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MirandaNet Fellowship Profiles (MirandaNet Archive - as of March 2015)
Twitter ID: @SharonMakewaves
Sharon Middleton: Radiowaves
Radiowaves is a small but innovative company that is already having impact in schools and is a finalist in this year's BETT Awards ICT Company of the Year category. Sharon has worked at Radiowaves since it started in 2004 supporting schools and education partners to use social media for learning. Following a career in the television industry and TEFL Teaching in Taiwan, Sharon strongly believes in the power of creative and social media as learning tools.
Radiowaves a free, safe social network for schools. Pupils can publish videos, blogs, podcasts and pictures, connect with each other and report on their world. Content is moderated with teacher tools and additional support. Radiowaves has 40,000+ members, 2,500+ schools in 23 countries.There is a genuine interest in schools today for using social media and online communication to deepen learning and share work with a global audience. This enthusiasm is coupled with an anxiety around how to do it safely. Radiowaves aims to support schools to use social media for learning in a way that is relevant and fun for young people and supported for teachers.
“Radiowaves is representative of the real world communication tools that children and young people are using. It is at the cutting edge and this is what our pupils expect. The use of ICT in this way for learning would not have happened in our schools without Radiowaves. It has given such a range and number of people in Fife a real start in getting to grips with this type of technology. Radiowaves is bright, child friendly and in a language that pupils understand.” Peter Wright, education officer, Fife Council
Radiowaves works with partners such as The Imperial War Musuem, Parliaments Education Service, The BRITs, World Wildlife Fund and Youth Sports Trust to provide exciting national projects, opportunities and a relevant audience for young people to connect, contribute and interactive with safely online.
School case study - detailing how social media and online reporting can have a real impact on the learning and lives of young people: https://www.radiowaves.co.uk/story/302154/title/catmosecollegecasestudy
To set up your free school station go to www.radiowaves.co.uk/join
If you have any questions about using Radiowaves or would like to discuss any ideas feel free to contact Sharon at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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