More than 100 teachers from across Europe participated in the SMILE (Social Media in Learning and Education) programme, exploring the challenges and opportunities involved when using social media in education.
The outcomes of the project have been published in a digital handbook. The handbook contains materials and resources along with many valuable reflections and suggestions on some critical aspects of the use of social media in schools.
The handbook will help you to make effective use of social media in your classroom as w ell as helping you to make best use of them for your own professional development.
Some teachers are apprehensive about using social media to communicate with parents, pupils and fellow teachers. This stems from some horror stories, where teachers have been irresponsible in their use of social media. Here the problem is with the person using the resource rather than the resource itself. The GTCS has produced guidance for teachers on the use of social media.
Many teachers throughout the world are making excellent use of social media to develop their professional skills as well as improve communication with pupils and parents. Click here to read an article that may help you to reflect on your own use of social media.
“Children’s access to the internet is not restricted to PCs or laptops. Those aged 12-15 are more likely than last year to go online using their mobile phones and are more likely to say that this is the device they would miss the most.
Since 2011, there has been a 50% rise in 12-15 year olds owning smartphone devices. Almost two thirds (62%) of this age group now has one – up from 41% the previous year. This is significantly higher than the UK average for adults of 45%.
Mobile phones are more important to this age group than any other device, even TV. Two fifths (39%) of 12-15 year olds now say they would miss their mobile phone more than any other device, up from just over a quarter (28%) in 2011. Only one in five (20%) said that they would miss TV the most.” (Ofcom October 2012 http://tinyurl.com/cqfp4k9)
Are you making the best use of the processing power that is sitting in the schoolbags of the majority of pupils in your classroom? Click here to read about how you can use your pupils’ smartphones to support the delivery of the curriculum.
Blogs can be a valuable tool to help promote extended writing . Click here to find out how one teacher has used blogs with her pupils to develop writing skills.