Facebook in class ?! Why not !?

Hi devoted readers

Once again I’m sharing you some information about how to use technology in education. Let me first ask you a question: What is the most popular thing in the world right now? McDonald’s? Lady Gaga? The answer is quite simple: Facebook. Everywhere you go in the world, every people you meet, almost everyone knows Facebook and a majority of them has an account. Did you guys know that 552 millions of people log on their Facebook account every day! Maybe it will look bigger written like this: 552 000 000! I confess myself I’m one of them. By the way here’s where I found my fascinating_stats about_Facebook

A big problem in today’s education system according to me is getting students motivated or at least interested. When laptops and cellphones are allowed in class at college and university, how can you keep your students focused for a whole 3 hour period? I’m a future teacher, but I’m currently a university student. I see a lot of things that teachers don’t. For example: students do not bring their laptop exclusively for academic contents. Most of them (once again I must confess myself) go surf on Facebook or on twitter, watch their mail. Anything is better than looking at the back of a teacher writing on a board without any interactions with his students. Why not use the most popular social network of all time in classrooms? Why not get students interested and motivated by using a free mean that is so easy to use?

That is why I suggest that Facebook becomes part of our educational system. There are of course some rules to follow in order to optimize Facebook’s use. The educational blog helped me. However, if you’re too lazy to read everything, here’s a short summary. Creating a teacher account is essential; you surely don’t want your students to enter your personal life. Modify your security settings so that students can only see what you want them to see. Create specific group of students to whom you want to share what you need to share. Check everything you post twice, to make sure there aren’t any mistakes or inappropriate content. If you follow these easy steps, everything should work just fine.

One thing that I found out reading on the internet is that adding your students as friends with your “safe account” has one big benefit: your students won’t change their security settings just because they added you. You can find out a lot about students, their interests for example and you can use those pieces of information to motivate them. They like to play football? Try to use that as an advantage, use football examples. The best way to involve children is to motivate them and getting to know them is the first step. This is only one idea that I found on the  ultimate guide to use facebook in education.

Another interesting thing about using Facebook is that interactions between students will develop way more faster than if they were just listening and talking with the teacher. Students will be pleased to share their opinions, because that’s what they basically do every day on Facebook. Moreover, students can easily get engaged in their learning outside of the school.

In sum, Facebook is used every day by millions of students. It has so many benefits that people should consider. I suggest every teacher to at least reflect on the idea. Maybe they could get more participation and their students could get better grades. Who knows, Facebook can do a lot of things…

P.s. There is a video that is not directly linked with Facebook but it represents the vision of students that is pretty up to date. I found this short video really interesting.

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