20 Ways to use Facebook in the Classroom
20 Ways to use a Facebook Fan Page in the Classroom
Facebook has changed the way people interact. By creating a Fan Page, teachers can connect with students beyond the assigned class time WITHOUT becoming a friend. While some may use Facebook as a learning management system (there are much better, more efficient systems available) or integrate some of the many apps available within Facebook, these suggestions focus on using the basic Facebook Wall:
- Share links about class content
- Build rapport with students in their world
- Build anticipation for upcoming lessons
- Create an ongoing, year-to-year community of students and former students
- Encourage students to share links and resources
- Encourage former students to share links and resources
- Drive students and parents to your classroom content-based website by sharing links
- Post photographs and videos of students “in action”
- Continue discussions started in class
- Broaden discussions in one class to multiple classes and former students
- Schedule events - movie nights, review sessions, field trips, etc.
- Encourage parents to follow so they can have a window to your classroom
- Model and expect academic / professional behavior
- Share student work and ask for comments
- Post at times that will get a high volume of views (8pm-10pm)
- Provide incentives for students to check out the wall (extra credit, etc.)
- Make it part of your class routine - project at the beginning of class, use it as your primary method to deliver announcements digitally, refer to it in class, etc.
- Post videos files directly into Facebook
- Insert podcasts by sharing a link - they will play within Facebook.
- Make video introductions using your web cam directly into Facebook