Technology

Should social media have a place in our curriculum?

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Social media is here and there’s no getting away from it. While it will necessarily evolve in future years, there is little doubt that social communication online is here to stay.

The question for teachers and school leaders is how to integrate that into the curriculum and, indeed, whether it should be integrated into it at all.

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Using social media as an aid to learning

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Modern students spend a lot of time online. In particular, they spend a lot of time on social media. For some teachers, this can be frustrating, hindering their attempts to persuade pupils to engage with homework and content beyond the classroom.

Here are a few ideas you could use to get social media working for you and your class.

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Safeguarding: teacher and student interaction via social media

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The majority of schools now have in place safeguarding rules for acceptable behaviour and teacher-student interaction on social media.

These focus on the safety and security of the children but sometimes don’t cover in as much detail what teachers should do to ensure that their own online interaction (even with friends and family) does not conflict with school policies.

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Using social media to raise your school’s profile

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With the average school now managing multiple accounts, social media has probably been a key part of your school’s marketing and communication strategy for some time.

Whilst most users of social media understand how to use their chosen networks to communicate, not all schools use social media well, especially if there is no-one with relevant marketing experience available.

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What is Game-based learning (GBL)?

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Make no mistake – the game-based learning (GBL) market is doing a roaring trade. Global revenues hit $2.6 billion this year, reports the Serious Play Conference, and are expected to reach a mind-boggling $7.3 billion by 2021. Key consumers are today’s schoolchildren; the first true generation of digital natives.

Do you know your GBL from your gamification, and how to get up to speed with the latest developments?

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