We’re on the look-out for the most social media-savvy folk in further education (FE). Sound like you? Then you should enter our competition.
If you make our top ten list, you win a visit for your class from our Digi Lab – complete with virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR), an Emotiv Insight EEG Brain Reader and a robot, and hey, it’s always nice to be acknowledged for hard work and innovation!
Our UK-wide competition celebrates the excellent use of social media by sector professionals – we’re looking for the most interesting, innovative and inspiring examples of where it’s being used to add value to teaching.
We think social media has an essential part to play in informing the sector – and we’re a real advocate for using it in FE teaching. Be it Twitter, Facebook, or another platform, social is a great way to share information, start conversations, break down barriers and get your voice heard. And it makes it easy to communicate with sector professionals from around the globe, and key influencers that you wouldn’t otherwise get the chance to meet in person.
Perhaps you engage learners by running a social account specifically for your syllabus. Or you encourage them to interact with a wider community to increase their knowledge on a particular topic.
Twitter is often used to share good practice with colleagues and others in the sector, so maybe you’ve created a hashtag to kick off a discussion and it’s really taken off, or perhaps you’ve created an entirely new collaborative online movement. Whatever it is, we want to hear from you!
We ran a similar competition for the higher education sector last year, with lots of great entries, including a chemistry lecturer who encourages students to make their own YouTube videos and a software developer who’s created a private social media app for quizzes, surveys, text and more. Then there is Pablo the penguin, whose antics help build engagement between students and the library services.
After the judging has taken place, on 5 April, we’ll be sharing the success of our top ten social media superstars through our own channels and on our website.
So, which social platforms are you using? How do you reach your students? How has your use of social improved your teaching practice? Has it helped you overcome a particular challenge? Has it made it easier for students to communicate, and are they more likely to engage when social is part of the learning package?
All you need to do to enter the competition is fill out this short form before midnight on Thursday 29 March 2018.
A few years ago we published a top 50 list (via the UK Web Archive). Take a look at the line-up and, if you’re already on the list, why not enter again? Imagine the glory…
So, have a think and get started on that application – it’s a quick one.