This week we launched our Unsworth Twitter account. This is just another piece in the jigsaw of how we communicate with our community and beyond. Over the last 18 months our website has transformed our communication with parents and our pupils. In the last few weeks, our children have started to respond and give their views via our website after having learning experiences in school. We have even started to record their work and their responses through the use of QR codes.
Douglas Adams, the author of ‘The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy’ described our reactions to technology thus:
“I’ve come up with a set of rules that describe our reactions to technologies:
1. Anything that is in the world when you’re born is normal and ordinary and is just a natural part of the way the world works.
2. Anything that’s invented between when you’re fifteen and thirty-five is new and exciting and revolutionary and you can probably get a career in it.
3. Anything invented after you’re thirty-five is against the natural order of things.”
As a teacher appointed to our school in the 1990s I can relate to this! At that time the tools of my trade were a roller blackboard and a piece of chalk. A few of you probably remember the excruciating sound of a teacher’s fingernails as they scraped a blackboard! We were thrilled to receive our first BBC computer but then spent many an hour trying to make it work! Children had to be incredibly patient in those days waiting for programs to load or waiting for their turn on the only computer in the school!
Having said all that, we persevered with technology; recognising its potential as a tool for learning, as something that would motivate our children. Today, our children use netbooks and laptops, iPads and other technologies to enhance their learning. Our website has become an important source of information and we all wonder how we ever found anything out before the internet!
Of course, we all recognise the problems posed by the internet and by the advances in the use of social media. E-safety is an important part of our learning when it comes to the use of technologies and is something all of us need to keep up to date with. When we considered the schools Twitter account we thought about these things and we have written an ‘appropriate use’ policy. We will monitor its use just like we monitor our website but it is important that our children embrace the opportunities offered by technology whilst knowing how to use it safely.
If you would like to follow us you can find our twitter feed on our website. Look out for our tweets.