Social Learning - The literacy that cannot be ignored

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My presentation from the Northern Grid Conference 2012. I put the case for the teaching of social media skills in schools from the earliest age as essential literacy skills. The consequences of not doing so are that students may enter the world ill-equipped to communicate effectively or worse, in danger of damaging their reputations or inadvertantly committing criminal acts.

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  • Literacy rant. The use of social media as a communication tool is as important as other forms of literacy.
  • Define Social Media
  • What are the consequences of young people not being literate in these media.
  • Crown Prosecution Service believe in the importance of education
  • What does your avatar say about you? Just at this seemingly superficial level, there is a great deal of helpful learning to be done.
  • These are all genuine avatars used by children in a school-based VLE
  • Tools we can use to facilitate this learning
  • Specifically Twitter
  • Even OFSTED agree
  • Kids will make mistakes. We want them to. Celebrating mistakes.Applying digital sticking plaster.Online vs real (playground vs online)
  • Posted publicly by 15 year old nephew. Is he fully literate? Safe?
  • Social Learning - The literacy that cannot be ignored

    1. 1. Social LearningThe Literacy that cannot be ignored Northern Grid Conference 2012 #ngconf Name Dughall McCormick @dughall
    2. 2. From sure2talk on Flickr
    3. 3. “Social media includes web-basedand mobile based technologieswhich are used to turncommunication into interactivedialogue among organizations,communities, and individuals.” Wikipedia
    4. 4. “This is an area where I wouldsuggest education, both of what notto do and of how easy it is to detectand prosecute these offences, might prevent the criminalisation of otherwise decent people…” Nick Hawkins CPS
    5. 5. Year 3 Year 4 What’s in an avatar? Year 5
    6. 6. Year 6
    7. 7. Classes that tweet
    8. 8. “The Year 1 Twitter-feed is a good example of the how theschool is not only helping pupils write for a specificaudience, but also keeping parents and carers informed. “ OFSTED
    9. 9. From Valerie Reneé on Flickr
    10. 10. Thank you :-) NameDughall McCormick @dughall

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