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Social software

What is social software?

Social software enables social interactions through digital technologies, such as the Internet or mobile devices. Social media can be used to support or share learning, and to facilitate community engagement.

Social software includes forums, wikis and blogs, and communication capabilities such as Skype and webinars.

Rosin Lamb, Communications Manager at Pakuranga College, explains how they use social media to connect with the community. They use a number of online tools to manage their various communications channels. This has become an opportunity to work with parents to help them understand how social media can support community engagement.

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Using social media to connect with your community

This online guide offers schools starting points to support planning for, and getting started, using social media with their communities.

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Blogger and Scribd

Students at Hinuera School in Matamata used Blogger and Scribd to support inquiry focused learning.

Tags: Effective pedagogy, Social sciences, Student inquiry, Blogging, Publishing, Social media, Primary, Upper primary

Blogger

Students at St Pius X School in Auckland improved their literacy skills and their perceptions of themselves as learners through blogging.

Tags: Effective pedagogy, English, Blogging, Social media, Primary, Upper primary

Collaborating using Blogger

Students from Melville Intermediate School used Blogger to share their development of te reo Māori and receive feedback.

Tags: English, Learning languages, Blogging, Social media, Primary, Upper primary

Engagement through Blogger

Students at Epsom Girls Grammar School improved their writing ability and their understanding of assessment standards through the use of blogging.

Tags: English, Blogging, Social media, Secondary, Upper secondary

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Engaging parents in learning through technology

Engaging parents in learning through technology

Hillcrest Normal School teacher, Michelle Macintyre shares how technology has enabled parents to be involved in different ways with students' learning.

Using technologies to connect with the community

Using technologies to connect with the community

Principal Jane Danielson explains the different applications they are using to connect with their community. 

Digital citizenship at Apiti School

Digital citizenship at Apiti School

Staff and students from Apiti School explain some of the practical strategies they have put in place to ensure they are safe and responsible digital citizens.

Sharing student learning

Sharing student learning

Staff and students from Apiti School discuss the benefits of using e-portfolios to share student learning with parents and the community. 

Connecting with the community through social media

Connecting with the community through social media

Rosin Lamb, Communications Manager at Pakuranga College, explains how they use social media to connect with the community.

Apiti School – Process for developing a digital citizenship agreement

Apiti School – Process for developing a digital citizenship agreement

Principal, Mary Cuming explains the process the Board, teachers, and students worked through to develop a digital citizenship agreement at Apiti School.

Connecting learning and the community

Connecting learning and the community

Teacher, Nicki Fielder and students from Apiti School explain the different social media tools they use to connect with parents and the wider community.

Using blogs to communicate with the school community

Using blogs to communicate with the school community

James Rea, DP at Russell Street School, shares how students are using their library blog to post book reviews and character profiles.

WHS Digital citizenship programme

WHS Digital citizenship programme

Wellington High School DP, Dominic Killalea explains their Digital Citizenship programme, which begins at Year 9. Dominic also discusses some of the challenges they have faced opening up the network to students and how they have dealt with these challenges. 

Students communicating beyond the classroom using digital technologies

Students communicating beyond the classroom using digital technologies

Teacher, Mike Crawford and his students from Woodend School describe why they are using Twitter to raise public awareness of local environmental issues.

Connecting to share professional learning

TeachMeetNZ

Sonya van Schaijik, Newmarket School, explains how TeachMeet works and the benefits it provides for teachers to connect and share their practice.

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Willowbank School

Edtalks: Engaging our community through Facebook

Jane Danielson from Willowbank School, discusses the use of Facebook and Twitter to communicate with parents and caregivers. She explains how the school has implemented these social media tools. This has included specific responsibilities for personnel, timelines for roll out and review, and clarity over how the use fits in with the broader belief and vision of the school.

Waiuku School

Edtalks: Rachel Boyd: Building community relationships with social media

Rachel Boyd (@rachelboyd ), deputy principal and e-learning leader at Waiuku Primary School, shares how she has used Facebook and Twitter to engage with her school community.

Mangere Central School

Parent/whānau communication – Inclusion and understanding

Mangere Central School is finding ways to engage with parents, including those who do not have access to computers, with considerations for mentoring family/whānau with new social networking tools.

Resources

Teachers and social media
The Teachers Council has developed a web space to help teachers understand and discuss social media and ethical issues they may face. It includes guidelines for ethical use of social media, animated scenarios, and presentation frameworks to encourage discussion in schools and centres. The Before You Share  section contains useful information for teachers on using social media tools in work and personal life.

The guidelines and resources use the Code of Ethics for Registered Teachers  as their underpinning framework, in particular the four commitment statements to learners, parents/guardians and family/whānau, society, and the profession.

The resources have been developed out of a recognition that:

  • teachers who model good social media use will grow learners who apply positive, respectful values in their interactions on social media platforms
  • teachers need support and guidance around how to use social media in a way that is confident, competent, and ethically sound.

Using social media to connect with your community

This online guide offers schools starting points to support planning for, and getting started, using social media with their communities.

Ethics for teachers working online

A webinar recorded in September 2012 using Blackboard Collaborate from the Enabling e-Learning community  in the Virtual Learning Network. Nicky Kingston, New Zealand Teachers Council, looks at the Social Media website aimed at supporting teachers to make ethical decisions.

Ten Trends 2013: The social web

Karen Melhuish Spencer talks about social learning and the social web in this EDtalk. She challenges schools to support students to act with integrity online, offer a curriculum that provokes deep questioning, allow students to drive the learning, and harness technology to show learning in multiple ways.

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Facilitating shared learning using Skype
Find how student learning was facilitated between neighbouring schools using Skype.

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