Education

Your digital footprint. Or is it yours?

This is a guest post by the @digitalsisters who are Emma and Charlotte Robertson, founders of Digital Awareness UK. I first met Emma and Charlotte at BETT 2015 and I was really impressed with their approach to e-safety. I asked them to contribute to my blog and they kindly agreed.

When we deliver our Employable Digital Footprint Programme in schools, we challenge students to think about what they would like people to find when they “Google” them. And not just any people – potential employers, teachers or Universities they might want to apply to attend.

One of our favorite classroom debates questions “should you be judged by a future potential employer based on something silly you posted 10 years ago?”

We like it because usually the ‘no’ argument leans towards people believing in freedom of expression – whether that’s in relation to politics, religion, your music taste or even your ex-girlfriend! The very purpose of social media, especially for young people, is that it’s a platform for them to reveal their identity and voice their opinion. If political correctness and clean imagery were a key requirement for social networking it probably wouldn’t last long!

The ‘yes’ argument usually leans towards the opinion that if you choose to post a silly picture of yourself or even a racist comment, which could offend people, you have to expect that people will judge you for it moving forwards.

Your digital footprint is the trail of information you leave behind you when you do anything online – the things you buy, the keywords you search for, the comments you make on Facebook or your profile picture on Twitter. Michelle Clark has done a fantastic TED Talk on digital footprints and the impact they have on young people today:

As time passes, we’re slowly starting to discover that not only do these behavours get sold onto third party marketing companies; they can also be used as a character reference.

Research by ExecuNet showed that 77% of recruiters said they used search engines to find background data on candidates and 33% admitted they eliminated a candidate because of what they found online. This is where things get interesting. If you “Googled” a candidate and found this picture, would you consider hiring them?

Sellotape Selfie

So whether students like it or not, when it comes to the crunch they may get judged based on something they’ve done 10 years ago.

However, there are also many plus sides to having a digital footprint. You can purposefully create things online to ensure that when employers or Universities do Google you, they find something that showcases you in a more positive light. This could be a careers blog, an infographic CV or well-populated LinkedIn profile.

Once students have done a clean up of their digital footprint (if that’s what they wish to do)! We focus on the positive side, and brainstorm creative ways to get yourself noticed online.

There are five simple steps you can take to helping to protect your digital footprint and this is something we hammer home to our students:

1. Check the security settings on all your social network profiles to ensure the content you’re posting is as secure as you want it to be
2. Use nick names if you don’t want to use your real identity
3. Delete old, disused social profiles such as Bebo, which may contain content that doesn’t reflect you in a positive light
4. ‘Report’ any content of you that you wish to be deleted to social networks. Or work with Google/the webmaster of any website you feature in to get it deleted. Click here [hyperlink: https://support.google.com/websearch/answer/4628134?hl=en%5D to find out how
5. Moving forward, think before you post!

Digital Awareness UK use leading YouTube stars, hackers and social media specialists to inspire students to enjoy using social media safely. If you’d like to work with them to help bolster your e-safety efforts, get in touch with Emma and Charlotte at http://www.digitalawarenessuk.com or tweet @DigitalSisters

Cyber Safety: Social Media, Cyberbullying and Sexting (Year 10 Presentation)

This is a copy of a presentation I gave to Year 10 students on Cyber Safety. It covers social media, cyberbullying and sexting. Although this is heavy going I think it is still important when talking about this subject matter that you also talk about how positive social media can be, when used appropriately.

 

Freaked Out by Simon Pridham (Mini Review)

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Freaked Out by Simon Pridham

 

Freaked Out is a fantastic book full of useful information and guidance on how to use the iPad to support teaching and learning. It starts off with the very basics and builds momentum from there. Simon recommends apps and ways in which they can be used as well as suggesting useful websites that the reader can use to learn even more about digital technology.

The books goes into detail about pedagogy as well as how using digital leaders can play a role in the in a successful iPad programme.  It’s jam packed full of tips and I would certainly recommend it to anyone looking into using iPads in education. Even if you have already started your journey you could learn a lot.

Towards the back of the book Simon goes in to detail about some of the important factors often forgotten by some schools , such as infrastructure, security, MDM, social media and e-safety.

You can pick the book up from Amazon, the link is below:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Freaked-Out-Bewildered-Teachers-Learning/dp/1781351058

 

 

 

 

Matt Britland: Experience and Portfolio

Director of Realise Learning and Director of ICT at The Lady Eleanor Holles School

Previously:

  • Head of ICT at Kingston Grammar School
  • Deputy Head of ICT at Cleeve School

Recent Work:

Client: Bett 2015

Bett Stories

Client: Bett 2015

(Speaking Engagement) Speaking about social media on Wednesday and Friday of Bett 2015.

