Wednesday, 7 October 2009

A Social Network for your Classroom

A Social Network for your Classroom (inc. Virtual Worlds)
Tue 25th May  ... 1:45pm to 5.00pm

In the last few years Social (online) Networks have grown enormously in popularity with students around the world ... but these have not yet been adopted or used by many schools. In fact quite a number of schools around the world have blocked access on the school network to some of the social network websites like, '
myspace' and 'facebook'.

In this session we will look at what a social network site is and see some examples and discuss the pros and cons for a school community. We will also look at some ways of setting up your own social network for use with your class, school, or club .... or even outside work for your own family. 

Finally in this session we will look at Second Life, a 3D virtual world that is a potentially valuable tool to support teaching and learning, more than half of UK Universities have a presence in S.L.

I will introduce you to my own Estate (3 SIMS) in Second Life designed to support the professional development of k-12 teachers ...
If you time before the session then have a look at the pages and

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At 18 May 2010 at 17:52 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Chris,

Mark Gilham from Mater Dei Catholic College in Wagga Wagga.

Currently I teach VET Construction, Industrial Technology, Technology (Mandatory) and Graphics Technology.

I'm part of a "technology team" within the school, looking at ways be beter integrate ICT into classrooms.

Despite Facebook being blocked for students within the school I am currently using a Facebook Group to discuss and share resources for the HSC with my Y12 VET Construction Class.

I'm interested in ways social networking can be used for teaching and learning and I''l be reporting back to the teaching staff on the workshop.

At 19 May 2010 at 17:41 , Blogger ReneP said...

My name is Rene and I am Library Technician at Moorefield Girls High. Over the last year or so have been very enthusiastic about Web 2.0 and its potential with communication and connectivity in schools.

After completing the Web 2.0 course with Syba Signs in 2008 I set up two school blogs; one for News & Events and one for School History both can be found on Moorefield Girls High website. What I would really like help with is suggestions on how to get beyond our school community with these blogs ie networking.

At 25 May 2010 at 05:21 , Blogger Chris Smith said...

During this session we went into Second Life and had a discussion with the avatar "Little Mynx" who in real life was in Cornwall in the UK.

She also recorded the session using free screencasting software

The recording (Machinima) can be found at


At 25 May 2010 at 05:41 , Blogger Chris Smith said...

Backchannel record of this meeting is at


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