Course Status: Available
We use social media all the time, both at school and at home. Our students are social media natives. Yet, do we really know how the use of social media affects the brain and learning? This course looks at research from neuroscience, psychology and education into the effect of social media on learning, and presents a balanced view on how we can use social media safely, based on the evidence we currently have. Teachers will think critically about their use of social media or their aversion to it, and be encouraged to form an informed view on how and why they choose to facilitate learning activities using social media. School leaders, such as year advisors, will develop the skills to implement wise use of social media both in the classroom and out. Teachers will have opportunities to engage in ongoing professional learning via IDEALearning’s online learning management system. Continued discussion and exploratory learning on this topic will be recommended via resources made available in this course, as teachers prepare students for the 21st century whilst being mindful of healthy, balanced ways to live and to learn.