Social Media and Webwise Teachers (online)

Any teacher or school using social media will find this short course covers the essentials on how to manage your professional reputation and that of your school when using social media. It also has valuable advice for those engaging in social media for personal as well as professional use. This course will be of interest to those who have already completed the course on Safer Internet Use in the Classroom. It was developed with the Webwise (internet safety) team by PDST Technology in Education and may be suitable for ‘additional’ (Croke Park) hours, subject to school approval.

Duration1 hour
Skill LevelBasic
SectorPost-primary, Primary
Target AudienceAll primary and post primary teachers
PrerequisitesBasic ICT skills. Participants should have experience of carrying out basic ICT tasks (opening, editing, saving, closing files) and be proficient in using an Internet browser.

Online course availability, requirements and access

The course is delivered via Please go to/return to the Course Schedule for information on available dates. Enrolment links appear on once the course is open for enrolment (login first, then see the link labelled “Find links to enrol, here”).

Technical Requirements: A good broadband internet connection and a laptop, desktop pc or tablet (with the latest version of Chrome, Firefox or Safari installed).

Course Content

This course provides you with some key advice and recommendations on using social media as a teacher. The content includes:

  • Expert inputs and advice from the Webwise team
  • Key information and guidelines on a range of social media platforms
  • Guidance for teachers on using social media personally and professionally
  • Advice on dealing with issues that may arise for teachers using social media.

(Note: this course does not provide step by step instructions on how to use social media platforms.)

Learning Outcomes

Having completed this course, you will be enabled to:

  • Manage your professional reputation and that of your school when using social media
  • Maintain high standards of professional conduct when using the internet
  • Follow good practice safety guidelines when using social media in your personal life.