Hon Elizabeth Constable MA(Syd) DipEd(UNE) MEd(Harvard) PhD(UWA) MLA

Hon Elizabeth Constable MA(Syd) DipEd(UNE) MEd(Harvard) PhD(UWA) MLA

Former Minister for Education

    Students to benefit from social media strategy

    26/09/2011 12:00 AM
    • Curriculum Council to communicate directly with students during exam period
    • Exam blog, Facebook and Twitter accounts to keep students up-to-date
    Western Australian Year 12 students will be able to use social media to keep up with the latest WACE examination information this year.

    More than 16,000 students are enrolled to sit at least one examination.

    Education Minister Liz Constable today launched the Curriculum Council’s new social media tools by sending a message of support to students via the new Facebook account.

    “The Curriculum Council can now communicate directly with students through the medium students choose,” Dr Constable said.

    “Year 12 students can use Facebook and Twitter to receive reminders about the exam timetable, study tips and updates direct from the professionals running their exams.

    “This opt-in system, which we will trial over the exam period, will allow those who want reminders and updates to receive them, fast.”

    Students and teachers will also be able to keep up with the latest news by checking the Curriculum Council’s WACE news blog on the Curriculum Council website.

    A survey of more than 200 year 12 students found that 85 per cent believed using social media would be a good way for the council to communicate directly with students.

    About 90 per cent of students surveyed said they used social media, with more than 98 per cent on Facebook. They said they would like to receive exam reminders, study hints and exam feedback via social media.

    In her message to students, the Minister urged students to balance study with family and social activities.

    “Good luck for your exams.  Plenty of preparation is important, but so is taking time for family and friends.  It’s about balance.  Education Minister Liz Constable.”

    The WACE practical examinations start on October 1, with written examinations on October 31.
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