This is the presentation I gave at the Research in Practice annual meeting about Professionalising the use of social media. It was a great morning and I met some amazing people who are really interested in using social media.
At school I am running an app design project for my year 7 students. Unlike many lessons they have experienced in their previous school life, there is very little teaching from the teacher, I am mostly there as a facilitator. I am of course there to help when necessary but my aim is to get students learning more independently. They must teach themselves using videos I have produced for them.
You can watch the videos below:
On July 9th I ran a webinar for Innovate My School called “How your school can maximise its online potential”.
Below is the presentation I used for this webinar:
(UPDATE: 11th July 2014)
Over the last couple of months I have been working on updating my Computing curriculum ready for release this month. This is the 3rd version and I have tried to do something slightly different with it.
Several months ago Tristan Kirkpatrick, a newly qualified Computing teacher (@) got in touch with me and asked if I was interested in making the curriculum open source. I jumped at the chance. Tristan began building a new website to enable the curriculum to be shared. All his hard work has resulted in something really exciting.
So…how does it work?
- Head to www.ictcomputing.org
- Download the Computing curriculum / template (Google Template)
- Use it in anyway you like
- If you make any changes (remixes), send it back to us by sharing the document with email@example.com. Your version of the curriculum will then be available for others to download
- Best of all is that it is free for everyone!
Head over to www.ictcomputing.org now!
A PDF version of the curriculum is available from the link below:
On Wednesday 18th I spoke at the excellent EdExec Live 2014 about using social media in education. You can view and download my presentation below.
On 15th October 2014 Optimus Education are holding another one of their amazing Computing conferences.
The conference is called “Deliver and Assess Outstanding Progress in Secondary Computing“, click the link to go to the website.
I spoke at last years event and it was a fantastic day with some great speakers.
If you would like to attend this year, Optimus Education have kindly offered a 20% discount to the readers of my blog.
The promo code is ‘Britland‘.
The flyer for the event is embedded below, you can also download it from HERE.
My presentation from last year is below, it is entitled ‘A Guide to Creating a Creative Computing Lesson that Engages Students‘.
On June 18th I will be speaking at EdExec live about social media. My talk is entitled “Getting Savvy With Social Media”.
To help promote my talk I wrote a short blog post on social media, giving a taste of what my talk will be about. You can have a read below.
Using social media is a scary prospect for many schools and teachers. There are a lot of schools who don’t fully understand social media and what a powerful tool it can be for teaching and learning as well as for marketing. It’s hard to relate to social media if you don’t use it yourself which is why it’s so important to have an expert in your school. This expert can help train members of staff, write an expectable use policy as well as mange and lead you social media strategy.
There are a number of options when considering social media, which include Facebook, Google+, YouTube and Pinterest, but my personal favourite would be Twitter. It’s easy to understand and manage; it’s uncomplicated and gives short bursts of teaching and learning as well as marketing.
Using social media enables schools to broadcast information including achievements, open days, school trips, sporting results and anything else that promotes the school in a positive way. This is fantastic not only for current students and parents but for prospective parents too.
Teaching and learning can also benefit greatly from the use of social media. Having used Twitter and Facebook for these purposes I’ve really been able to see the value of it. Not only is this great for students and teachers but it shows current and prospective parents the impressive things that departments are doing.
When using social media, schools need to be aware of some of the pitfalls. Common mistakes are tweeting from a work account instead of a personal account by mistake, posting images of students whose parent have requested not to be photographed, spelling mistakes, sharing links to articles that have not been checked and sharing incorrect information.
Matt Britland is director of ICT at The Lady Eleanor Holles School. He’s also an ed tech consultant, an avid tweeter and blogs for the Guardian. If you want to learn more about social media, don’t miss Matt’s seminar at EdExec LIVE 2014.