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Ideas for using social media

Classroom ICT
Neil Peplow looks at some potential uses of social media to engage students in their learning

No teacher is ignorant of the dangers and risks associated with social media. In recent years it’s got a lot of bad press. However, this doesn’t mean that in the right environment and under the right supervision it can’t be a useful teaching tool. 

The fact is that today’s teenagers are probably more comfortable expressing themselves via digital media than they are face-to-face. The most effective and savvy teachers, therefore, should and can look at ways of using their students’ love of technology to help accelerate their learning. 

The skills that can be gained from using different social media channels and platforms are extremely transferable, and not just limited to those subjects with a media element. 

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