December 3, 2012

Eye on IT: Using Social Networking and Social Media – Practical Ideas for Teaching and Learning

This text was initially published by Vitrine technologie-éducation under a CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 licence, before Eductive was launched.

Originally published by Raymond Cantin for Vitrine technologie-éducation on January 25, 2011.

In this podcast, Ewan McIntosh, a teacher and speaker regarded as one of Europe’s foremost experts in digital media for public services, tells us how social networking can help teachers share knowledge and best practices in the use of technology in the classroom. He also explains how synergies created by online social interaction can contribute to student engagement and success.

Excerpts from the interview:

“Some very compelling research shows that youngsters who have healthy online social lives also tend to have much healthier offline social lives than those who chose not to engage in social networking.

“Given the right media literacy of the individual concerned, social media can provide youngsters a really interesting space to share writing, to share thoughts, to reflect on quite serious issues, and to reflect on aspects of life.“

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You can reach Ewan McIntosh by email at ewan(at)

To produce this podcast, Ewan McIntosh was called in Edimburgh, Scotland. Skype, a software application computer to computer (no long distance fees), was used and the call was recorded with CallGraph (free recorder). The podcast was edited in Audacity (free audio editor).

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