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The world is changing. With technological advancement comes a shift in how we communicate and even greater shifts in the underlying structures and functions of society. There is no doubting the impact of societal advancements on children and young people and, consequently, the implications for educators.
Digital technology and social media sets out to explore what it means to be literate in todayís society, the implications for policy and how technology can be used in our classrooms to ensure all children have the opportunity to become informed, involved and responsible citizens.
The paper includes case studies based on the real experiences of student and NQ members using digital technology and social media in their teaching and learning, as well as a practical checklist to be used by those working in schools and colleges.
The paper stemmed from an ATL Future motion to Conference 2011, and is based on research gathered over the last 12 months. But the work on the topic is far from complete with the paperís publication Ė the goal now is to provoke further discussion with the wider ATL membership.
ATL members are being invited to share their own experience of using digital technology and social media as a tool for teaching and learning. Alongside the research already carried out, this debate will inform future ATL work and perhaps a publication or a sample draft policy.
Please share your views on digital technology and social media in the classroom by emailing the ATL Future steering group at email@example.com. You can also provide more in-depth case studies of technology use in teaching, using the case study questions at the back of the paper.