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New ‘School Governors and Social Media’ module available

The Modern Governor Social Media module being used on a smartphone

New ‘School Governors and Social Media’ module available

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Subscribers to Modern Governor’s online professional development service can now access a completely updated version of the School Governors and Social Media e-learning module. This module has been written to help governors and trustees navigate the world of social media – a realm which offers schools a wealth of opportunities but can also present issues if engaged with inappropriately. The module explores the range of social media outlets and their potential for use by schools and governing bodies to consider what activity on social media is already taking place across their school and how such tools might best be used to support the life of the school. Like all Modern Governor modules, this module doesn’t prescribe what should be done in any given context, but aims to inform governors so that any discussions about this within a governing body can be started from a position where all governors have a basic understanding of what’s involved, and where their responsibilities lie.

Screenshots of the Modern Governor School Governors and Social Media module on the iPad Mini.

Mobile-friendly

As with all new and updated Modern Governor content, the Social Media module is in the mobile-friendly Adapt format, ensuring that it works on smartphones, tablets and ‘traditional’ computers. Your progress through the module will be saved – meaning you can start the module on one device and complete it on another at a later time – allowing you space to thoughtfully update your Facebook status or tweet a link to the programme you’ve just watched on the iPlayer. Or not.

Screenshot of the Modern Governor School Governors and Social Media module on an iPhone 6.

The School Governors and Social Media module is divided into six sections:

  • What is social media?
  • Social media in schools
  • Governors & social media
  • Whole-school eSafety
  • Summary

with the final section being a quiz which checks participants’ knowledge, understanding and awareness of this area in education. Social media has great potential for schools, but governors’ strategic role in school leadership means that they are thinking about the wider context than the day-to-day practicalities and the module helps governors think strategically about how they and their school should approach an arena which touches all segments of a school’s community.

Further reading and resources

Appropriately, supporting resources & further reading for this module are available through Modern Governor’s Delicious social bookmarking account – this will be added to with appropriate reading and references in the future.

Governing boards who subscribe to Modern Governor – whether as individual schools or through a subscribing local authority or academy trust/chain – can access the School Governors and Social Media module now. If you’d like to trial some of the mobile-friendly professional development modules from Modern Governor, then you can sign up for the free 30 day trial. Local authorities, academy chains and multi-academy trusts who want to make Modern Governor available to the governing boards and trust boards across their organisation can access discounted subscription rates – contact the Modern Governor team for details.

Questions for governing bodies
  • When did you last search for your school in online news articles and on social media? If you did, what did you find? Who authored it? Where was it posted?
  • How do governors in your school contribute to its ‘culture of safety’ (the phrase used in inspection guidance). How do you assure yourself that such a culture exists across the school?
  • Are your expectations of governors’ conduct – both online and offline – assumed, implied or explicitly laid out?
  • (How) does your governing body communicate with the wider school community? How are you planning to engage with parents, carers and others through online and face-to-face methods – and how might these methods complement and reinforce one another?

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