BR&U Social Media and School Reputation (Part One)

Brand "You" and how you look to others

Brand "You" and how you look to others

Brand? Reputation? Footprint? Klout? As online social spaces accelerate almost exponentially across a whole range of environments, the concept of “brand” could very well be the driving force that shapes online culture as 2014 unfolds. Almost exclusively the territory of commerce and advertising in previous years, and very often linked to commodity and corporate identity, personal and organisational brand is becoming increasingly relevant in the virtual public spaces that schools, children, families […]

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Turkey or Tech?

Turkey or Tech?

Christmas 2013 looks set to be a bumper year for new technology: new gaming console releases with the XBox One and the Playstation 4; groovy tablets like the new Nexus 7 and the iPad Air; even wearable technology like the Galaxy Gear and Nike FitBand. We have even seen the emergence of media gaming in the living room through Steam Box and the Steam Platform. For parents, it can not only be […]

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When Social Media gets personal …

When Social Media gets personal …

It was a dark and stormy night. Actually, it wasn’t. It was a cold, empty windswept Plymouth railway station platform just before midnight in October. Seated on a hard and spartan bench waiting for the Riviera Sleeper to Paddington. Now I know that sounds so Orient Express; very ornate, cosmopolitan and the height of chic; well, not quite but to be honest I love it. Snuggling down under a warm duvet, gently […]

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Strange Bedfellows; Online Safety and the Computing National Curriculum

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It may be worth mentioning from the start that the development of a new Technology National Curriculum fit for the 21st Century was never going to be easy. Nor was the outcome going to please everyone who had a particular vested interest in any part of the whole. There is an argument that suggests that Online Safety is not just the domain of the ICT dept; it’s safeguarding and therefore requires whole […]

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Parents! Be brave, draw the line in the sand and step into your child’s online life.

Parents! Be brave, draw the line in the sand and step into your child’s online life.

A few years ago, the US psychologist Marc Prensky referred to the perceived gap between parents and their children when it came to technology. He used the phrases “Digital Natives” and “Digital Immigrants”: “natives” have grown up with technology and have a whole language and culture based around it whilst “immigrants” struggle to learn the language, the rules… what is cool, what is safe, what is right and what is wrong. In […]

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Social Care and Online Safety: plugging the gap in awareness and understanding

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Social Care and Online Safety:  plugging the gap in awareness and understanding The impact of technology on the lives of children and young people today is immense. On the whole it is empowering: it provides platforms for communication and collaboration which lift a young person beyond their own geography and culture; it underpins much of their engagement with the world and offers a sandbox to trial and develop new persona; it is […]

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Budgies, foul-language and e-learning: tenets for improvement

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Two Budgies

Simple questions are often the most difficult to answer. A week or two ago I was fortunate enough to work with an “outstanding” Agricultural FE College in Kent. Being a city lad (and a scouser at that) I was of course impressed with the size of the campus and the excellent facilities but completely bowled-over by their massive aviary full of budgies, exotic parrots and tiny little quail. The few moments that I had […]

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Sexting:don’t do it! …But what if I have?

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girl-at-computer

Preventative messages are important. After all, prevention is better that a cure, this we know. And the best way to avoid risk becoming harm is to manage that risk in a way that is intelligent and predictive. Preventative messages help reduce road accidents, help educate and reduce the number of teenage pregnancies and reduce the number of premature deaths from smoking. And yet post-advice and post-intervention systems are still required because people […]

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Whiskey, Ofsted and E-safety; a recipe for effective practice

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whiskey2

A battle-scarred educator once offered me his measured opinion over the last single malt of the evening at some god-forsaken conference in some god-forsaken hotel at some god-forsaken hour. “There are only two ways to get schools to do anything; inspect it or stick it in a league table”, he smiled …before passing wind and passing out. (Mind you … his view of assessment was that you don’t fatten a pig by weighing […]

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Online Safety; making consultancy work

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360 degree safe, the on-line safety self review tool for schools has proved to be a real success for us here at South West Grid for Learning. With nearly 3000 schools now using the tool and a growing number achieving the associated “E-safety Mark“, it is remarkable how something we developed to standardise our consultancy judgements grew into what is now a multi-award winning on-line tool. And it continues to grow. It’s currently the central metric in a suite of on-line safety tools , […]

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