|Posted on 27 November, 2012 at 2:55|
Implementing social networking sites into the classroom is as critical as it is to implement them to support whole school initiatives. Our school is currently in the process of revamping all of its promotional material including its website, and after many years, many key members of our school have realised the importance of keeping this crucial instruments up-to-date and modernised. Many teachers who would easily be classed as a digital alien are now seeking assistance in how to use Facebook and twitter (a digital alien is someone who was not raised with technology - they are typically aged over 40 years). They see the necessity of keeping their students up to date with class movements and information that will benefit their learning. Groups within our school are now opting for their own Facebook page. Today, we have 4 Facebook pages - each which support their overall goals and purpose. This number will significantly increase in 2013. Interestingly, all of the teachers who coordinate these groups are all digital aliens.
This is supporting my theories that social networking sites should be used in education - whether it be for teaching and learning purposes or for promotional reasons. All schools should consider using these sites as their audience - students and parents already use these technologies, therefore disseminating information to them is quick and simple.
The facebook page that I currently manage is www.facebook.com/rootyhillhs. Please feel free to look at it and use it as a model for your school.