A couple of months ago Facebook published ‘Facebook Guide for Educators’ which I was lucky enough to contribute to. Here is a taste:
“Schools are beginning to use Facebook Groups to communicate with students. This is a very powerful tool for sharing information and collaborating with students from a safe distance. Facebook Groups do not require members to be friends with each other. Members of the Groups can exchange files, links, information, polls and videos very quickly. Anytime someone contributes to the group its member will receive a notification. If you have the Facebook smartphone app these can be pushed to your device. Facebook Pages can also be used to create a central Page for students and teachers to share information”
Head of ICT at Kingston Grammar School
This is a fantastic document for those who are thinking about using Facebook in their institution or even those who are already using it.
The document includes lots of information about how Facebook can be used, case studies, guidance on privacy settings as well as how you can introduce Facebook at your school.
You can download the guide below:
I have recently completed a trial of Facebook use in my school which you can read below:
You can also read a guide to social media in schools below:
If you would like more advice on social media or would like me to come and speak at your school, head over to Realise Learning and get in touch.
I have just finished a webinar for Optimus Education entitled ’5 Top Tips to Safely and Effectively Utilise Social Media as a Tool to Support Learning’ and I wanted to share the slides. Have a look and feel free to download if you like it.
On the 15th October I am also speaking at ‘Design and Deliver an Outstanding Secondary Computing Curriculum‘, again, for Optimus Education. It will a great day and you can sign up using the link.
If you would like a speaker at a school, conference or webinar head over to www.realiselearning.co.uk.
For the past year I have been trialing the use of Facebook groups in school, to see if they improved communication with some of our students.
I have finally written a brief report on my findings. These include surveys given to teachers and students, as well as some recommendations for next year.
Click on the link below to download the report.
You may also be interested in more of my posts on Social Networks:
This is another short clip from my presentation to parents.
You can access the Google Docs slides here.
Watch the 1st clip HERE.
Last summer, Kingston Grammar School ICT teacher Matt Britland opened up the debate about the benefits and risks of using social media in teaching and learning in an article for the Guardian Teacher Network. Here, Jisc Inform looks at how universities and colleges are tackling those issues and asks – do we really need to bother?
Read the rest here
After talking to the many students I teach, it is very clear that the majority do not seem to understand the Privacy setting on Facebook. This is obviously a massive concern, due to the sheer numbers of students across the country/world on Facebook.
I decided to remedy the situation during my year 9/3rd year project ‘Your Digital World‘.
For 15 – 20 minutes (however long it takes) at the beginning of each lesson this week, I gave students a tour of the Facebook privacy and profile settings. Some students knew some of the settings, but I would say the majority knew very little.
Students got really involved and asked plenty of questions. At the end of every lesson I have taught, they had said they were going to change the settings as soon as they got home.
I would encourage all schools to teach this information to their students and staff, if they do not already.
If you school/IT department block Facebook, ask them to unblock it for staff (students even) so they can deliver this important information. Even if it is only for the duration of the lessons.
I would love to hear from other schools doing something similar. I am particually interested in hearing from those at schools who will not unfilter Facebook, even for a lesson so that you can teach about the privacy settings.
I have been working very hard over the last few months producing my new Computing curriculum and it is finally ready.
Feel free to download and use this curriculum. If you use this booklet, its projects or ideas and would like to make a donation for its continuing development, please use the link provided. I would like to keep giving this document away for free so any donation would be amazing. Please click to be redirected to my donation page.
This is now version 2 - DOWNLOAD HERE
I have added / amended the following:
- Amended strand descriptors.
- Added a new ‘How to use this Booklet’ section
- New section on what software and websites are used, including free alternatives to paid software
- Amended ‘Visual Programming: Kodu’ (Year 7)
- ‘Computer Hardware/History’ project now called ‘How a computer works/computing history’ and now includes software. It is now taught in Year 7
- Added ‘The Web: HTML5 and CSS3’ (Year 8)
- Added ‘Networks’ (Year 8)
- Added ‘Google and Algorithms’ (Year 9)
End products have changed for the following projects:
- Stay Safe Online – Online guide using Snapguide
- Visual Programming: Kodu – Screencast using Screenr
- Your Digital World – Online presentation using slide.es
- New creative projects
- How to use an iPad to teach this curriculum
If you would like some help with creating your own resources or would like me to produce any educational publications, please visit www.realiselearning.co.uk.