Thursday’s Tip: Facebook in the Classroom

Yesterday, we shared some thought-provoking links in our “HD_Links” feature. One of those links was to a school district’s Facebook policies. Facebook is thought to be a decidedly-noneducational diversion among our social media choices. However, to make schooling relevant to our students and families, we have to meet them where they are. Our students (and their parents) are on Facebook.

According to the Council Bluffs Community School District Guidelines for Facebook™ as a Parent Communication Tool, here are a few ways you can use Facebook in your classroom:

  • Status updates are an example of authentic writing opportunities, a key component of learning to write with a purpose and for an audience.
  • We all want more parental involvement. Facebook provides many tools for making classroom communication easy and seamless.
  • In addition to opening up avenues of communication, Facebook users have the ability to invite other users with event invitations.
  • With pictures, links, and notes, it’s even easier for teachers to share exemplary student work.

Additionally, here are some other educational uses for Facebook:

  • Different classes can be organized using the new groups feature. Additionally, this new tool allows collaborative documents.
  • Discussion forums are available in the older groups allow for discussions to take place outside of the public wall.
  • Students could create fake or imaginary Facebook profiles for historical or literary figures.
  • The new group chat function would allow for students and teachers to have a discussion without being in the same room. Imagine the opportunities during the many snow days we’ve had this winter.

What are some other ways you could imagine using Facebook in your classroom?

Zac Early is an instructional specialist with the eMINTS National Center.