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#BETTChat archive 29th November 2011

(All these tweets took place between 4pm and 5pm (GMT) on Tuesday 29th November 2011)

@BETT_show BETT

Hello and welcome to this week’s #BETTChat. Safer internet use: how can educators protect their professional identity and use social media?

@russellprue Russell Prue

Important subject today on #BETTChat E-Safety and Online Reputation, vital safeguarding for professionals, how do you get protection?

@Groupcall Groupcall

Check your privacy settings and stay in the know of all networking technologies #BETTChat

@russellprue Russell Prue

Firstly Social Media is culturally vital to young people, so how can educators connect with them safely #BETTChat

@russellprue Russell Prue

YR9 students from Saltash School have written an e-book for charity about Facebook Safety advice http://bit.ly/vsYMzF #BETTChat

@CapitaSIMS Capita SIMS

Do young people want educators to ‘connect’ with them in social media? Perhaps they have two accounts for things like Facebook #BETTChat

@russellprue Russell Prue

Our last BETT Radio show came for the UK Safer Internet Centre they offer FREE advice to teachers about Facebook issues on the Tel #BETTchat

@Mailfinder D Williams

I have just had a chat with a school about using student email addresses and how they setup students on their system safely. #BETTChat

@russellprue Russell Prue

@Mailfinder Do share that with the group today #BETTchat

@WhizzProf The Whizz Prof

@CapitaSIMS It’s dependent on the platform – FB might not be appropriate but a homework help forum, e.g, needs educators input #BETTchat

@Mailfinder D Williams

So as @CapitaSIMS suggest perhaps they could setup a second facebook/myspace account with the new email address. #BETTChat

@WhizzProf The Whizz Prof

@Mailfinder @CapitaSIMS Absolutely – like you have a separate work and personal account, students may want this privacy also? #BETTchat

@laurahiggins_ laura higgins

Sorry I’m late joining #BETTChat. So, where are we? Ok, social media & youngsters? Consider what you are trying to achieve by using SM

@CapitaSIMS Capita SIMS

Webinar on today in America about Social Media in Schools, Communicating and Connecting with Social Media http://bit.ly/tBZPRO #BETTChat

@russellprue Russell Prue

I also know that Stephen Heppell and Juliette Heppell have been working hard to produce http://www.cloudlearn.net/ great material #BETTChat

@GLI_Simon Simon Calderbank

Juliette and Stephen Heppell have some great well established tips http://www.heppell.net/facebook_in_school #BETTchat

@Mailfinder D Williams

Another option is to set up a free bulletin board system of which there are many, but I get the feeling they aren’t a ‘trendy’. #BETTChat

@laurahiggins_ laura higgins

#POSH is a helpline for professionals re reputation and protecting professional identity online. http://www.saferinternet.org.uk/helpline #BETTChat

@russellprue Russell Prue

@laurahiggins_ what typically do you hear as problems on the helpline from educators #BETTChat

@Mailfinder D Williams

I wonder how many educators actually feel comfortable communicating with students as it is not something they grew up with. #BETTChat

@russellprue Russell Prue

#BETTChat readers might also be interested in a show I did with Juliette Heppell about this AndertonTiger.com/Podcasts about her pupils

@laurahiggins_ laura higgins

#BETTChat Always keep on top of your digital footprint, if in doubt, ask someone to help you. Better to know what’s there & deal with it!

@laurahiggins_ laura higgins

Use the same advice we give to kids. Think before you post. #BETTChat

@laurahiggins_ laura higgins

@russellprue Allsorts! Personal photos being leaked online, to pupils faking facebook pages, or making allegations about Teachers #BETTChat

@russellprue Russell Prue

Serious chats in progress about protecting professionals from dangers on online presence #BETTchat like to hear from educators too

@laurahiggins_laura higgins

@russellprue some nice calls too, how to set up safe chat rooms & forums for kids, and checking policies are robust #BETTChat

@russdev russell dyas

I follow the thought of thinking would I want this on front of the newspaper #BETTchat

@Groupcall Groupcall

Would like to hear from our followers who are teachers – How can you protect your professional identity within Social media? Join #BETTChat

@simfin  Simfin

@russellprue social media is culturally vital to people of all ages and cultures. Is an opportunity not a threat #bettchat

@IrritableTechy IrritableTechy

Interesting #bettchat My thought. If you’re not prepared to say it in front of an assembly. Don’t say it online. Protect your profession.

@laurahiggins_laura higgins

@russdev Always a good one! I have my Mum’s best friend on my FB, always makes me self edit! 🙂 #BETTChat

@frackham_edu Fraser Rackham

True, but flipside is don’t be afraid to engage! RT @laurahiggins_: Use the same advice we give to kids. Think before you post. #BETTChat

@web2what James Green

@russdev if you are not happy to photocopy your profile page and hand it out in the street then you may have an issue #BETTchat

@russellprue Russell Prue

Can we realistically avoid using C21st ICT with young people? And as a CPD tool too #BETTChat

@Mailfinder D Williams

When teaching I addressed a Year 7 and my 6th Form groups very differently, but with a shared social media that becomes tricky. #BETTChat

@laurahiggins_ laura higgins

I agree @simfin, it is an opportunity for engagement we’ve never had before. Don’t be scared of it, learn how to use it properly #BETTChat

@IrritableTechy IrritableTechy

Privacy settings are a fallacy. As @simfin tells us. A friend of a friend (fof) is someone you DO NOT KNOW! #BETTChat

@frackham_edu Fraser Rackham

@CapitaSIMS also depends on platform. Can’t do 2 identities on Google+, for example. #bettchat

@russellprue Russell Prue

@frackham_edu #BETTChat excellent point about Google+ – one for Google me thinks two identities essential requirement #BETTChat

@frackham_edu Fraser Rackham

@Groupcall has to be some responsibility taken by platforms too. Facebook is a good example of how not to do it. #bettchat

@Mailfinder D Williams

@russellprue That was the solution I came up with and only used it with VI form and we all made new pages using the school email. #BETTChat

@frackham_edu Fraser Rackham

@russellprue I know you see the irony of asking that on Twitter 🙂 #bettchat

@frackham_edu Fraser Rackham

RT @IrritableTechy: Privacy settings are a fallacy. As @simfin tells us. A friend of a friend (fof) is someone you DO NOT KNOW! #BETTChat

@russellprue Russell Prue

Are confidence levels reflective of the number of contributions from educators this afternoon #BETTChat

@ClaireAshton Claire Ashton

@IrritableTechy How does your school use SM and advise teachers on how to use it? #BETTChat

@simfin  Simfin

Antisocial media by me http://bit.ly/uWv7My #bettchat

@laurahiggins_ laura higgins

@russellprue Sadly, I think so! #BETTChat

@Mailfinder D Williams

Another thought is that teachers probably won’t want to be engaging outside school, so when would they get the time? #BETTChat

@IrritableTechy IrritableTechy

@ClaireAshton Currently a handful of staff are using twitter on a trial basis. Our policy is “in development. Love to see others #BETTChat

@Mailfinder D Williams

Not every classroom has computers and I can imagine ICT lessons getting taken over with ‘but it’s for school sir’ comments. #BETTChat

@Groupcall Groupcall

Prehaps it is @irritabletechy. The platforms seem to be continually changing too. Who knows what privacy options will evolve. #BETTChat

@BETT_show BETT

Thanks for another great #BETTChat – fantastic to see so many of you join us today. Let us know your suggestions for next week’s topic.

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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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