In 2013, the internet went mobile. For the first time, the number of internet-connected mobile devices, such as smartphones and tablets, exceeds the numbers of desktops and laptops. The number of people accessing the internet via mobile devices will overtake the number using fixed-line connections some time in 2014. What this means for teachers, is that it’s now much, much easier to access social media. From our pockets, we can connect with colleagues round the country and across the world at the tap of a button.
There are a few areas in education that I think will be changed by social media for good – permanently, and for the better: CPD, publishing, research and policy.
It is worth quoting at length from this brilliant blogpost by Joey Bagstock on what blogging has done for CPD, which charts a subtle but significant shift between teachers and leaders:
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