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#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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#BETTChat archive 6th December 2011

(All these tweets took place on Tuesday 6th December 2011)

@BETT_show BETT

Welcome to today’s #BETTChat. The topic is: the potential of using handheld/portable devices in the classroom.

@Limitless_Ltd Limitless Learning

Looking forward to RT @bett_show: #BETTChat in 5 mins! Join us then to discuss the potential of handheld/portable devices in the classroom

@iansyst iansyst

Accessibility helps all: handheld devices enable SEN pupils to access preferred technologies they are used to using at home #BETTChat

@iansyst iansyst

As a result, handheld devices could potentially be of benefit to all pupils in the classroom #BETTChat

@CapitaSIMS Capita SIMS

Are any of the schools following today’s #BETTChat using handheld devices in school or enabling youngsters to use their own?

@Groupcall Groupcall

RT @capitasims: Are any of the schools following today’s #BETTChat using handheld devices in school or enabling youngsters to use their own?

@SarahMarksPR Sarah Marks

Had interesting chat with some students yesterday – most believed handheld devices would be the next big thing in the classroom. #BETTChat

@iansyst iansyst

@SarahMarksPR Suppliers must look to create software that is accessible across all platforms to address the increasing popularity #BETTChat

@EspressoEd Espresso Education

#BETTChat Using handhelds tends to be a good extension of more traditional learning activities – we’ve had some great podcasting examples

@iansyst iansyst

By incorporating assistive technology into the iOS system, Apple has given AT providers a range of tools to build on #BETTChat

@Groupcall Groupcall

What specific problems/needs will using handheld devices in schools address? #BETTChat

@ParentMail ParentMail

Handheld devices have great potential outside the classroom too. Management can benefit from working on the move around school #BETTChat

@DRescigno Don Rescigno

@iansyst @SarahMarksPR Developing for all platforms is the trickiest part–they are constantly changing and operate differently. #BETTchat

@GLI_Simon Simon Calderbank

@Groupcall will they not get the attention of the child – information direct to the learner, inside and outside the classroom #BETTChat

@iansyst iansyst

@DRescigno It is and something we are trying to address with our latest project, MyDocStore http://bit.ly/tQF0c7 #BETTChat

@BETT_show BETT

We’re talking right now about the use of handhelds – get involved and let us know what you think by using/following the hashtag #BETTChat

@niraj5hah Niraj Shah

Appetite for handhelds in education is to do with 1)accessibility/reach 2)bringing content to life – this is what we are hearing #BETTchat

@iansyst iansyst

@niraj5hahAccessibility and usability go hand in hand and improvements for those with disabilities can assist all in the classroom #BETTChat

@ClickView DannyDanny Smith

#BETTChat With ClickView 2 we will be launching iPad / iPhone Player app – we felt this would be vital with emergence of handheld devices.

@CapitaSIMS Capita SIMS

Are any schools writing their own Apps? I know @ChickenSaltash wrote a timetable app for students to complete #BETTChat

@Limitless_Ltd Limitless Learning

Any thoughts on which ages most benefit from handheld devices in class? #BETTChat

@niraj5hah Niraj Shah

@Limitless_Ltd interested if anyone’s done a study on that – I know of toddlers who are learning to use tablets at nursery.. #BETTchat

@Limitless_Ltd Limitless Learning

@niraj5hah There’s a lot of talk about early years usage and benefits for certain special needs, but less for older children. #BETTChat

@niraj5hah Niraj Shah

@Limitless_Ltd secondary schools are looking into it too, esp the reach aspect – such a new field its hard to know actual benefits #BETTChat

@EleanorJohnson5 Eleanor Johnson

@Limitless_Ltd I would be very interested to find out more about EY use and benefits, can you pass on more info please. #BETTChat

@Limitless_Ltd Limitless Learning

@eleanorjohnson5 There are many small, anecdotal reports – some we’ve Tweeted. Not aware of any wide-scale research yet. #BETTChat

@Mysta_K MisterK

@Turner_Tweets hi… Teachers are following too. #BETTChat

@Mysta_K MisterK

@Limitless_Ltd I think it’s getting younger, my daughter 10 now, moves between my smartphone, iPad and laptop with no hesitation #BETTChat

@Mysta_K MisterK

I think schools are quite fearful of misuse/abuse using handhelds, esp students own, which is what is slowing integration #BETTChat

@niraj5hah Niraj Shah

@Mysta_K great point – moderation in schools is a huge issue – immediate opportunities seem to be in non-academic education. #BETTChat

@Teaching_LMP LittleMissPip

@mysta_k I agree. Not sure how to tell someone off for using a phone one minute and then ask them to get them to use it the next #BETTChat

@Mysta_K MisterK

Chatting 2 a colleague in the states using twitter during lessons to gain feedback and dialogue with students…and out of school #BETTChat

