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Social Networking and Digital footprints

Discussion in 'Computing and ICT' started by aimz3108, Jan 22, 2011.

  1. Hello all,I am currently in my 3rd year at university and completing my dissertation . In my dissertation I am looking at the affects of social networking and Digital footprints on pupils in KS3.
    I would like to know if schools teach these areas in the ICT curriculum and also what teachers think of Social network sites?
    Thank you
  2. Hello all,I am currently in my 3rd year at university and completing my dissertation . In my dissertation I am looking at the affects of social networking and Digital footprints on pupils in KS3.
    I would like to know if schools teach these areas in the ICT curriculum and also what teachers think of Social network sites?
    Thank you
  3. djphillips1408

    djphillips1408 New commenter

    I like facebook as I can play scrabble on it, however I would not be idiotic enough to think that it had any potential place in my classroom.
  4. magic surf bus

    magic surf bus Star commenter

    I've worked in 15 schools in the last year and only in one do they allow student access to Facebook. It's a bloody nuisance and they should know better.

    Regarding digital footprints, have you tried the waybackmachine at archive.org? That's seriously embarrassing.
  5. Maybe you need to read the question again DJ, this is not a question about Facebook and as you are clearly using Social Networking to develop your knowledge and understanding of teaching through this website surely it can have a place in any classroom. Please tell me you don't teach IT.
  6. DEmsley

    DEmsley New commenter

    @OP - I'd be tempted to change the dissertation to the "effects of social networking..."
    What aspects are you looking at? When you're looking at "pupils" I suspect there is an element of the impact on their education, but in what aspects?
    Attainment, distraction, time-wasting, bullying, social integration, socialisation, etc.

  7. djphillips1408

    djphillips1408 New commenter

    Hmm let me guess a brand new poster who may also operate under another id. the OP is far too vague to be of any purpose. Whilst I still fail to see why my response does not address the statement made in the OP
    Of course it has no place in the classroom, unless you go down the edmodo/ning route where you control the entire content of what kids can access. If you for one moment believe that kids are going to use facebook (or any 3rd party social networkign tool) in a constructive manner in the classroom then it is you my friend that will struggle to progress in this profession.
  8. I have never felt the need to post on these forums, however I felt your comment was so ridiculous that it warranted my first post. Again you are thinking Facebook as soon as you hear Social Networking. Social Networking if harnessed correctly, would have only benefits for every school, pupil and teacher across the country inside and outside the classroom. It is a tool which aids communication: the sharing of opinions; mulitimedia content; debates etc.. and is being developed to make collecting and providing feedback on assignments almost effortless if you look at the deveopments within the FROG VLE for example. It is a tool and obviously there are risks/ dangers attached to it this is where your classroom management/discipline comes into play. Should we not allow Bunsen Burners in Science in case the students burn each other? Or how about banning pencils in Art as we all know the students will only try and injure each other with them. Don't even get me started with the damage which can be done with a football in P.E. As a Head of Department at the age of 28 I don't feel my progression is an issue you need to worry about. Do you teach ICT?
  9. djphillips1408

    djphillips1408 New commenter

    2 issues - one,what do you mean by "if harnessed correctly", two, perhaps you could outline those benefits for me
    We use moodle so no experience of Frog, once again could you expalin those to me.
    Childish nonsense that is irrelevant to your argument, I have no issue with social networking on a safety level, what concerns me is that I can not see any way of it being constructive in a classroom environment.
    You see I think most people would think of it like that, don't know if you are aware of a recent cinematic release called the social network, funnily enough I don't recall it being about the trials and tribulations of the people that founded this forum. Whilst this place still is a forum, yes you can put up a profile and make "friends", but no-one does. It's just a forum not a social netowrk because the vast majority of people don't post trivial ***** about what they are currently doing in their life, which to me is the "social" bit.
    Yes, been doing it for a while too you know, I even managed to set up a couple of now defunct sites www.ictgcse.com and www.ictcoverlessons.com and pop the odd resource in the the resource bank here....
    scroll down and look bottom left....
    Why do I still bite at trolls....... Should have learnt by now.
  10. No, dip doesn't need to worry about your progress but maybe the parents of your pupils do.
  11. colwynexile

    colwynexile Occasional commenter

    LMFTO - the troll becomes the troll killer
    Bosco, if you read the forum as often as you imply you do, you should have seen DJPs grubby but perfectly formed mitts over various threads and advertising the many excellent resources he has added to this site for the benefits of arrogant stuck up their own back side muppets like yourself. The fact you are unaware of who this is, the fact you bemoan the fact everyone says facebook when you say social networking (of course, having a film made about you does tend to promote you, pity it didn't work for the FROG VLE {DJ I'm going to use moodle for our intra-VLE, so I've no idea about it at all}) and you've the arrogance to boost you're a HoD at 28 when we have no context to balance this up with (how manty candidates, are you the only one in your Dept, did no-one else want the job,etc etc etc) and surely you can see you're not going about winning friends and influencing people in the right way.
  12. colwynexile

    colwynexile Occasional commenter

    To the OP - I know this is a dissertation but if you want any info from us you're going to have to be a bit more specific at where you're thinking of looking. Unless this was a "help, no idea where to go have you any ideas" plea - in which case it would be nice to know so we can be of help
  13. DEmsley

    DEmsley New commenter

    @OP - Following references will be of use I suspect:
    Chan and Chan - Development of Formative Assessment Tools for Knowledge Building
    Crossouard at al. 2004: Creating an Alternative Assessment Regime with Online Formative Assessment : developing a researcher identity
    Foggo, L: 2007: http://www.ariadne.ac.uk/issue51/foggo/
    Document not for citation: http://www.oecd.org/dataoecd/52/63/34260371.pdf
    ...and anything else by Black and Wiliam: esp: http://www.springerlink.com/index/10.1007/s11092-008-9068-5 You'll need Shibolleth authentication from your Uni but that shouldn't be a problem.

    Lastly if I were you I'd subscribe to I-Jet - http://www.online-journals.org/i-jet


  14. It's Mymouse innit
  15. We teach a unit of work on e-safety and use a mock up a facebook that pupils access internally to the school to see what information is avaliable and how a person's digital foot print could potentially lead to someone who wants to hurt you finding out your name, school and routes home etc. We also teach older pupils about leaving comments on social networking sites that could be seen by potential employers and can be used against them in an interview. We also teach them about cyber bullying and what effects it has on people involved.
  16. colwynexile

    colwynexile Occasional commenter

    Sorry to spoil the image you may have made.
    As to the rest, fair points made well - no probs with 'aggressive' discussions, truth be told I am a little sarcastic at times and do seem abit holier than thou.
  17. "You see I think most people would think of it like that, don't know if you are aware of a recent cinematic release called the social network"
    Haha great response, you have the same reasoning skills as a 13 year old. Don't go rock climbing because you have to cut off your arm after 127 hours, I saw it in the cinema.


  18. c'mon Mymouse, tell us why you do this; where is the satisfaction?
  19. gavcradd

    gavcradd New commenter

    I'm with DJP on this one, I don't think what most sane people think of as Social Networks have a place in the classroom, beyond covering their use from an e-safety point of view. Yes, there are great tools to allow students to communciate but they have to be so locked down and monitored to be of any use that they become marginal.
    Well done on being HoD at 28 btw, I was HoD at 27 and am now a 30 year old grumpster.
  20. Well done.
    And you actually exist.
    Erm.. don't you?

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