I was interviewed for a story on Adelaide’s Channel 7 News last night (thanks Roscoe Whalan):
The story revolved around some South Australian students sitting their NAPLAN (National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy) test yesterday who shared #naplan images on Instagram. These ranged from pre-exam selfies to images of the exam papers. Students had captions where they bemoaned sitting exams … to put it mildly.
Lots of the children appeared to be of primary school age. NAPLAN tests are run for students in years 3, 5, 7 and 9.
Most of the students no doubt shared the images as a form of solidarity, to alleviate some exam stress, and also to enjoy a sense that they’re not alone in how they feel about the NAPLAN. I think that’s a sensational use of social media, and a big reason for why social media has thrived – that sense that we can build community and rely on online friends.
It is surprising however that students were able to have smartphones in the exam rooms and snap images of the papers.
Young people enjoy sites like Instagram and Tumblr, where image sharing and reblogging is quick and easy.
I think it’d be terrific if the education sector could look at doing positive things with this such as participating in the #naplan Instagram stream itself. It could share quick study tips or reminders (being mindful of course of the culture and language that resonates with students).
What do you think?