@Teaching_LMP LittleMissPip

@mysta_k I’m still torn. I see the benefits – but think the boundaries are still too blurred #BETTChat

@Mysta_K MisterK

@Teaching_LMP same here! The issues regarding eSafety become more pronounced when students are given more access with handhelds #BETTChat

@Teaching_LMP LittleMissPip

@mysta_k Very good point – I hadn’t even got that far with my thinking! #BETTChat

@Mysta_K MisterK

Laptop, android tablet or iPad for the class room? Aim: to have whole class interaction. We’re deciding on what replace ours with #BETTChat

@Mysta_K MisterK

@Teaching_LMP we’ve recently changed our mobile phone policy to promote positive and safe usage at school, results have been good #BETTChat

@Mysta_K MisterK

@Teaching_LMP we were all so worried, but felt we had to adapt. V encouraging. Having said that, not checked YouTube yet lol #BETTChat

@lewis892 Lewis Hall

#BETTChat We have given iPods to all our Year 7s and they have already downloaded 5,938 apps, 142 Books and sent 9,343 emails!!

@lewis892 Lewis Hall

#BETTChat @CapitaSIMS We have wrote our own Web App that shows the students their attendance, timetable and their grades from SIMS

@lewis892Lewis Hall

#BETTChat Handheld devices are great for instant access to the web, quiz using eClicker, fantastic communication between students and staff.

@Mysta_K MisterK

From across the pond #BETTChat https://twitter.com/teachnewark/status/144138939933003776

@TheMessyBus The Messy Bus

#BETTChat if we are preparing children for the future they need to use this technology. The office of tomorrow. Engage across the subjects.

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Facebook is good, Facebook is bad – should Facebook be banned in schools?

Dan Roberts, Deputy Headteacher at Saltash.net Community School in Cornwall, provides an insight into the use of social media in schools.

Sir Ken Robinson said recently ‘that the advances in technology are opening up a complete new set of possibilities for education.’ I completely agree with this statement. One of these new possibilities is the use of social networking in schools. Some schools are actively embracing this technology while others are banning and blocking it – it is very much a current debate facing education around the world. I attempt to unpack some of this in this blog post.

First of all here is a satirical look on the hot debate, I apologise now for the quality of the rap:

The latest negative media release about Facebook appeared in newspapers last month claiming one in three teachers within the UK have been victim to online bullying through social media such as Facebook and Twitter. You can read the full article here:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2026450/One-teachers-bullied-online-parents-pupils.html 

This is obviously a serious potential issue but perhaps if we educate our children and their parents in the acceptable use of this media it would minimize this type of misuse.

We have used Facebook in our school for some time now; we are experiencing more of a positive impact than a negative one. This is what our students say about using social networking in school:

“Enhances our learning”

“Makes learning more interesting and fun”

“Learning skills to prepare for our future”

“Free, quick and simple to use”

“Accessible in school, at home, anytime & anywhere”

“They can be used in any subject”

“Help connect school to home – our parents and teachers can talk”

In the last year I have seen Facebook used effectively in school in the following ways: as part of the main learning activity of the lesson, for groups of students to collaborate on learning projects across different subjects, to raise money for charity, for teachers to share good practice and plan together, to connect and communicate to parents and the community and even live streaming revision lessons when the students were on study leave.

As a school we have openly been using social networking as a way of making a marked contribution to the quality of the learning that takes place inside and outside the classroom. To do this though schools must invest time and support in educating children, teachers and parents how to use these tools responsibly and safely then trust them to do so. This article featuring Professor Stephen Heppell and myself highlights this argument:

http://www.tes.co.uk/article.aspx?storycode=6068079 

If you are looking for more classroom based research in to how to help implement social networking within your school then check out this free publication titled ‘Facebook as a Tool for Improving Student Outcomes’. It has been produced by Cornwall College and Cornwall Learning on behalf of the Learning and Skills Improvement Service (LSIS) for the Improving Teaching and Learning through Technology Project, my school features as the fourth case study; it can be viewed and downloaded here:

http://www.slideshare.net/rscsw/facing-up-to-facebook-issues-for-the-uses-of-facebook-with-1619-year-old-learnersa-research-based-exploration

A new website that will be going live from the 17th September 2011 aimed at young people, teachers, Headteachers and Governors into helping them open up, unblock, and unfilter in their schools will aim to provide free support and guidance in doing this. You can visit and register for free at http://www.unblockedu.com.

The education system faces irrelevance unless we bridge the gap with the use of social networking.  Students are more aware of the world and eager to embrace new ideas and try new technologies and it is our obligation to the generation of children in education and those about to enter it to ensure they have the opportunities to learn in this type of way.

Dan Roberts is Deputy Headteacher at Saltash.net Community School in Cornwall, and a regular attendee of BETT. You can follow him on Twitter @chickensaltash or check out his blog: http://chickensaltash.edublogs.org.

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