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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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Exhibitor sneak peeks

With BETT just a few weeks away, you might be wondering what you can see, touch or try? With more than 650 exhibitors, whatever your interests, there will be exhibitors that will enthuse and inspire you. Over the next few weeks, we will be sharing with you what a selection of these exhibitors have in store.

With the buzz around social media in society and education today, SmileyTalk on stand SW47 is a new, safe social networking website designed specifically for use in the classroom. SmileyTalk aims to encourage cultural awareness and an interest in languages among primary school pupils through a stock of pre-translated phrases in 13 languages which allow them to communicate with their peers worldwide. The ‘walled garden’ website does not allow any free typing, eliminating the risks of cyber bullying and grooming that are associated with open networking site. Instead, children pick questions and answers from a range of different topics which can be added to by their teacher as more subjects are covered in the classroom.

Looking for a way to engage students in mathematics? Easimaths from RM on stand D60 is a new interactive online software package that is designed to encourage pupils to grasp key mathematical concepts without realising that they are doing it. Colourful characters, games and puzzles guide pupils through the maths National Curriculum from Levels 1 to 5 in a range of carefully structured, easy to use activities that enable students to progress at their own pace. Accessible via the internet, Easimaths allows pupils to try harder activities in the privacy of their own home, something they might not feel confident to do at school, with support materials on hand for when things get tricky.

Revision outside of the classroom has always been hard to crack as a universal process. On stand U29, visitors can find GCSEPod, an accessible learning and revision product for mobile technologies. Written by teachers and relevant to all six main UK examination boards, the audio visual material has been designed to support Year 10 and 11 students’ learning outside of the classroom, making revision more appealing and accessible to accelerate the revision process and boost exam success rates. Available via school subscriptions or to students directly, GCSEPod offers a cost effective learning resource that requires no additional hardware investment; schools stream material onto school computers, which students can then download on to their personal handheld devices or access via the school system if preferred.

On stand S57, from Serious Games interactive comes the online, interactive 3D adventure game series ‘Playing History’. Offering a new way to access history, it utilises the game media to teach pupils about important events and periods in world history. The idea behind the series is to focus on the little story that is part of the big one: to experience the role of the individual and its challenges in world history and the living conditions in different historical periods. The game series combines a colourful and humorous visual style with an engaging narrative to motivate players to keep playing and complete mini-games during the course of the game, whether learning about the Plague in 14th century Florence, or experiencing life as a slave in the 18th century.

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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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