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Social Media for Education Providers
Transcript of Social Media for Education Providers
What are the fears around social media in school?
Are there any "bright spots" where social media is already being used successfully? Organise & mobilise a team This team should include educators who use social media in the classroom and those who do not. Identify which teachers, administrators etc could use social media in the classroom.
Your team needs be open and transparent in all their conversations and decision making, and be clear about their shared goal. Establish a website or blog for posting notes, resources, and minutes from social media meetings Does everyone on the team share the same goal/s?
Is everyone committed to transparency?
What is your time frame for implementation? Research Your team should begin by evaluating the current rules that are already in place in your school. Many schools already have rules in place that cover 'acceptable use', so they only need to add guidelines to help crystallize learning opportunities. Because the social media landscape changes quickly, this is often the best approach.
Next, the team will want to examine the social media rules and/or guidelines from other organisations. Which rules or guidelines would make sense for you to adapt?
How can you use feedback from your community to shape your decision making? Create a social media guideline Now your team can take all the information you've gathered and create a social media guideline document. This can be a very challenging task and will need to be reviewed and tweaked constantly.
Documents such as these are essential if you are going to incorporate social media into your classes. How will you make your drafts available to the community?
How much input do you want from parents? Introduce your guideline to your community It's time to roll your guidelines out to your greater community. Every member of your team should be tasked with talking to specific groups of parents / boards etc. Take the time to educate your students, faculty, staff, parents, and community about what the document means to them. If you have been open and transparent from the beginning, this will be an easy step. How will you introduce the guidelines to your community? Will you hold meetings? Send emails?
Do any major themes emerge in your community's feedback?
What will you do if the guidelines are not well received? Review your guideline periodically Your guidelines should be a living document and should be revisited often. Social media is constantly changing. Your culture will change. Rules will change. Your team needs to look at your document at least annually to determine whether it is working and whether any adjustments need to be made. Get your community involved and have fun with it! The more engaged your community is, the better this will work! How are schools currently using social media? Tools Here are some great education specific social media tools Edublogs Edmodo Considerations Remember, you do not want to alienate students who cannot access the internet at home etc Social media guidelines are essential for integrating social media into your school Get your community together to discuss what options there are out there for you Work off facts not fads.. how many of your students do you think are online? Have fun!