(All these tweets took place between 4pm and 5pm on Tuesday 9th October 2012)
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?
It’s important that schools think it through strategically rather than individuals jumping in because it’s latest thing to do #BettChat
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
Social networks can give classroom access to topical, relevant news and views and access to leaders in field. #BettChat
Useful to use social feeds to push out information in bite size chunks – messages can get through easier than hidden in a newsletter #BettChat
It’s worth being clear about contexts; teachers using soc med to connect, pupils using soc med for research, documenting learning #BETTchat
#BettChat We can’t ignore social media – it is where many news stories are broken, trends are created and education is built.
Social media does provide good routes for encouraging collaboration in the classroom if used and managed properly #BettChat
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
Social media can also help with Cross-cultural exposure – Students can connect with people across the globe #BettChat
Class Twitter accounts – especially when combined with a blog – are a great way to facilitate discussion at home about learning #BettChat
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
Why is #BETTChat on Twitter? Cos people from across the globe can collaborate, share ideas and learn…sounds like education to me.
Some great ideas! Have you seen/heard of any good examples of social media use in schools? #BettChat
Surely classrooms need access to social media so that teachers can teach sensible use of such sites? #BettChat
Whether in the classroom or at PE, sharing achievements via social media could motivate students to push themselves further #BettChat
A couple of Frog schools have used twitter to engage with parents also within class pages to share news and videos with students #BettChat
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
Enouraging use of social media for parents WITH chn when young may help to develop sensible practices and discourage secrecy later #BettChat
Platforms that enable social media integration which school can control help to blur boundaries between formal & informal learning #BettChat
Should we allow locked down soc nets 1st, only allowing open access once a certificate is gained, or open access from start? #BettChat
Provided that using social media has been thoroughly thought through & the e-safety issues are well taught, what are the cons? #BettChat
Social networks can be a breeding ground for scam artists to lure both children and adults to exchange personal information #BettChat
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
We work with schools where there have been problems with Cyber bullying. Do you know who is liable for Cyber bullying? #BettChat
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
#bettchat are concerns about the risk on social networks mean we are driving back towards the walled garden for *all* in schools?
Anyone using social media in their school able to share successes and challenges of their journey? #BettChat
#BettChat has now ended for the week – thanks everyone for your contributions! We look forward to hearing ideas for next week’s topic
#Bettchat That was really interesting, thanks to everyone who contributed so far!