Using Facebook as a student
As a student I prefer it as a communication tool. Last year my EdD class tried to use the discussion boards in Moodle but we felt there was a lack on spontaneity and even though I subscribed to the threads, I never received notification of posts. So we have moved to Facebook this year. Not only is it easier to communicate, but we also get more involved in each other's lives, outside of our study, which makes us feel closer as a group.
Using Facebook as a teacher
Again, as a teacher I have found that Facebook supports spontaneous communication compared to the BlackBoard discussion boards that I was using. I use it a lot to share information and links with students. But more exciting is that I see students supporting each other as they answer each other's questions and problem solve together. This has saved me work in the long run.
I haven't used Facebook in a more formal way, say for assessment. So I would love to hear from anyone who is using Facebook either as a teacher or student. What do you use it for? What is your experience? What tips would you pass on to a teacher thinking about how to use it in his teaching?
Here are a few resources about teaching and Facebook.
- 5 Best Practices for Educators on Facebook
- Educator's guide to Facebook
- 100 ways you should be using Facebook in your classroom
- Just to let you know...Facebook does not have the ability to cure cancer, solve global warming or make you a better teacher
- Using Facebook as a supplementary tool for teaching and learning
- Facebook in education
- How higher education uses social media