As a teacher, you may know what social networks can represent in a classroom environment: distraction. However, this is exactly why they are, for teachers who know how to use them, powerful and useful tools.
Facebook is a completely free social network available on the web for, computers, smartphones, tablets, etc. with impressive possibilities. Every one of 13+ can get an account. You can choose to upload pictures and information that you want to create your profile or web identity. You can; add friends to follow their Facebook activity, join groups, share information and files to whomever you want and have private messaging. For more details, click here.
Facebook has a great importance in students’ life. It has become an actual part of their social life. It is on every of their electronic devices and they are able to access it everywhere. Considering using it for educational purposes is considering taking education to the core of what they estimate. It improves their learning experience by making it concrete to them. Not only does it take teaching trough pupil’s interests, but it also gives you instant access with them. (Discussed with Mark Miller (pro-tic) during a lecture)
MY CLASSROOM ON FACEBOOK?
Actually yes! Many teachers claim Facebook’s efficiency in teaching and use it to share their experience with other teachers online (https://www.facebook.com/education). Facebook features allow you to create a special and private environment for your own classroom including only you and your students.
DO I CLICK ON THIS? or HOW?
Creating a Facebook group is a great idea. (Find out how here)
Over it, you can have a class forum hosted by the teacher for pupils to help each other’s and interact. You can share files, links, information for assignments, etc. It can become a formative or evaluative tool about their post. There are plenty of ideas to help teachers use it creatively.
Facebook is a person based social network and by having a Facebook relation with your students you should keep in mind you have to be professional. (Public image, privacy). The teacher has responsibilities towards what he sees on Facebook and the interactions that he has and hosts. School information (like grades) should remain a school thing and teachers and students should not become friends to limit privacy. It is also important to set rules with students about the Facebook experience and to educate pupils for a right cyber life. For more information on how to be a safe teacher on Facebook, please see this
FACEBOOK USERS, LIFE USERS
The education through Facebook give students a great experience in many aspects of their lives. It shows them to construct their identity (profile), to exercise critical judgement (what they post, what they trust or not from others), to cooperate with other’s (teamwork, sharing and mutual help on forum), to communicate appropriately (public posts) and to be creative and discover new things. That is why I say, if a Facebook classroom is well led, why not do it?