Even though Facebook is very well known for the social networking use, it is no longer a secret that it can increase productivity in classroom and education in general.
Social networking is actually use of social media in order to communicate online with family, friends or for business purpose with clients or partners. Some of themost famous social networks are Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest etc. But why to use them only for social or business purposes?
The world is changing rapidly and therefore education and teaching should go along with technology development in order to adapt activities and teaching methods to students. The result will be more motivated students, cooperative and more creative.
Examples of using Facebook in the classroom
Even if you are still not using Facebook in your classroom, at least try to consider it as an educational tool.
Private Facebook group
As a teacher, you have the opportunity to create a Facebook group for your class. As all the groups on Facebook have manageable privacy settings, your group can be private, only for the specific class you teach in order to share information between your students.
Students can easily get distracted from learning so Facebook polls are a great way to engage your students and get them pay attention on class materials.
Sharing educational content
If you want to share some additional links regarding your teaching content, Facebook is a great way to do it. You can share articles, videos, documents, case studies etc.
Connecting and networking
If you are a teacher of an online, global class, Facebook is a great way for connection of your students so they can share their experience.
Pros and cons
There are numerous potential benefits of Facebook usage in education, both for students and teachers. The communication between those two groups can be enhanced, as well as both groups can develop computer literacy even more.
Most of the companies are already on Facebook, so if students join the community early in their education, they can already connect with companies too.
Remind yourself that some of the students you might teach aren’t tech savvy as you might be, so if you encourage them to use Facebook, you are actually helping them to become a part of this digital world we are living in.
Facebook is a great way for delivering teaching content and that should be it’s primarly use in education.
As everything on the Internet, Facebook can also have it’s bad part. For some students Facebook can be a great deal of distraction. Not only that, as a teacher you won’t know who actually pay attention and who is not. More over, Some students are very fond of idea of creating fake profiles what can sometimes end as a cyberbullying.
Find out more about social media for education and it’s pros and cons on this useful links: