SMILE - or Social Media in Learning and Education
Entitled SMILE - or Social Media in Learning and Education – this year-long project (April 2012 - May 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.
European Schoolnet (EUN) has recently launched SMILE - or Social Media in Learning and Education, a unique online learning laboratory as part of an innovative research project. 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.
In the first phase of the project, participants in the online learning laboratory will study six units covering a variety of aspects on the use of social media in learning and education as follows:
- 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.
Each unit consists of an introductory video along with a written commentary and additional sources of information. Participants are also offered a list of resources to explore and reflect on, and examples of interesting practices which could be used in the classroom, taken from both the educational sector and beyond. Tasks are set at the end of each unit to help participants deepen their understanding of how they can use what they’ve learnt in the classroom to gain practical experience of many of the issues discussed, while online discussion is encouraged via the SMILE Forum in order to map best practiceand foster the exchange of ideas.
Research findings, including case studies on social media in learning and education, will be published regularly throughout the project. culminating in a final report in May 2013.
Find further information about the outcomes of the project and read more about the report.
Further information about the project is also vailable in Facebook's announcement page.