Facebook in the Classroom
Class Facebook Group
Are you tired of Blackboard errors, or are you unfamiliar with the discussion forum environment entirely? If so, you will find a class Facebook group much easier to use, especially if you already use Facebook. In your class, you can use the Facebook group for class discussions. If you are taking a face-to-face course, you can read the material assigned and post and discuss with your classmates about the reading assignment before coming to class. Thus, your professor will address specific aspects of the text that you all did not discuss or understand. No longer will time be wasted on matters students already understand, but instead, more focus can be put on difficulties students found in the assigned reading.
Get started on your Facebook Class Page:
Once you have setup your Facebook account, you may begin creating a page for your class. Here, is a small slideshow and a video to guide you through the process.
According to Facebook, “Causes helps passionate people share ideas, find supporters, and make an impact.” So if this describes you, create or support a cause related to writing or education, and invite your professor and fellow classmates to join the cause as well. Start making a difference today!
Example: You may want to join and encourage your classmates to join the cause to “Reduce Your Student Debt Through Crowd Influence.”
Do you often need a couple of reminders regarding deadlines for papers, discussions, tests, and so on? Do reminders alleviate your forgetfulness and motivate you to finish your assignments in a timely manner? If so, you will certainly benefit from class reminders in your class Facebook group. Your professor can provide status updates about upcoming assignments, deadlines, or changes about the course requirements, time, location, and so on. This can also turn into a class Q & A session, for you can respond to the class reminder status updates with any questions that come up regarding the announcements.
How would you like feedback from your classmates on your creative or analytical writing? Maybe you are working on a paper that’s just not quite ready to submit. If you post the rough draft in the Facebook note section, your fellow classmates—if your class has a class Facebook group—can provide you with helpful feedback on progressing and improving your writing. In addition to posting your writing, you can also ask questions about the paper’s direction or specific inquiries about areas of which you need guidance.
Have you composed a paper or book you are considering to publish? Are you seeking your professors’ and/or peers insight and feedback but just have not found the right outlet to share your potential masterpiece? The Facebook note section might be the place for you. You can make the posted note viewable only to the Facebook users you select, so your precious work will not be exposed to the entire worldwide web. And your fellow writing experts can provide you with the guidance you need to finalize your publishable text.
Lastly, the Facebook note section can be used as a writing journal. Perhaps your professor provides weekly writing topics for which all students are expected to respond. You can submit your weekly responses in the Facebook note section and make them viewable to your professor and peers.
Facebook For Educators
Facebook for Educators is a group created by Linda Fogg Phillips, Derek Baird, M.A., & BJ Fogg, Ph.D. and
provides information that is currently available through a free site for educators who are interested in creating Facebook accounts for their classroom environment. This site includes step-by-step guidelines, tips, and procedures to enhance your Facebook experience.
Additionally, the Facebook for Educators Facebook Page is an account available to "follow" for those who
have a Facebook account and are interested in viewing updates for informative articles and additional resources to be used in the classroom.
How do I . . .
create a Facebook account
For APA citations:
cite Facebook general statement in APA
cite a Fan Page, Group Page, and profile information in APA
cite in a particular post from Facebook in APA
For MLA citations:
cite Facebook in MLA?
Additional Examples for Classroom Facebook Page Assignments:
After a reading, have your classroom create Facebook pages to develop an interactive discussion board and characters.
How to Follow a Facebook Cause:
Facebook Cause pages can help your classroom stay updated and raise awareness on special topics and interests.
Manage Important Information with Status Updates:
Want to keep your classroom prepared and help organize their assigned tasks? Take advantage of these tips for class reminders on Facebook.
Enhance Online Discussion for the Classroom:
Participation is important for an online discussion to be successful. Facebook "Notes" can create an interactive envirnoment where students can share information and communicate through multimedia options.
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