Client: BETT 2015

Judge for BETT Futures 2015

Client: Barclays / Hopscotch Consulting

(Writing / Lessons and Workshop Resources) Barclays Life Skills: Digital Citizenship Lesson Plans, Workshops and Resources

Client: Education Executive Magazine

(Writing) Google: More Than Just a Search Engine

Client: Research in Practice

(Speaking Engagement) Professionalising The Use Of Social Media

Client: Bett 2015

(Promotion) Promotional material for Bett 2015 – Photos coming soon

Client: Innovate My School

(Webinar) How your school can maximise its online potential: July 2014

Client: Matt Britland & Tristan Kirkpatrick

www.ictcomputing.org – Open Source KS3 Computing Curriculum: July 2014

Client: Education Executive: EdExec Live 2014

(Speaking engagement) – Getting Savvy with Social Media: June 2014

Client: Osiris Educational 

Secondary iPad Training Course –  CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO: March 2014

Client: St Pauls School (London)

(Parent Presentation) Young People and Technology – February 2014

Client: The Guardian

The future of online learning: challenges, opportunities and creativity: Round Table Discussion  – January 2014

Client: BETT 2014

“Fall in ‘like’ with tweeting: How social media can revolutionise the way you plan lessons and teach” – 24th January 2014

Client: St Pauls School (London)

(Staff Inset) Young People and Technology – January 2014

Client: Zurich

Zurich’s Future, History, Now – Speaking engagement – CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO: 28th November 2013

Client: Government Knowledge

How to Deliver and Effective Computing Curriculum – CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO: 12th November

Effective use of Tablets in the Classroom: 12th November

Developing an Effective E-Safety Policy: 12th November

Client: Optimus Education

Design and Deliver an Outstanding Secondary Computing Curriculum – CLICK HERE FOR THE FLYER: 15th October 2013

Client: The Guardian

(Writing) Do Teachers Need to be Qualified?

Client: The Guardian

(Interview) 10 Minutes with a Head of ICT

Client: PropellerTV

Television interview by Matt Britland about educational technology – Broadcast 5th August 2013.

Client: Optimus Education

Webinar: ‘5 Top Tips to Safely and Effectively Utilise Social Media as a Tool to Support Learning

Client: TheSunday Times Festival of Education 2013

Panelists discuss the best ways to engage students through technology in the classroom.

Client: The Guardian

(Writing) What is the Future of Technology in Education?

Client: Westminster Briefing

Speaking Engagement – Computer Science in the Curriculum: Delivering Innovative Provision in Schools & Colleges (London) – Download my presentation (5th March 2013)

Client: Science Learning Centre, Institute of Education, University of London

4 Day CPD for the New Computing Curriculum

Client: Millfield School

ICT, Computing and iPad consultancy

“Thank you for an excellent, well focused inset on the integration of iPADs into ICT teaching in particular and the curriculum more generally.  The presentation and demonstrations inspired confidence in the classroom use of iPADs and helped reassure staff as we go 1:1 in September.  It was good to get an insight into cutting edge use of Apps and to swap ideas with a consultant who has current day to day experience as a Head of Department.”

Nick Williams, Head of Business, Computing and ICT: Millfield School

Client: The Guardian

(Writing) There is Room For Both Computing and ICT

Client: The Guardian

(Writing) Being an Outstanding Teacher

Client: The Guardian

(Writing) Social Media for Schools: a guide to Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest

Client: The Guardian

(Writing) Is It Time to Rebrand ICT?

Client: The Guardian

(Writing) The Power of Twitter

Client: The Guardian

(Writing) How much will digital text books shake up education

Client: The Guardian

(Writing) Is Gove Washing His Hands of ICT

Writing:

Writers and teacher advisor for the Guardian Teacher Network.

Matt Britland

Top 10 Blogs of the Year – Guardian Teacher Network

Disney

Club Penguins Guide to the Wonderful World of the Web

E-Safety Advisor Newsletter

Introduction to Social Media in Education

E-Learning Update

Touchscreen Tablets – How are these being used in Primary and Secondary Schools

Curriculum:

Recent KS3 ICT/Computing Curriculum

Mr Britland’s Open Source Computing Curriculum

Mr Britland’s Computing Curriculum

Mr Britland’s ICT Curriculum: Projects for student in Year 7-9 V1.1

iPad:

Implementing the use of iPads into school

iPad in Education Trial 2012-2013: Report, Evaluation and Data

Launch to HoDs

Launch to All Staff

E-Safety:

CEOP Ambassador

Introduction to Social Media in Education

Experienced in delivering E-Safety to parents 

Teaching Students about Facebook privacy settings

Social Media

Using Facebook Groups in School: A Brief Report/Evaluation

Experienced in using social media in education.

Training Resources:

Appshed Tutorial – Quiz: Programming

AppShed Tutorial – App Creation

Office Training

Photoshop Tutorials

Kodu Tutorials

iPad Tutorials

Professionalising The Use Of Social Media: Research in Practice (Presentation)

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.

