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Welcome to the edusocial - a place for educators to share what works in Facebook and other social media...

to help make education more social and improve learning for all young people

Education Social

About

Who we are and what this site aims to do

Edusocial has been developed by The Education Foundation in partnership with Facebook UK

In 2013, The Education Foundation and Facebook teamed up to write the Facebook Guide for Educators to help support educators in the positive use of social media for good in schools and other education institutions.

Once the guide went live we had lots of amazing educators from across the
UK and globally contact us asking for more “hands on” information about what works in this space, how to get started using social media and to find out who else was using Facebook and other social media for learning.

So in 2014 we gathered together a fantastic team of educators from across the country to share their views and practice. In the space of 6 months we have built up a dynamic Facebook for Educators network of over 100 teachers and leaders from schools, colleges, universities and other education settings. And we don’t want to stop there…

This site is written by educators for educators and we want to thank the whole Facebook for Educators network for their input. Particular thanks go to leading teachers & social media experts Rachel Jones and Mark Anderson for their ongoing support and contribution to this new site.

The journey is 1% finished – join us now to make education more social…

Meet the team
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Ty Goddard

Founder

Co-founder of The Education Foundation. Former Director, British Council for School Environments, SchoolWorks, Chair of Education, Lambeth Council, Political advisor and national campaigns co-ordinator for Scope and NSPCC. Entrepeneur & Member of the Evening Standard Power 1000 list in London in 2012 and 2013.

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Mark Anderson

Founder

Assistant Headteacher and Director of Digital Pedagogy  at Sir Bernard Lovell School and author of Amazon No 1 best selling “Perfect ICT Every Lesson”. Known as the ICT Evangelist, Mark Anderson is an Apple Distinguished Educator who is renowned for his ability to inspire and engage through the use of technology combined with sound pedagogy.

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Rachel Jones

Founder

Head of E-learning at King Edwards VI School in Southampton is a Google Certified Teacher. Her blog was a finalist in the 2013 EduBlog awards, the UKEdChat top 100 blogs, was recognised on the Education Foundation Reformers list, and was recommended by The Guardian as a must-read for 2014.

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Ian Fordham

Founder

Co-founder of The Education Foundation. Director of the Edtech incubator. Member of the Cross government Education Technology Action Group. Former Head of Policy and Training for education and learning charities ContinYou and Education Extra; Education entrepreneur and former teacher.

Getting Started

Top tips for getting going with Facebook and social media for learning

GETTING STARTED

This is a great question – how do we get going on social media? How do we take our first steps? We know thousands of teachers and educators are already using social media including Facebook and Twitter as essential tools for communicating with each other, through Teachmeets, in sharing learning, creating and developing new resources and being social.

Here are some top tips for getting started

GETTING LEARNERS INVOLVED

We say

Download the Facebook Guide for Educators guide here

*Your students are already using social media spaces, so why not take the learning to them?

*You do not have to spend time teaching students how to use the platform as they are already familiar with it.

*In an age of budget pressures, Facebook is a free tool that connects educators and learners in a meaningful way.

*Facebook gives you the chance to have a classroom without wall, where independent learning can take place without time or space constraints.

*Facebook enables you as a teacher to contact all your students, not just those who check their email.

*Social media is an inclusive teaching tool, that promotes learning across social, gender and ethnicity divides. It allows you to interact with students in positive way to build relationships and learning communities.

GETTING LEADERS & GOVERNORS ON BOARD

Not all schools, colleges and other education institutions are as open about using social media – many use Facebook or other social media to showcase their work or to communicate with external stakeholders – but not as a tool for learning. So we advise you to get started slowly and build up the confidence of leaders within your institution

We say …

*Run trial groups in your school with teachers who have some familiarity with FaceBook and its privacy features.

*Allow teachers to set up test pages/groups and monitor how they are used with reference to the Acceptable Usage Policy.

*Have an open conversation with the leadership team of your school and in time the governing body about how to best protect our learners online. For example, might this be through banning sites, or can we offer a viable alternative be offered through education and e-safety training?

*Be prepared to share your trial results and present to Governors and the leadership team. Provide an example of how your trials have shown impact and progress to make a compelling case for change.

 

Blog

Articles and insights into how to use Facebook and other social media for learning

Facebook as a game changer

It’s becoming the case that schools are looking for more and more impact when it comes to their use of technology in the classroom. When you have an ecosystem that works on every platform, works on every device and is free; it makes sense to capitalise on the pre-existing skills that students, parents, colleagues, everyone, have in utilising this technology.

Facebook provides a safe, clear and open environment that is known by all. Research (such as that completed by Nesta for Decoding Learning: 2012) gives compelling evidence use of technology in education often fails due to a lack of training and support for teachers, “Support the teacher – to achieve the full potential of using digital technologies in learning, teachers need support and training.” With a tool so widely used by so many, leveraging the power of Facebook to work with your students, your communities and sharing your learning and your successes. Facebook makes sense.

Talking of Facebook making sense, educators are becoming ever aware of the powerful edtech framework purported by Dr Ruben Puentedura popularly referred to as the ‘SAMR’ model.

SAMR_model

 

In the SAMR model, educators looking to provide transformational learning opportunities look to create learning episodes that transform learning through significant task redesign; where the tasks created are ones which would have previously been inconceivable if it weren’t for the technology. Facebook provides us with such opportunities in spades. Whether it’s sharing work and gaining feedback from peers in the class you link with with in Finland, or being inspired by the sharing and collaboration within your own classroom, Facebook can do it all. Think too about how those pieces of work and the collaboration and sharing can be supercharged even further through tying in with other web apps such as Google Drive or Credly (a tool for awarding your students badges for positive behaviours), with this many wins – why wouldn’t you consider it?

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Facebook at Wellington College

Wellington College was one of the first schools in the UK to work with The Education Foundation team to actively use Facebook as a tool for teaching and learning in the classroom. This case study shows how one of the most innovative independent schools used social media in the context of history and used Facebook Groups and Timeline to engage and improve the teaching of the Cold War and bring this rich subject to life

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Facebook at King Edwards VI School

King Edward VI is an independent secondary school with a sixth form in Southampton with an affiliated prep school, The Stroud School, Romsey.  This case study shows how a new head of e-learning has started off the use of Facebook with a group of leading teachers as well as student digital leaders as a tool for learning – all achieved in just 6 weeks of arriving at the school. Read more »

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Facebook at Dr Challoners

Dr Challoner’s Grammar School has built a reputation as one of the leading boys’ grammar schools in the country. This case study shares how the school has used Apps for Good and other innovative used of Facebook with students across age groups and subjects Read more »

How To

Practical guides and help to use Facebook and social media for learning

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