s not how many friends you have in your social circles but who you are friends with that matters, argues columnist Tom Chatfield. At some point later this year, Facebook will connect one in every seven people on the planet. When it passes the billion user mark – and really it is a question of when, not if – it will inevitably be accompanied by the common lament of the social media critic: social networks degrade the idea of friendship. It’s a critique backed by several studies suggesting that it’s only possible to maintain meaningful social relationships with a relatively small number of people. Dunbar’s argument, first set out in 1992, was based on the limited capacity of the human brain’s neocortex – the part of the brain responsible for conscious thought, sensory perception and language, amongst others. Here, however, is where I diverge from the anti-Facebook brigade. This is what you might call an “inner network” effect. Macabre thoughts

Does your school use Facebook or other social media to communicate or teach? | Momania: A Blog for Busy Moms Is your school administration or your school’s PTA using Facebook to communicate with parents? Are your teachers using social media in the classroom to help teach? According to one website 90 percent of teachers are using social media in their classrooms or in their professional careers. I think that numbers seems high for in the classroom but I do think there are lots of opportunities to use social media and communicate with kids/teens in ways in which they are comfortable. Buzzom offers ideas for teachers such as: (The university encourages us to let the students live Tweet us questions. I think though a lot of the social media sites are blocked within the elementary school. Our school’s PTO (they say O instead of A) started an open page last spring and has been doing a great job updating it throughout the summer. (Just to make sure we’re all talking the same lingo: An open page or fan page on Facebook can be seen by anyone. They posted school photos from the first day.

I'd never boast about it, but I'm a master of the new art of underbragging | Oliver Burkeman Ever so 'umble: but then at least Usain Bolt really is better than everyone else. Photograph: McClatchy-Tribune/Getty Images If you're unusually insightful and perceptive, like me, you may have noticed that boastfulness is increasingly socially acceptable these days. Perhaps this helps explain the unhinged gusto with which Usain Bolt declared himself a living legend last week at the Olympics: in a world where every other Facebook status update is a veiled act of self-aggrandisement, the only way to make an impact with your bragging is to push it to the limit. Laughing at others' clunky efforts at self-promotion used to be a strictly annual pleasure, confined to the opening of round-robin Christmas letters; now it's a daily chore. Technology is partly to blame: with so many more channels through which to manipulate one's public image, it's not especially surprising that we are tempted to present ourselves as positively as possible.