#BettChat archive 9th October 2012

(All these tweets took place between 4pm and 5pm on Tuesday 9th October 2012)

Bett‏  @Bett_show

Hello everyone for this week’s #BettChat! This week’s topic is the pros & cons of social media in the classroom. Any ideas to kick us off?

LapSafe Products‏  @LapSafe

Our look at the pros and cons of using social media in the classroom http://lapsafe.wordpress.com/ #BettChat

Life‏  @lifeisabout

It’s important that schools think it through strategically rather than individuals jumping in because it’s latest thing to do #BettChat

Life‏  @lifeisabout

A locked down school FB account to push out news, updates etc can be a great way to reach those who don’t always read letters #BettChat

IrritableTech‏  @IrritableTech

Social networks can give classroom access to topical, relevant news and views and access to leaders in field. #BettChat

Life‏  @lifeisabout

Useful to use social feeds to push out information in bite size chunks – messages can get through easier than hidden in a newsletter #BettChat

Zu3D animation‏  @Zu3D

It’s worth being clear about contexts; teachers using soc med to connect, pupils using soc med for research, documenting learning #BETTchat

Bryan Plumb‏  @BryanPlumb

#BettChat We can’t ignore social media – it is where many news stories are broken, trends are created and education is built.

Life‏  @lifeisabout

@irritabletech Yes – Twitter in particular can get responses directly from individuals which can be inspirational #BettChat

IrritableTech‏  @IrritableTech

@lifeisabout agreed. Broadcast accounts can be an excellent way to engage all stakeholders in schools. #BettChat

Smoothwall‏  @Smoothwall

Great blog @Lapsafe I think familiarity is key. If you can engage students with technology they understand it will be positive #BettChat

eInstructionApacEmea‏  @eInstruction_uk

Social media does provide good routes for encouraging collaboration in the classroom if used and managed properly #BettChat

Life‏  @lifeisabout

RT @bryanplumb: #BettChat We can’t ignore social media – it is where many news stories are broken, trends are created and education is built

The Whizz Prof‏  @WhizzProf

It taps into students natural inclination to use technology. We can’t ignore it, so if it’s monitored it’s a great classroom tool. #Bettchat

Smoothwall‏  @Smoothwall

Social media can also help with Cross-cultural exposure – Students can connect with people across the globe #BettChat

Life‏  @lifeisabout

Class Twitter accounts – especially when combined with a blog – are a great way to facilitate discussion at home about learning #BettChat

Frog‏  @frogtrade

If social media is monitored in the correct way it can work to the advantage of the school & allow students the freedom they want #BettChat

Bryan Plumb‏  @BryanPlumb

Why is #BETTChat on Twitter? Cos people from across the globe can collaborate, share ideas and learn…sounds like education to me.

Bett‏  @Bett_show

Some great ideas! Have you seen/heard of any good examples of social media use in schools? #BettChat

IrritableTech‏  @IrritableTech

Surely classrooms need access to social media so that teachers can teach sensible use of such sites? #BettChat

Technogym  ‏@Technogym

Whether in the classroom or at PE, sharing achievements via social media could motivate students to push themselves further #BettChat

Frog‏  @frogtrade

A couple of Frog schools have used twitter to engage with parents also within class pages to share news and videos with students #BettChat

Smoothwall‏  @Smoothwall

Ofsted are now asking schools to evaluate their level of e-safety. Do you have an e-safety policy & how does social media fit? #Bettchat

Bryan Plumb‏  @BryanPlumb

Gunpowder, Tweeting and Plot project, from @chrisleach78 http://is.gd/PfOUNU #BettChat Now that is innovative!

School Website‏  @schoolwebsite

Hope it’s not too late to introduce myself! I’m Dan W from @schoolwebsite and we’re promoting online marketing services to schools #BettChat

Life‏  @lifeisabout

Enouraging use of social media for parents WITH chn when young may help to develop sensible practices and discourage secrecy later #BettChat

Frog  ‏@frogtrade

A case study of Light Hall School who have been able to engage students with different methods of media http://www.frogtrade.com/index.phtml?d=2532972 #BettChat

Life‏  @lifeisabout

Platforms that enable social media integration which school can control help to blur boundaries between formal & informal learning #BettChat

Smoothwall‏  @Smoothwall

Here is a good example of how a school is using social media to teach Geography http://bit.ly/Pq4xaT #BettChat

Life‏  @lifeisabout

RT @smoothwall: Here is a good example of how a school is using social media to teach Geography http://bit.ly/Pq4xaT <great ideas #BettChat

Frog‏  @frogtrade

Really good examples of social media being used in primary & secondary schools numbers 14 & 11 are the best! http://frogtrade.com/index.phtml?d=2463702 #BettChat

