Managing Social Media within a School – Scheduling Updates using HootSuite

Well, I thought it was about time to get back on to the blog with a few choice updates. The first of which relates to Social media in schools. Like all good things, the use of media in schools requires an investment of time to pay any sort of dividends. How can schools maximise exposure […]

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10 Twitter neologisms

tweeple: users of Twitter, or a user’s followers (also “tweeps”) tweetup: a real world gathering of Twitter users (pre-Twitter term “meatspace”) twisticuffs: a verbal argument conducted via tweets twitterrhoea: overuse of social media tweet cred: social standing on Twitter twelete: removing a previously-published tweet twirting: philandering in 140 characters or fewer tweme: a popular idea […]

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Best blogging approaches and apps using an Ipad

As the number of students and educators who are using iPads starts to gain a little more momentum a came across this blog article which has a nice summary of the blogging apps and approaches for the iPad – definitely worth a read.

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Google can now search by image

Now you can explore the web in an entirely new way by beginning your Google search with an image. Learn more about images on the web and your own photos. It will take several days for Search by Image to be available to everyone. When you see the camera icon in the images.google.com search bar, […]

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Need a Parent AUP for your parent portal?

A few people have been asking for some ideas on putting together an appropriate Acceptable Use Policy for Parents as part of them accessing a parent portal. Please note that what I have put together below reflect access from their own technology and does not incorporate access to school owned equipment:   Parent Portal Acceptable […]

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Learning Platforms: To Pay or Not to Pay?

There is a great article in SecED this week (June 16 2011) that starts to open the discussion about whether schools should pay for a learning platform from a service provider or go it alone with an open source solution. Very topical this week, having been watching a number of tweets against #FROG11. You can […]

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Great article on 5 things to avoid when using Facebook

Interesting article published on the BBC News website today about things not to do on Facebook. Very topical in light of the other UK based Facebook news – a juror who contacted a defendant via Facebook and undermined a case who has been jailed for 8 months for contempt.

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Setting up an ‘official’ facebook page for your school

I’m hoping that you have already watched the first screencast that has given a guided tour of our Facebook presence as this one goes through the steps to set one up for your own school. Before we start there are a few things that you will need to do: Have talked this through thoroughly with […]

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Tour of a school Facebook page

I have been getting quote a few people asking me about our school Facebook presence so thought that I would out a series of 2 screencasts together. This episode explores the presence itself and gives an overview of what we have achieved to date. The next video will take a look at how you go […]

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FROG Widgets – Shortlist showcased at #frog11

It was interesting to see the shortlisted widgets being showcased at the FROG conference yesterday. All kinds of widgets had been submitted into the competition for an iPad2. Congratulations must got to Chris Silverton from Ninestiles School who won for his widget that is a random name generator – great to run in the classroom […]

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