A wiseman once told me that any project that is run in schools will not be ruined by the pupils but by the staff. In this blog I wanted to tell of my use of social networking sites such as twitter, facebook and the recently publicly released google+.
But I have been hampered for my own protection. It seems unless logs can be kept of any and all interactions then the powers that be will not allow it. After hearing of so many success stories of how social media is helping to transform the way in which children learn and the progress that can be made I am more than a little upset.
Would the use of social media have totally changed the way I teach? No, but it gives me a way to get Information to the pupils in a format they can easily digest using the technology they love. I wanted to use the sites to allow the pupils the opportunity to work together on tasks and projects, for the older pupils to discuss exam questions and have discussions around new topic areas and for the younger ones to get up-to-date information from the PE department on training and fixtures. This can all still happen but in a more 20th century way.
For now, I have to be content with using these amazing sites for my own benefit and hopefully provide the school with enough examples of their positive use that some professional discretion might be used.
Please leave a comment and let me know your views on social media sites in the classroom. Perhaps I can use them when I finally get to meet up with the SLT and discus social networking sites and their use in school.