Harnessing the power of social media
Helping schools harness the power of social media is all in a day’s work for international educator and consultant Peter Sutton.
aving grown up in the Riverina, Peter Sutton studied his Diploma of General Primary Teaching at CSU in Bathurst before undertaking a teaching career that took him to Hong Kong and the United Arab Emirates. Since returning to Australia, Peter has worked with more than 250 schools to help them minimise the risks of social media while building strong connections with their local communities. Here, Peter explains how his new book, Social Remediation (co-written with his good friend, the late journalist Andrew Hughes), draws on his years of experience and reaffirms his love for education.
"It’s a hugely powerful medium and in the education sector especially, schools and universities and non-profits already have a captive audience, so it’s a fantastic way to engage."
I was originally a Wagga Wagga boy. I had started a degree at the University of Newcastle but it wasn’t a fit for me at all. So I started my Diploma of General Primary Teaching at Mitchell College in 1988. In my last year there we became Charles Sturt University. It was just a good, homely, easy place to be. It was friendly, easy to access, easy to make new friends and new networks. I really liked the cosiness of it. My best experience at CSU was having my mind opened up. I remember that during our course a lot of different people were brought in [as guest speaker] to reflect