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Becoming a Social Media Marketing Lecturer

I would like to formally announce my appointment as a Social Media Marketing Lecturer.

It is one of the biggest achievements of my career and I am very excited to be given this opportunity to lecture in Social Media Marketing for Fashion students. I am busily trying to develop my curriculum and course structure before the classes officially beginning at the end of July. I will be looking into creating and developing content on Social Networks, audience behaviour and marketing.

I am also looking for any small fashion companies that would like to be featured in my classes, as I have a strong Educational Philosophy of learning by example. Please contact me if you have a fantastic Case Study.

Hopefully I will be able to have time to create more blog posts, as I have a few up my sleeve. So please stay tuned.

“Education is the forefront of change.” 





7 Ways Teachers Use Social Media in the Classroom

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Teaching and learning and striking and living.

Today was the Australian Education Union’s second strike for 2012. It was fantastic to see so many teachers, ES staff and Principals at the rally. We reached numbers of 15,000 or so.

Walking up the road in my red union shirt, we merged with 1000s of teachers who have given up a day’s pay to be apart of the strike. Immediately we notice that we are some of the young ones as most of the teaching profession is mature aged workers, and of those teachers the majority were women. (The aging population of teachers is something the industry is going to suffer with if graduates are not staying in the job.)

I kept thinking as I walked towards the gates of Rod Laver Arena, that I had a pile of marking on my bench that I could be getting done. But that was a thought for tomorrow, when I spent my free periods on IT work that I used to get three days for.

The truth about teaching is that we do get 12 weeks of holidays per year. But that doesn’t mean that those holidays aren’t without sacrifice. During the reporting period I work about 38 hours over my weekends trying desperately to get my reports done. Currently I teach 6 classes of 25 students, that’s something like a total of 150 students and 150 individualized reports. We do this twice a year.

Then there is the exam writing, marking and reporting. Another tedious process that could easily take up another week of our time, and this does not even include the amount of correction during the year. I have currently five English classes and they all can be writing essays at the same time. It is a nightmare.

So yes we do get holidays, but I would argue that we have already worked them before we physically get them. So the flimsy idea that they are ‘holidays’ and that we do not deserve them is ridiculous.

It also frustrates me intensely when people tell us that we only work from 9-3pm. This is again ridiculous. Over the past year I have worked more 12hour days than I have in my life. Leaving school at 8pm. On normal days I am not normally out before 5pm and I am not even a student manager.

I am also frustrated when people say that we are not professionals. Or are not seen as a professional workforce. To this I reply; we work in academia. We are academics and we a more educated than most of the population. Conversely I am always sitting next to someone with a PHD, a Masters or a Graduate Diploma. About 90% of us have more than one degree and yet we are not ‘seen’ as  professional.

I do agree that we do not live in the ‘real world’. But in saying that ,we also do not get to have ‘real world’ dinner parties, luncheons and events. We are constricted by bells and structured by timetables. On holidays I barely know when it is time to go to the toilet or eat.

As I bring you back to today’s rally, where in the seats in front of me sat a lady doing English correction, whilst Mary Bluett rambles on in the background. She sits there marking essays and not getting paid for it. Not a cent. If that is not commitment to students and the teaching profession then I don’t know what is?

I congratulate all my comrades for turning up in red today to show their support for not just better pay but improvements in working conditions. The reality is that if the Victorian Education System does not meet the conditions in NSW we will loose 1000s of qualified teachers.

More than pay, we want funding. Currently Private Education is funded more significantly than Public Education and you can see that when you walk around the buildings of my school. But at over $20,000 a year in school fees, unless I marry rich, Private Education will not be an option for my future children. So therefore we must invest in Public Education.

Come on Ted. It’s time to pay up.

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Real VS Social in the 21st Century

“Welcome to the world of Big Brother!” He says. Alas, we have finally arrived to the destination described by George Orwell in his novel ‘1984’.

The 21st Century brings constructive development in the movement from privatization into the public sphere. Who are we? And why do we exist has never been so far away from the Enlightenment Thinkers of the 18th Century. Now, we gravitate between the real world and the social world. Moreover, the two coexist as consistent parameters of civilization.


It is evident that teaching is a game for Court Jesters. One must perform consistently under alias from the modern world. ‘Mr, Mrs, Sir, Madam’. The naming is irreverent the context is similar. As a teacher, you only exist within the gates of the school yard.

The increase of Social Media has opened our eyes to information sharing and marketing on a whole new level. It has also opened the flood gates for a variety of different problems for the teaching profession. How can we exist professionally and socially?

This indeed leads me to my own personal development of a pseudonym. A name that reflects nothing of my personal identity but has developed into a recognizable and welcome precursor. A personal Enlightenment journey has led to understand the existence of ‘Mango’, does not burden me… As yet.

# Teachers can have social profiles.

# Teachers can not have inappropriate content on their page, by inappropriate I refer to alcohol related activities.

# Teachers can use social media as innovative teaching practices.

# Teachers can not have students as friends.

# Teachers must understand that by default association they have a public profile and their digital footprint affects the school as a whole.

# Teachers can not live as people, but as walking advertisements of a Sir and Madam Education Institution.


So, when did teachers cease to be people? And when did this Duty of Care take a hold of my oxygen?

It is this fear that has led me to walk in another career direction. To develop my professional identity as an entity of it’s own.

The expectations are clear, no digital dossier is the only option. So, what do you do if you the social world is where you want to move into? What if your digital footprint becomes too recognizable that it impacts your professional image?

“To be or not to be?” That is still the universal question. Shakespeare poses this fundamental question timelessly and we still have no answer.

I do hope that some concessions develop before the explosion of the social world dictates reality, or worse the Industrial Revolution Education System fails to acknowledge the children of the 21st Century.(1)


I hope that privacy settings still allow us to remain private. That we can exist socially without the fear of a leaked professional image.

The answer: ‘do not create social profiles’. For those of you who think you escape the social realm, you do not. The existence of your friends and family having profiles will leave you traceable on the Internet. By default you exist without consent. Facebook’s Facial Recognition will enable tracking of faces to be catalogued.

Say goodbye to reality and welcome to a heightened social connectiveness.

“We believe in ourselves because we hope to believe.” ~Mango