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Report: Digital Skills for a Modern World

Leaders in the US and the UK recognise the new constraints the digital age places on education and workforce training showing the need for systemic change.

Latest to this united call is the UK Digital Skills Task Force and its exhaustive new report, Digital Skills for a Modern World providing a comprehensive cataloguing of the digital shift, alongside policy recommendations for addressing these issues. Oliver Quinlan at NESTA provides a good overview of the recommendations. In the vein of the report from the Aspen Institute Task Force on Learning and the Internet, the paper tries to address the needs of learners and workers in the 21st-Century, calls for a shift in policy and provides a strong argument for teachers to incorporate digital training, outside of just the new computing curriculum, into daily instruction.

But how should social media fit into this new view of learning?

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Research: Facebook as a Tool for Educators

For education to be an open and inclusive experience, it is necessary to create schools and learning spaces where students and teachers can engage and dialogue with knowledge and information. Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr serve as some of the tools integrated reflexively into all parts of life to help students make sense of the rushing torrent of information engulfing the 21st Century.

While teachers are already proactively utilising these tools in classrooms, only a smattering of research exists around on the true educational impact of options like Facebook on learning. To that gap, Julie Prescott, a lecturer in psychology at the University of Bolton published the excellent report, Teaching style and attitudes towards Facebook as an educational tool earlier this year. While focusing on the attitudes of university staff, Prescott’s research and findings can offer key insights for educators at the primary and secondary level.

In a response to whether laptops should be removed from the collegiate classroom,Prescott argues at the Conversation (and subsequently reposted at the Washington Post), professors (and teachers) have the choice whether to engage with their students where they converse and spend time, or to leave those digital space unexplored.

Perhaps weary lecturers should be looking at the problem from a different angle and asking whether social networking sites such as Facebook can actually become a good place to teach. Or at least communicate with their students,” writes Prescott. 

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A Global Call for a New View of Learning From The Aspen Task Force on Learning and the Internet

Learning should be rich, meaningful and connected to each student’s daily experience. Teachers are constantly looking for new tools to engage with students in the clicks and swipes of their life, ensuring that the openness and freedom that they experience in the digital age is a hallmark of their learning experiences.

As we’ve started to explore with the Facebook Guide for Educators, social media can be a powerful way for teachers to reach students where they are, creating a culture of trust and unlocking new ways to unpack knowledge and open communication. Whether it’s Twitter chats, Google Hangouts or even a class Pinterest board, the new age of connectivity offers new opportunities and challenges for teachers.

Our call for learning to be more open, social and connected to each student’s life is one that is not just applicable to the UK. Earlier this year, the Aspen Institute Task Force on Learning and the Internet released “Learners at the Center of a Networked World.” This important report from twenty leaders in technology, business, education and policy provide a clear and actionable vision for policymakers in the USA and lessons for the UK.

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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

Open Learning

Open Learning
The Future of Learning
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The New Culture of Learning
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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.

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