Social Media…in Education

As always, Microsoft education team like to share some of the great projects our partners have developed. In a fast growing internet world, what actions can teachers take to ensure their students stay safe whilst learning?

We asked Ergo Computing to share their thoughts on how to get around how students can still use social media but not expose themselves or put themselves in danger.

At a time when many teachers are made wary by reports of predators and bullies online, social media in the classroom is not the most popular proposition.

With the increasing public awareness of social media and students accessing information via Twitter and similar websites like Facebook , how does it impact in the classroom and outside of school? There are a number of dangers and control elements associated with free access to these kinds of sites, especially when they offer similar tools to a school’s chosen VLE which costs thousands of pounds.

Think U Know is  is packed full of information on e-safety in the classroom environment and has online games which educate students from a very young age about the dangers of the World Wide Web.

In connection with this,  Think You Know have developed some easy and memorable students tips  that can be shared with your students  as well as downloading Hectors safety button, an animated character that sits on the students’ desktop. If they ever feel threatened or unsafe when using their computer they can click on it to blank their screen.

Nobody would dispute that the risks of children using social media are real and not to be taken lightly. But there are also dangers offline. The teachers and parents who embrace social media say the best way to keep kids safe, online or offline, is to teach them. We’re eager to hear what you think.

Ergo Computing’s experienced Education Team are looking forward to meeting both teachers and students at BETT 2012 on Stand H29 to discuss the ever increasing issue of social media, but also the decision on what ICT to implement in schools, as it has a significant bearing on the way teachers teach, and where and how students learn.

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