(Updated) App Creation – Programming with Appshed: Quiz Builder (Tutorial Videos)

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:

The Classroom of 2018: Video (Speaking)

Back at the end of November 2013, I took part in a series of talks organised and sponsored by Zurich called ‘Future History Now’.

My talk was entitled the ‘Classroom of 2018’. The talk has now been published and you can watch it below.

In my talk I mention the need for decisions about technology that affect teaching and learning being made by a teacher, the Director of ICT for instance and not just by an IT manager. Although I didn’t say it in this talk, I want to make it clear how important IT managers / network managers are in schools. They have the technical knowledge to make things happen. I realise I may cause offence to some but that was not my intention.

I also did an interview entitled ‘What will the classroom of 2018 look like’. You can read my interview by clicking on the link below and going to page 43.

‘What will the classroom of 2018 look like’

Emerging Technologies And Devices In Education

Last year I wrote an article for the Guardian on the future of technology in education. This article focused on ‘The Cloud’ and its impact on education, whilst only briefly mentioning devices. As its now 2014, I thought it would useful to revisit this subject and take a look at some things to look out for and how they can be used to support teaching and learning over the coming years.

Tablets

Schools are taking tablets very seriously at the moment and many are investing in new devices. Apple has a bit of a strangle hold in education with its iPad but with an influx of cheaper tablets more and more schools may opt for Android devices like the Tesco Hudl. Microsoft are trying to get involved with its new Surface 2, so 2014 or 2015 may see Apple losing its grip. For me, the iPad is my prefered device but it is expensive and schools need to decide how tablets will be used to support teaching and learning before they splash out. From a personal point of view Apple need to make some improvement in order to keep ahead. Not all schools want to go 1:1 and there needs to be far better ways to manage devices used across the school. Multiple profiles on devices would be fantastic as would true multitasking with apps working side by side, some operating systems are already offering this. Apple and other providers need to start talking to schools if they want us to invest money in their devices. Tablets are not always suitable for some needs, Google Chromebooks are making headway in schools as many are looking at adopting Google Apps, which is free for education use.

Wearable Technology

Wearable tech is all the rage at the moment, especially smart watches. Samsung and Sony are both getting in on the action and lets not forget the Kickstarter funded Pebble watch. Apple are also rumoured to be getting in on the action this year with their iWatch. These devices are a great way for students and teachers to be connected to their smartphones. Emails, texts, reminders about homework/assignments/lesson plans or even notifications from their social networks could all be useful in a education environment. The usefulness of these devices will all depend on how productively students and teachers are using their smartphones. The next big device in wearables is of course, Google Glass, although it has a vival on its way called iOptik which looks like an exciting product. These sorts of devices could be used to easily film and share lessons, searching the internet whilst doing something at the same time, easily taking photos/videos, using augmented reality to interact with the environment inside or outside of school or pushing resources to students devices, among other things. Students could watch educational videos anywhere and without the need of a tablet or computer. There are a lot of possibilities but will students and teachers be willing to use these sorts of glasses?  Privacy is a concern, as is the problem with monitoring such devices not to mention the cost.

Virtual Reality (VR)

When people think of Virtual Reality (VR) they envision The Lawnmower Man and the 90’s. However, with the advent of products like ‘Oculus Rift’ people are really beginning to see the possibility of a product that actually work as intended. Originally designed for video games, it won’t be too long before it is adopted by others, especially when you look at the current trend of ‘gamification’. VR could bring a fantastic immersive experience into the classroom in all subjects. I love the idea of students exploring environments or historical moments in time without leaving the classroom all the time feeling like they are actually there. Combine this with motion sensors like Kinect 2.0 and you have something really special. Could VR be used by absent students or distance learning students so that they can a virtual presence in the classroom? Its sounds like something from a science fiction film but this is certainly something I would love to see. Imagine all the people that would benefit from this technology. This will not replace a traditional classroom, simply extend upon it.

Motions Sensor Devices

Another piece of gaming technology that has exciting possibilities are motion sensors like the Kinect 2.0 that comes with the new Xbox One or a stand alone device like Leap Motion. I love the idea of students and teachers being able to augment and control what they see on the board or screen. This could be 3D models of the human body all the way control to basic controls of on screen presentations. Think about how Kinect 2.0 could be used in design and technology. You only have to look at this video of Kinect and Oculus Rift from NASA to get excited about the possibilities, a powerful educational tool indeed when combine with VR. Doctors are already using it during surgery and its just a matter of time before it start to be used more in schools. Some educators are using Kinect with applications like scratch to make interactive games, whilst teaching young people how to code. With this new technology, the sensors are so powerful they can work out the heart rate of an individual or the pressure exerted on parts the body. PE, Games or Science anyone? This is another example of the gaming world crossing over into education.