Technology

Using social media as an aid to learning

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

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

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)?

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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Is technology making people less sociable?

When the question is posed – “are people becoming less sociable because of technology?” – we often conjure up an image of a child playing a video game, ignoring their parents’ shouts to come down for dinner, and failing to socialise with other kids. However, the question is a lot more complex than you may think.

There is little denying that technology has advanced rapidly over the past few years, and it is now an integral part of daily life. Technological advancements have changed the way we communicate, and whether it is for better or worse is not so straightforward.

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