Book a place for this March & April 2017 at one of our face-to-face school-based afternoon workshops and amongst the latest good practice for schools, you’ll learn what hundreds of parents had to say about what it’s like to have children at a school where social media is proactively used.
These are unique insights that we’ve turned into actions that you can take away and use in your own setting.
Bolton School Workshops
St Paul’s (Astley Bridge) CE Primary – Bolton
St Catherine’s CE Primary – Horwich
POSTPONED Eagley Junior School – Bolton
Kearsley West Primary – Bolton
We’ll not just be sharing this unique parental insight with you. As part of the workshop you’ll get the latest good practice for boosting meaningful engagement and advice on Facebook’s new focus on ‘video’.
It’ll be fun (yes that’s allowed) and we’re also going to introduce you to some new apps that’ll reinvigorate your timelines too!
All School Based
Online booking is now open for 4 Bolton school venues. More dates will follow in other areas too. These are half-day sessions that include resources and refreshments for £69 +vat Existing schools who have our Blippit Social service already can choose the free ticket option 🙂
Is it possible to get valuable parental engagement right across a Multi Academy Trust using social media?
Yes it is. In this recent talk (30/09/16) given under our exclusively education Blippit Social brand by founder John Bidder, you can hear tips, advice and hopefully get a better understanding of why schools choose to work with us as their partner in this challenging area.
That’s the phrase that summed up day one (UPDATE: & Day 2) for Craig Wallace on the stand and he is not prone to exaggeration 😉 We were supporting and listening in thanks to the magical powers of social media and live stream and it really was a day crammed with teachers soaking up the CPD opportunities of which there were many.
We’ve done our best to Storify our tweets and those of teachers with whom we connected. This was an incredible event for us and we’re so grateful for everyone who came to see us to learn more about Blippit’s App Maker and other computing tools.
We were asked by so many people who they might get involved that it we’re now actively seeking out people who might suit becoming learning champions – Blippit Ambassadors. If that’s something you’d like to know more about just email email@example.com
If you’re feeling really brave scroll right to the bottom of this post to see what happens virtually at Blippit Australia HQ. This is not the kind of Python we like.
Graham Lowe, Chair of the Pan-Lancashire LSCB e-Safeguarding Group (covering Lancs, Blackburn with Darwen & Blackpool Council) shared the key findings of the 2014 Annual Lancashire County Council e-Safety Live Survey at our NW Positive Head Teachers’ Event in November 2014.
From an LSCB perspective, Graham supports taking a positive approach when using social platforms for parental/community awareness.
“It’s less about locking the technology down and putting filters in place…it’s more about [user] behaviour.”
With your help, parents and school communities across Lancashire & the North West of England have the opportunity to connect up with their respective schools & harness social media for good. The people, platform and priority are already in place!
You may have received our recent email about how we already help Lancashire schools reach and educate parents regarding e-safety matters. To arrange a meeting at your school or to slot us in to an existing agenda perhaps at Cluster level to take questions, just call 0843 523 5578 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Since the Positive Heads’ Event…
strategic cooperative working between ourselves, Blackburn with Darwen Local Authority, Lancashire County Council as well as with colleagues in Wigan & Blackpool.
If you couldn’t make it to our event (20-11-14) where Head Teachers of schools we work with shared their stories, then you can catch up with these full length videos of their talks at your convenience.
We’ll be releasing executive summaries of each video soon but until they’re ready you’re very welcome to watch the full length talks below.
This week I went on to BBC Breakfast’s famous red couch for Blippit Social. I was lucky enough to be invited on to the programme to comment and advise on the use of social media by schools and attitudes of parents to the subject more widely.
The Inflame Game
The context for the piece was the question of whether or not a primary head teacher of a school had done the right thing by sending home a letter essentially telling them not to let their children go on Facebook, they were too young etc.
When Bill Turnbull (my mum’s favourite presenter second only to Michael Palin) asked whether the school had done the right thing I essentially said yes – for that school it was the right thing. Saying anything else would have been wrong and only inflamed the story. Not knowing or understanding the school’s context and history only the Head himself could say, on reflection, anything else. Every school is different and that includes it’s community; having worked with as many schools as we have over the years there’s no doubt about that. We do know now that done right, even Ofsted inspectors see huge value in our parental engagement approach.
Viewers’ comments on the BBC Breakfast programme Facebook thread on the day show that there is no one single view when it comes down to it. Parents do share the same essential views on safety but not necessarily the same view on what should be done and how to ensure it. Check the comments out to see what I mean.
It’s pointless to make it into a blame game
It’s a fruitless route to play the blame game in my opinion. We’re all old and wise enough to know
It’s not Mark Zuckerberg’s fault
it’s not the parent’s fault
it’s not the children’s fault
it’s certainly not the Head Teachers’ fault
It’s just where we’re at in our evolution; ‘learning’ how to use tools for which there are no real rules; only arbitrary age limits and everyone’s common sense.
The End Game?
What options are there then for young people, parents, teachers and companies on the best use of social media platforms linked to education?
raise age limits for access?
increase reporting tools to expedite action?
boycott social platforms?
boycott technology like phones, tablets etc?
enforce tough technology filters for home access?
enforce and introduce new legislation?
or support, educate and make users part of the solution?
And finally. Of course being a very British thing to do I landed lots of stick for being spotted on the TV so if you can’t beat them, join them.
I like this photo a lot. Head Teachers talking about social media parental engagement with Head Teachers and other school leaders at our Bippit Positive Head Teachers’ Event yesterday at the beautiful Brockholes Nature Reserve.
Yesterday schools from all over the north west come along to talk about the day-to-day challenges & successes of parental engagement. It’s safe to say I think that noone went back to school with questions unanswered because we’d also invited some experienced Head Teacher colleagues along to share what they’d learned over the last 4 years with us.
Themes talked about included
educating & supporting parents
nurturing & harnessing school values through parents
tips & tricks
what works better than something else
data on trends for engagement
data on topics of discussion
data on peak times for engagement
data on community demographics & much more
New! Blippit Social Reports
We introduced our new social reporting service for schools which goes beyond what regular Facebook Insights offer. This for me personally is ‘where it’s at’ for us and our schools when you need to prove your worth, demonstrate how school is managing to keep the focus of relationship with parents on track or the value of the activity to yourself or other powers that be. (Here’s an earlier article on just a small part of what we do.)
The event was filmed in lovely HD and we’ll be sharing the footage with delegates, speakers and other specially selected channels soon. We’ll be doing more of this due to demands on the day and from those who simply couldn’t make it.
BIG THANKS to
Acer Education UK for sponsoring the Chromebook prize which was won by a delegate from a school in Wigan