FACEBOOK 101

Posted on April 6, 2011

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Facebook isn’t just a great way for you to find old friends or learn about what’s happening this weekend. It is also proved to be an incredible learning tool. Teachers can utilize Facebook for class projects, for improving communication, and for engaging students in a manner that might not be entirely possible in traditional classroom settings.

In this article looks at how students are experimenting with a new application developed at the school level that integrates Facebook, Twitter, and text messaging to help educate students.

Check out the article here: Emerge Tech

Research has supported that the benefits of Facebook’s networking and social communication capabilities can benefit both the instructor and the student by tapping into a greater number of learning styles, providing an alternative to the traditional lecture format, creating an online classroom community, and increasing teacher-student and student-student interaction. Furthermore, creating opportunities for teachers in training to see, experience, can enhance teacher preparation and effectively model lessons learned on Facebook in their future classrooms.

On the other hand, to students using Facebook, there is a fake sense of privacy. This false sense of privacy with the feeling of secrecy and lack of social responsibility that often develops from using text-centered telecommunications, and we see that many students post embarrassing, humiliating, condescending and hurtful content in both text, photos and videos. The importance of using Facebook in the classroom is we need to learn that NOTHING IS PRIVATE online, especially their social networks.

I am currently enrolled in an online class here at Towson. I have past experience with online classes, especially with Blackboard being the foundation of online learning. But, this semester was the first time I have ever had a class be taught through Facebook. Instead of the typical blackboard discussion, the class had a page on Facebook where announcements were made, extra credit was given and exam dates were posted.

At first glance I found it appealing, I check Facebook a few times a day so having the class available in the same platform was easier to access. The communication factor of having Facebook as the foundation for the class was clear and easy to follow. Communication among the professor was a smooth transition, but I notice that I didn’t know what students were in my class. So for instance, if I wanted to contact a student for a question or a possible study session, it was almost impossible.

Overall, the idea is a good starting point for the engagement between students and teachers, but just like any other advance in technology there will be some bugs to be fixed in order to have a complete sense of learning throughout the online class.

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