At its start, Facebook was once exclusively for college students. But as it has grown in popularity and become adopted by everyone from grad students to grandmas, its usefulness has grown, too. Educators are beginning to realize the powerful potential that Facebook has in the classroom, not as a distraction, but as a collaborative learning tool. While some schools and instructors may be wary of inviting such a temptingly fun procrastination platform into their classrooms, others have seen great benefits in using social media. How can Facebook benefit your class?
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- Facebook is fun: Almost every student is familiar with Facebook, and most are excited to be able to use the site for collaborative learning.
- It’s free: Schools pay thousands of dollars for collaboration, digital storage, and communication systems, but Facebook does all of these things — for free.
- Students are simply more connected: Many teachers are familiar with Blackboard and other classroom community systems, but students typically only check in when necessary, while students are often checking Facebook multiple times per day.
- Calendars and events are easy to share: Remind students of important dates and events right where they hang out — on Facebook.
- Students will learn 21st century skills: A study from the University of Minnesota discovered that social networking sites like Facebook help students practice the skills they need to be successful in the 21st century.
- Students want to share beyond the classroom: Facebook and other social media tools open up the possibility for students to share what they’ve learned not just with their fellow students, but with the world.
- Online resources are even more convenient: Posting links on your classroom wall makes it easy for students to read them, and share interesting finds as well.
- Students can use Facebook productively: Most students use Facebook to procrastinate or catch up with friends, but using it in the classroom will help them see the tool in a different light.
- Absent students stay in the loop: Students who can’t make it to class can stay updated using the classroom Facebook group.
- Campus clubs have a simple forum: Students in extracurricular activities can use Facebook to stay in touch and keep everyone updated.
- You can schedule daily learning activities: Sign up your classroom Facebook group for a word of the day, or history lesson of the day to utilize a learning point that can be enjoyed together and referenced later.
- Facebook encourages collaboration rather than cliques: Everyone can speak up and work together on Facebook, where students may be held back socially in the classroom.
- There’s an opportunity to discuss appropriate use: Set students up for success in social media by discussing appropriate ways to use it.
- Facebook creates a social bond: Teachers and students can benefit from the social bond created by interaction on Facebook.
- Students can get access to extra assignments: Instructors can post extra credit assignments-or just fun activities students can pick up.
- Review material is easily organized: By tagging important items, you can easily collect links, photos, notes, and other resources that are essential for pre-exam review, which is useful for instructors as well as students.
- It’s great for professional development: Students aren’t the only ones who can benefit from using Facebook. Teachers can use it for professional development, too.
- Students can listen more actively: Students may passively listen to lectures, but interactively using Facebook will result in active learning.
- Parents can be more involved: Share lunch menus, important reminders, activities, events, closings, and special notes via a Facebook Page for your classroom.
- Class resources are available anywhere: Students can read notes and assignments anywhere they can find the Internet when they’re posted on Facebook.
DO YOU AGREE WITH ANY OF THESE POINT…LET ME HEAR YOUR CONCERNS…
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