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Would you use a social media platform in your classroom?

Discussion in 'Education news' started by gmoore021, May 1, 2020.

  1. gmoore021

    gmoore021 New commenter

    We are Natterhub; a brand new safe, gated social media platform powered by TwinklEducationalPublishing.

    If not properly supervised, the use of social media and excess screen time can have a damaging impact on the habits and wellbeing of children. We want to change this by providing a solution that develops real-world digital intelligence, and prepares children to thrive online as resilient and empathetic digital citizens.

    At the moment, children are spending and increased amount of time on screens due to CVD-19 lockdown. It is our responsibility as educators to ensure that they are becoming safe and savvy social media users. This applies to social platforms, gaming, video calling...everything online!

    In order to ensure a safe experience, Natterhub is a gated and transparent community. There are no private chats, so everyone can see what’s happening at all times, and all teachers have their information properly verified before they’re allowed to set up an account. Pupils cannot access the platform until their Hub has been ‘activated’ by their teacher, and teachers also have the ability to set daily time limits on how long the platform can be accessed.

    Completely safe.
    Created by educators.

    Would you use it?
  2. harsh-but-fair

    harsh-but-fair Star commenter

    Hmmmmm ....
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  3. thin_ice

    thin_ice Occasional commenter

    My thoughts too.

    Seems like a sales pitch to me.
    It has all the components of a marketing message.

    Mods? Are you there?
    colpee and harsh-but-fair like this.
  4. physicsfanboy

    physicsfanboy Occasional commenter

    It's not only a sales pitch, it's for a solution in search of a problem.
    However, since I like being helpful.
    No, I wouldn't use it. I can see no value or purpose in it. Another useless bit of tech sold to schools that will add no value and sit in the electronic equivalent of the dusty cupboard where nobody goes.
    colpee likes this.
  5. colpee

    colpee Star commenter

    Gosh, I haven't seen such a fine example of educational non-speak for a while.

    What is actually planned is set out here https://www.primaryteaching.co.uk/blog/natterhub/
    Note though the 2018 date, and as hinted at in the OP, is probably still not ready? Anyway, ignoring grandiose claims and flowery language, it seems a rather run-of-the-mill online e-learning platform, and I couldn't see any particular USP in the detailed blogpost.

    I do not think those statements are necessarily compatible.

    I haven't read any reason to.

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