posted Mar 12, 2013, 6:16 PM by Nicky Ryan   [ updated Mar 12, 2013, 8:06 PM ]
Kia ora

I thought I would share with you a new form of communication that the school is trialling at the moment.

I am sure you have all heard of twitter and tweeting. I used to think that this was only for celebrity news and that it certainly wasn't me. However, during my study last year I had the chance to explore the learning use of certain social media tools with one of the papers that I was working on.

Educationalists are finding that twitter is a wonderful way to share information. Or should I say another form of communication. If we are to engage with learners (which includes you as parents) then we need to meet diverse needs. 
At the moment I am learning Google Analytics so I can find out how many of you visit our website, how many people use computers, or tablets or mobile devices. This is another way to find out what it is our parents like to do when they come to the website. This is one way of learning how to meet your needs for communication.

But back to twitter...Weston School now has it's own twitter account Weston School@SchoolWeston. If you Google Twitter and create your own account you can follow us. You may already tweet, in which case just follow us! You can also find out who else is following us and follow them!

Why would you want to?
  1. This is another way for you to get information quick and fast about what we are doing, what events are on or coming up and links you straight to our website. 
  2. You can be alerted to an immediate event at school e.g. cancellation of a school sport or event.
  3. There is the opportunity to find out what or who we are following as a school - we have found some good links for parents and you don't need to spend ages googling places to go to such as Mathletics, TKI, Creative Commons, Edutopia, Geonet, Khan Academy, Garden to Table, TED talks, Ministry of Education to name but a few.
  4. You can follow your interests (in our case all things learning).
  5. Because education has got hold of twitter and made it really interesting. Now you can be ahead of the game in learning about digital technology and engage with it making you an expert as well as a learner!
I hope to see you out there in the twitter arena and I have just tweeted from the school about tomorrows PUM...who will find it?

If you look on the school's home page you can see our twitter link all the way down at the bottom of the page.

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