#mspiluk2011 Who’s afraid of the big bad network?

Dan Roberts @chickensaltash

The saltsh.net journey to introduce background.

‘The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing and the main thing is learning.’
Steven Covey – The Seve Habits of Highly Effective People

Pupils encouraged to bring mobile phones in to use. They must ask a teacher before they use it and the staff member will ask: “what’s the impact on your learning going to be?”

‘ICT is not just a tool for learning, it’s a whole ne way of learning.’

Results and behaviour improved with the development of the use of tech in the school.


Do social networking sites lead to bullying and put young people in danger?
Cue MC @chickensaltash on the mic!
Should facebook be banned in school?

Facebook is used in saltash.net to connect with parents; with groups in lessons; with subject classes; and to create fake facebook profiles for different aspects of learning.  

But why use facebook? You could just do this on paper? Students responded, well yes, but it’s more engaging and we love using ICT.

Social networking in school, children’s responses:
Enhances our learning, makes learning more interesting, learning skills to prepare our future, free, quick and simple to use, accessible at home anytime, anywhere…

Collapsed curriculum day. Children to create a product/idea for product to pitch ‘dragon’s den stylee’ to members of a panel to judge. Had to have a low impact on environment. One boy suggested an ebook and the group researched how to make one. They also charged £2 for it and have made money from creating an ebook about using facebook in schools. Money donated to charity.

Power of social networking is doing some good and raising money for charity!

Discussion about good practice and potential dangers with social networking in schools. 
From the crowd: 

  • Not many positive examples of facebook being used by children in schools. Management too difficult. 
  • Uphill struggle to turn views of social networking sites like facebook around (with staff and parents).
  • Teaching children to swim and not to drown without going into a swimming pool. We are responsible for teaching safe/effective/responsible use of these sites as children are using and interacting with them in their lives. 
  • Schools often suppress facebook and similar sites. What are the 3 things you would say to turn this around? 1. It’s about responsible use by students and the school itself. It gives positive outcomes (exclusions have dropped, chllenging and supportive for range of abilities). 2. Why not use it for parental engagement? Encouraging parents to get involved (web 2.0). 3. Haven’t we got an obligation to our students now, to actuall teach/model responsible use?
  • Managing media – no longer just TV, radio, newspapers…now facebook.
  • Apply the same model of healthy schools for facebook. We are assuming that families alone are not able to ensure their children are eating healthily so we intervene. Should the same be true for social networking?
  • We should support families understanding of responsibile use and educate them at the same time. 

A very interesting discussion with lots of opinions shared!

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