Teaching E-Safety Training Course

and Improving Teaching Skills using Social Media

This one-day workshop explores how Social Media can be used to develop their research, communication and life skills whilst simultaneously raising their awareness of the potential risks posed by the internet and what to do if they encounter a possible problem.

The use of technology, the internet and social media is an everyday occurrence for most of today’s young people and something that they feel comfortable and confident with – but are they doing this in a safe and supportive environment?

Online fraud, grooming and graphic images of abuse/pornography are widespread. These present very real risks to all users but conversely the internet and social media provide highly effective opportunities for research and communication both locally and worldwide.

Historically many education providers, keen to protect students under their care, placed blanket bans on internet access or social media sites thankfully such approaches are usually seen as outdated.

The internet and social media are increasingly integral to both business and private life and the modern student needs to understand how to use them in a safe manner. To understand what the risks are and how potential risks can be identified and reported.

The workshop will help teachers to offer relevant opportunities for developing safe social media practice together with the wider opportunities for learning through the use of social media.

For Whom
This one-day workshop is for teachers, tutors, trainers and learning support assistants. It will also be of use and interest to managers, especially in those departments that are not yet using social media as a learning tool and those people tasked with observing and grading lessons

Aims and objectives
This highly participative and interactive workshop is designed to promote inclusive practice and to build up the confidence of trainers in order to widen their use of new and emerging technology in supporting learning.

For Whom
This one-day workshop is for teachers, tutors, trainers and learning support assistants. It will also be of use and interest to managers, especially in those departments that are not yet using social media as a learning tool and those people tasked with observing and grading lessons

Aims and objectives
This highly participative and interactive workshop is designed to promote inclusive practice and to build up the confidence of trainers in order to widen their use of new and emerging technology in supporting learning.

It encourages active participation in the development of awareness and use of social media. The session will incorporate online technology in addition to using the organisation’s own materials in order to enhance the relevance of the training.

In doing so it enables the participants to:

  • Recognise the importance of social media as a learning tool
  • Identify key aspects of teaching within own sector that might be supported through the use of social media
  • Provide learners with appropriate methods of utilising social media within own teaching area
  • Become familiar with the e-safety strategies that can be put into place by an individual and rolled out throughout the organisation
  • Ways to help students identify potential risks and how to respond to them effectively

Bring with you
Prior to each course we request you bring with you a selection of appropriate resources which we can explore further within the workshop including ways to make them more inclusive.

To gain maximum benefit from this workshop, participants should bring with them:

  • A wi-fi enabled laptop with mobile internet access – for resource development
  • session plans, resources & course specifications which will be used to promote ideas sharing

Content
This highly participative and interactive workshop is designed to promote innovative teaching practice and to encourage trainers to widen their use of new and emerging technology in supporting learning and promoting wider research and study skills. It has 5 key components

  1. A look at the range of social media available, including the most popular sites amongst young people; followed by a discussion relating to the importance of social media as a learning tool
  2. An opportunity to take part in activities which allow the sharing of teaching skills. Throughout the workshop, participants will be encouraged to identify the key aspects of teaching within their own sector that might be supported through the use of social media
  3. Discussing ways in which learning organisations can provide learners with appropriate methods of utilising social media to promote learning.
  4. Information which focuses upon the e-safety strategies that can be put into place by an individual and rolled out throughout the organisation
  5. Techniques and approaches to help students understand and identify the risks posed by social media and the internet and ways they can respond to a range of typical threats

This workshop incorporates a practical and, sometimes challenging, approach to the use of social media from the perspective of the learner who has no fear of using a range of smartware and multimedia.

The workshop also provides an opportunity to develop strategies for keeping learners safe; the subjects of which could create ideas for wider teaching topics within participants’ own learning organisation