Your questions answered: How can my school safely use Twitter or Facebook to support remote learning?

In this new series we answer teachers’ and school leaders’ most pressing questions about all aspects of remote learning. Got a question? Contact us!

How can social media support remote learning?

Many schools are using Twitter and/or Facebook as a support to remote learning. There are a number of benefits – parents are generally already using and used to the platforms, they enable dialogue and uploading material onto them is very easy – but there are also a number of safeguarding considerations to take into account:

Photos of work, not of children

If parents are posting pictures of their children, it is very easy for them to be identified . We recommend encouraging parents to photograph and share children’s work rather than the children themselves. Alternatively, some schools are asking parents to email them photos of their children working and then the school publishes a daily ‘showcase’ post from the school account (minus any identifying personal information).

Managing comments

The dialogue capabilities and possibilities of social media have many positives, but it can also be difficult to curate the comments coming from parents. It is important to make it clear to the whole school community what is expected of their online behaviour. Reminding the community of what’s in the school’s acceptable use policy (AUP) and agreements can be helpful here.

 If you need to review these documents there are materials available on SWGfL (on policies and agreements in general – as well as some social media checklists for parents) and on LGfL (a prompt guide in case you want to consider an addendum rather than re-write entirely)

Video content

Video as an activity prompt can be a great way to use social media for remote learning. See our Guide to Using YouTube for Remote Learning for more information.

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Upcoming CPD

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Introduction to Apple Teacher badges and Creativity with iPads
Get started with Apple Teacher badges and discover how Everyone can Create resources can improve engagement and quality of learning

Get started with Apple Teacher badges and discover how Everyone can Create resources can improve engagement and quality of learning in the classroom, whether in school, remote or blended.

- 17:00
KS1, KS2
Computing subject leaders, Headteachers...
New to subject leadership in primary computing: Session 1
New to subject leadership in primary computing: Session 1

This programme is designed for primary teachers who have recently taken on responsibilities and leadership for technology and computing. It will cover curriculum planning, tools and resources, methods for supporting colleagues and progression and assessment. Colleagues will be expected to attend all three sessions. The third session will be held in a school and will include classroom visits.

Further details for sessions 2 and 3 to follow:

Session 2: 9.30-11.30am Thursday 27 January (virtual)

Session 3: TBC (in person)

- 11:30
KS1, KS2
Computing subject leaders, Headteachers...

Upcoming Special projects

The News Project
- 14:25

Special project in collaboration with First News Education

For a third year, building on two successful previous projects, we are once again partnering with the children’s newspaper First News, fellow member of the national Making Sense of Media and News Literacy networks. This special project with a literacy, PSHE and citizenship, as well as computing focus, highlights our specialist interest in this important aspect of digital and critical literacy.

The News Project will enable participating classes from year 5 to immerse themselves in news and current affairs using First News and the Bett award-winning First News iHUB, which will be provided free of charge during the school-based part of the project over a six week period. Under the guidance of their teacher, pupils will be supported in their development as a community of fully informed news readers. Classes will test their new critical skills and knowledge in the culminating virtual celebration event which will include a news competition and team-based critical literacy and editorial activities. After the event, schools will be able to use the resources from the day in their school.

The project will launch with an introductory CPD session for teachers to set the context, demonstrate resources and to plan for the school-based activities. 

Initial CPD session - Thursday 21st October 4pm-5.00pm. 

Project work undertaken in school - October and November.

Special event - Thursday 25th November 9.30am-2.45pm.

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