Bryan Plumb  @BryanPlumb

Should we allow locked down soc nets 1st, only allowing open access once a certificate is gained, or open access from start? #BettChat

IrritableTech  ‏@IrritableTech

@Smoothwall True. ESafety must be taught across the curric. +ive use of social media in class whilst pointing out pitfalls is gd? #BettChat

Life‏  @lifeisabout

Provided that using social media has been thoroughly thought through & the e-safety issues are well taught, what are the cons? #BettChat

Zu3D animation‏  @Zu3D

RT @bryanplumb Why is #BETTChat on Twitter? Cos ppl from across the globe can collaborate, share ideas & learn, sounds like education to me

Smoothwall‏  @Smoothwall

Knowing how to protect yourself online is also key to using online platforms. Here are some tips http://bit.ly/QaLG2k #BettChat

Life‏  @lifeisabout

@bryanplumb Depends on the whole teaching approach taken towards e-safety and appropriate use as well as age of students? #BettChat

IrritableTech  ‏@IrritableTech

@frogtrade @Smoothwall Thanks for the examples. #BETTChat

Smoothwall‏  @Smoothwall

Social networks can be a breeding ground for scam artists to lure both children and adults to exchange personal information #BettChat

Life‏  @lifeisabout

@zu3d @BryanPlumb Social media as window to global classroom – if it works for our CPD then should for our students’ learning too #BettChat

Life  ‏@lifeisabout

@smoothwall That’s why using in the classroom & discussing is important. Much more effective to do in context than one off lesson #BettChat

Smoothwall‏  @Smoothwall

@lifeisabout I agree practical application is always better #BettChat

School Website‏  @schoolwebsite

#BettChat Check out http://ed.ted.com/ to see how #TED have allowed teachers to ‘flip’ #YouTube videos for students to optimise class time

Aidan Threadgold‏  @AidanThreadgold

If social media used in class kids would use it at home, so safety must be taught – good way to engage with kids outside of class #BettChat

Smoothwall‏  @Smoothwall

We work with schools where there have been problems with Cyber bullying. Do you know who is liable for Cyber bullying? #BettChat

Animate It!‏  @AnimateEducate

We really ought to use media that students use in every day life if we want to engage them – so if social media works, use it! #BettChat

Tony Sheppard‏  @grumbledook

#bettchat are concerns about the risk on social networks mean we are driving back towards the walled garden for *all* in schools?

IrritableTech‏  @IrritableTech

@AnimateEducate I agree, but what happens if we over use it? Will students unfollow, switch off, move to another platform? #BettChat

Life  ‏@lifeisabout

There’s been good work done with Edmodo as secure social learning environment for KS2 students @simonhaughton http://ow.ly/ekZvE #BettChat

Life‏  @lifeisabout

@grumbledook Certainly in some schools, but that is a general strategic issue for them & can stem from fear of unknown #BettChat

Animate It!  ‏@AnimateEducate

@IrritableTech It’s a case of getting a balance and also making information interesting, engaging and relevant to keep interest #BettChat

IrritableTech‏  @IrritableTech

@AnimateEducate I’m sure you’re right. Should schools invest time in one SM platform? What if the fashion changes? Work lost? #BettChat

Smoothwall‏  @Smoothwall

@grumbledook Not sure about walled garden. Schools need solutions where they can enable users as well as protecting them. #BettChat

Life‏  @lifeisabout

@irritabletech @AnimateEducate use the platforms that reach those you want to reach but teach skills that will be used anywhere #BettChat

Sue  ‏@IparadaSue

@kat_thorne_UK #BettChat comments from frog but not its on social media, added my own!

Animate It!‏  @AnimateEducate

@IrritableTech We have to be aware that tech moves fast. It’s about going with the platform that works best at the time. #BettChat

Life  ‏@lifeisabout

Anyone using social media in their school able to share successes and challenges of their journey? #BettChat

Life Lara‏  @reallara

RT @lifeisabout: Anyone using social media in their school able to share successes and challenges of their journey? #BettChat

IrritableTech  ‏@IrritableTech

@AnimateEducate Perhaps using SM to link to and present resources on a school maintained system? VLE? So it transfers quickly? #BettChat

Smoothwall‏  @Smoothwall

@AnimateEducate @IrritableTech That’s very true! Also, it will depend on the subject and the age of the students. #BettChat

Life  ‏@lifeisabout

@irritabletech @AnimateEducate Several of our schools tweet out links to new content and resources on their platform #BettChat

Bett‏  @Bett_show

#BettChat has now ended for the week – thanks everyone for your contributions! We look forward to hearing ideas for next week’s topic

School Website  ‏@schoolwebsite

#Bettchat That was really interesting, thanks to everyone who contributed so far!

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