I've been trying to come up with a presentation for our post 16 students all based on their digital footprint. What they are broadcasting, what it says about them, and how to produce a more positive footprint online. We've had a couple of incidences recently where pupils have posted things online that grabbed our attention. They were victims of 'You should follow...' on twitter.
I've found a couple of youtube videos into a prezi. I've been on facebook, flickr, bebo, myspace and foursquare to grab some screen shots of the silly things people post online. Unfortunately, I think it still needs something to get the impact I am after.
Happily for me, @AlistairThom's google fu was low today, and he asked his followers on twitter to locate a BBC video he had seen before. My google fu is obviously quite high today; I found it for him...
@IrritableTech Thats it!! Great vid. Jaws dropping last time I showed it. 2nd time you've got me out of a pickle on twitter! Thank you sir!
— Alistair Thom (@AlistairThom) March 7, 2012
Excellent. That's the type of reaction I need for my presentation.
And so the twitter karma goes round again...
A number of staff members at school are asking about twitter. Typically I have shyed away from social networking and media for official school use. Bit of a minefield I've always thought.
I can see some advantages to using twitter. Another free method of contacting pupils, parents and the wider community. Snow days when the phones and website creek under the pressure is just one example, but regular snippets of news reminding people of all the good work we do would be handy I guess.
However I can also see some negatives. A communication system that school have no control over, over thirteen's only and encouraging another platform for cyber-bullying to name but a few.
In my research I've come across various thoughts and snippets of advice on the internet, and thought someone else might find it useful if I wrote it down.
IrritableTech is an educational ICT support specialist. Dealing with daily irritations of technology but somehow getting it to work; until it breaks. Passionate about using technology to improve teaching and learning, whilst keeping in mind eSafety, data security and our digital footprints.
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