SMILE – Social Media in Learning and Education
European Schoolnet (EUN) has recently launched a unique online learning laboratory as part of an innovative research project. Entitled SMILE – or Social Media in Learning and Education – this year-long project (April 2012 – March 2013) aims to improve our understanding of the challenges and opportunities associated with how kids are growing up in a world of social media and technology. The project, funded by an inaugural Digital Citizenship Research Grant from Facebook, consists of three key phases:
- An online learning laboratory for 100 teachers from the 30 member states of EUN’s partnerships (and beyond) to investigate and embrace the educational opportunities social media offers;
- Research with the learning laboratory participants to highlight trends and best practices for how social media is being used and can be used in classrooms;
- Broad dissemination of the research results through EUN’s interactive portals for teachers, as well as through European and international meetings and conferences.
- What is social media?
- Using social media in schools – whole-school approach;
- Using social media for learning and teaching – pedagogical principles;
- Using social media for professional development;
- Using social media responsibly;
- Social media policy and the challenges of social media adoption in schools.
Sarah Sumpter Web Content Specialist, European Schoolnet
Samantha Woolfe In-house Consultant, European Schoolnet