HOW TO USE SOCIAL MEDIA IN THE EFL CLASSROOM
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Blogs, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, podcasts, YouTube, Pinterest, StumbleUpon … there are many ways social media is involved in our and our students’ daily lives. It’s no secret that our students spend a lot of time on social media and if teachers don’t realise it can be used in the classroom, this can be a wasted learning opportunity.
If you are one of those teachers who does not take advantage of social media in our classrooms, here are a few tips on how to do it:
Devise reading tasks on a few different blogs. Allow your students time to read their assigned blog and complete the tasks to ensure comprehension. Rearrange the students into groups so that each student in the group has read a different blog. The students then report back to the other students on what they have read and decide if they would be interested in following that particular blog.
Start a class blog
Set up a blog for the class. Each week a different student can contribute a blog post on a topic of their choice. Allow time during class for the other students to read the blog and post comments. If you make the blog public (with your students’ permission) you can post the blog posts to appropriate Facebook groups and possibly reach other English language learners.
Predict the story
Choose a few tweets from an appropriate news site referring to a current event. Show your students these tweets. In groups they must try to predict the remaining details of the story. Once you have discussed their ideas, you can tell them the real story behind the tweet. This is a great warmer to talk about current events.
Create a class group. Decide what the aim of the group is – for example, to practise specific language structures, as a resource for materials, for language questions, to discuss certain topics or to chat about social outings. Because our students are so active on social media, this provides them with a safe space to practise their language online.
A word of warning
It is impossible to supervise every move your students make on social media. If you are working with younger students, you need to make them aware of the dangers of social media. Remind them not to share personal information online with anyone and encourage them to stick to the activity in question. If you make use of these social media activities in the classroom, try to monitor your students’ activity to make sure they are staying on-task and are not being distracted by other online sites.
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Right to object to processing
You have the right to object to the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD processing your personal data in the following circumstances:
Personal information used for direct marketing
If we are using your personal information to send you direct marketing, you have the right to object at any time. If you exercise this right, we will stop processing your personal information for direct marketing purposes. However, we may keep your information on a “suppression list” to ensure your information is not added to any marketing lists at some point in the future.
Automated decision making and profiling
- ‘Profiling’ is the automated use of personal data held on a computer to analyse or predict things that have a legal effect, or other similarly significant effects, on the individual. Examples would include economic situation, health, personal preferences or interests and location. You have the right not to be subject to a solely automated decision (that is, a decision made electronically, with no human intervention), and this may include profiling (although there is no general right to object to profiling). If you are concerned the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD has made a solely automated decision about you, you can object.
- Please note, ELEARNING FUTURES LTD is allowed to carry out automated decisions with no human intervention where you have given your explicit consent to this processing (although you have the right to withdraw your consent).
- We are also permitted to make automated decisions with no human intervention in the following circumstances:
- The automated decision is necessary to enter into, or perform a contract, or complete a contract involving you and the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD.
- The automated decision is allowed under a law passed at the European Union level, or at the level of the European Union or EEA member state level (i.e., is allowed under national law). The law will provide safeguards to protect your rights and freedoms.
However, you still have a general right to object in both of the above circumstances, providing reasons why you think the processing is having a negative effect on you. If you do object, we will carefully consider your reasons, and decide whether to review the decision-making process in your specific case.
Right to data portability
- If you have provided your information to ELEARNING FUTURES LTD, you have the right to request and receive a copy of that information in a structured, commonly used and machine-readable format.
- You also have the right to ask us to send the information we hold about you to another organisation.
- There are some situations in which the right to data portability does not apply. For further information, please contact us.
Exercising your rights concerning the processing of your personal information
If you wish to exercise any of the above rights concerning the way in which we process your personal information, please contact:
Risk Management Team
ELEARNING FUTURES LTD,
21-22 Old Steine,
Email: [email protected]
Your right to complain to a national data protection regulator (data protection supervisory authority)
- If you think we have processed your personal information unfairly or unlawfully, or we have not complied with your rights under GDPR, you have the right to complain to a national data protection regulator.
- Complaints about how we process your personal information can be considered by the data protection regulator.