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Category: Blogging and Social Media Tool
Facebook is one of the most popular social networks. Although it was not created for educational purposes, it has great potential to improve the learning experience of students. Instructors can share course resources, fire up discussions, promote collaborations, improve relationships between students and incorporate an array of learning tools (such as videos, images, boards and discussions).
3 Reasons to use Facebook:
- Communication on Facebook is very powerful. If you need to reach out to students or colleagues the message will be in their pocket within seconds, no matter where they are trying to hide.
- Facebook is an ideal platform for improving language skills. Students get a priceless opportunity to practice reading and writing in English. They can see the need to improve their English in order to explain themselves properly.
- Many older students and parents already have Facebook on their phones and tablets, they have constant access to course information without having to log in to a completely different system.
Here are just a few of the possibilities with Facebook:
- Create closed groups. Participants will enter only by invitation and no one else will be able to see the contents, discussions, posts etc. inside the group.
- Create polls to receive feedback about a course or a program they are thinking of implementing, to request the opinion of their audience on a specific topic, or even to generate statistics
- Create questionnaires to comprehend the likes, dislikes and interests of their current or future students and build the course around them.
- Upload course contents, material and resources in their account or the closed group they created.
- Use all available learning and communication multimedia tools Facebook offers. There can be videos, presentations, images, pictures, discussion groups, chats, private messaging, sharing, liking, highlighting and promoting.
- Create a friendly learning atmosphere where students to introduce themselves, connect and collaborate
Interested in finding out more about Facebook and how you can use it your class or lecture room? We have completed a pedagogic assessment of this tool which details its strengths and weaknesses based on its potential for innovative teaching strategies.
We collected and created some exemplar videos which include tutorials, case studies of educators using this tool and more. Click to watch and learn.
Step 2: You will need to be at least 13 years old to create a Facebook account.
Step 3: Click on ‘Sign Up’, and enter your personal information, for example name, date of birth, and country of origin.
Step 4: A verification email will be sent directly to you, click the link on the email which will take you to the next stage.
Step 5: Edit your profile
Step 6: Choose a starter template, which will act as the basic design/layout of your blog.
Step 7: Click “Start Blogging” and “New Post” to create your first new blog post
Now that you know all about Facebook – it’s time to get going and test it out!
Login to Facebook and go to www.facebook.com/groups
Create a Facebook group for your class where you can:
- post assignments
- make announcements
- remind students about important deadlines
Your learners can use it to:
- ask and answer questions
- extend the classroom discussion beyond the classroom