Assignment 1B: Student Media Tools

We have researched Facebook as an educational online media tool that allows collaboration and group work activities. Our evaluation of Facebook analyzed the followings

  • Ease of use
  • Confidentiality of content and discussion
  • Transferability and scrubbability
  • Appropriateness for academic use

We would like you to give us your feedback and to share your experience with Facebook.

Discussion Questions

  1. Have you ever used Facebook in your classes?
  2. What do you think are the best uses of Facebook in education?
  3. Do you have any ideas to the use of images and videos?
  4. Any liked educational pages? Authors?
  5. Do you have a Facebook account? A Facebook group?
  6. What are the best practices of using Facebook groups in for your classes?
  7. Any other tips on how to use Facebook in your classes?

Thanks,
Yehia & Andrea

 



25 Comments so far

  1.    ymahmoud on November 8, 2016 3:44 am      Reply

    1. Have you ever used Facebook in your classes?

    •    Nic on November 9, 2016 1:35 am      Reply

      On this topic as far as I know FB is prohibited in my district.

    •    lkondos on November 11, 2016 10:08 pm      Reply

      I have never given it any thought, to be honest. It is such a powerful social media platform, that I have always only associated it with social interaction.

    •    mfarooq on November 12, 2016 5:21 am      Reply

      Have you ever used Facebook in your classes?
      >>> I have never used facebook in my class. There are two reasons, one is blocked in China and secondly, I think it has too many distractions

      Do you have any ideas to the use of images and videos?
      Images and videos are great to ignite students’ minds. Images and videos raise many questions and students become curious to answer those.

    •    Kelly on November 13, 2016 9:06 pm      Reply

      I have never used Facebook in any class nor would I consider using it as I think their are better platforms and it has a lot of privacy concerns for me (I’m not a Facebook user due to these concerns). I think Facebook is helpful to organize student groups for fundraising or for social events however most of these uses are student motivated and occurs outside of the classroom. (Post-secondary)

    •    Sasha on November 14, 2016 7:20 am      Reply

      I’ve never used Facebook in my class. I myself very rarely use it and because of that I’m not familiar with all of it’s features. I do know that my students are using it along with a lot of other addicting apps.

  2.    ymahmoud on November 8, 2016 3:47 am      Reply

    2. What do you think are the best uses of Facebook in education?

    •    Nic on November 9, 2016 1:39 am      Reply

      Having not used it in education myself, nor talked with anyone about educational uses I’m not too sure. The ideas you presented sound good – polling, group questioning, communicating, saving time because students already know and use the platform, however I think I still feel fearful about the safety of information shared this way and again of the long-term consequences for students who are not responsible with some of their online behaviours. On a personal note, I’ve certainly benefited this year (this summer I became quite active online with FB) by group sharing of good recipes and have improved my “working mom” skills in the kitchen because of the “fast videos” sharing how to do easy, healthy recipes. Perhaps this could be adapted to sharing how to do rote math skills, and other things that could be fast-forwarded and shared quickly in an educational context.

      •    aober on November 13, 2016 6:07 pm      Reply

        Hi Nic,

        Your apprehension to use Facebook because of the safety of information shared and fear for the long-term consequences of students who are not using it responsibly are very understandable and important in this conversation. I love your suggestions for accessing groups and sharing videos that could be fast-forwarded!

    •    lkondos on November 11, 2016 10:19 pm      Reply

      When I was tutoring, I started a Facebook page to teach short lessons, like the difference between “i.e.” vs. “e.g.” I posted videos or links to online quizzes, but students directed their own learning. It was not an interactive platform, but simply a conveyer of information. I got “likes” and “shares,” and the odd comment. Since I started teaching, I have slowed down my activity on this page. I have (to support my previous statement) never thought of using it as an interactive platform.

      •    aober on November 13, 2016 6:15 pm      Reply

        Louise,

        Thank you for sharing a way in which you used Facebook for educational purposes! Using a page is a great way to share knowledge with your students, and also between educators. Perhaps your page might serve other educators as well!

    •    Sasha on November 14, 2016 7:33 am      Reply

      Although I’ve never done it, but maybe you could get parents involved with a Facebook page. A lot of parents already have an account so joining in could be an easy setup.

  3.    ymahmoud on November 8, 2016 3:52 am      Reply

    3. Do you have any ideas to the use of images and videos?

    •    Nic on November 9, 2016 1:40 am      Reply

      See above comment.

  4.    ymahmoud on November 8, 2016 3:52 am      Reply

    4. Any liked educational pages? Authors?

  5.    ymahmoud on November 8, 2016 3:53 am      Reply

    5. Do you have a Facebook account? A Facebook group?

    •    Nic on November 9, 2016 1:41 am      Reply

      I’ve recently become active in a coaching-style group and really like the weekly posts and comments. I think for students doing group work and sharing ideas, this type of group support might work well.

      •    aober on November 9, 2016 8:23 pm      Reply

        That’s a fantastic idea, Nic. Would it be possible for you to share the name of the coaching-style group? Is it open to everyone?

    •    Kelly on November 13, 2016 9:10 pm      Reply

      I use to be an active member on Facebook however I removed my account about 5 years ago and haven’t returned to it and don’t plan on returning.
      On occasion I use Facebook for work (not related to education) as we have a business page where we interact with our clients and display new products and promotions. I don’t have much involvement with this but occasionally check to see what content we’re promoting so I share it verbally with our clients or encourage them to “like” our page.

  6.    ymahmoud on November 8, 2016 3:53 am      Reply

    6. What are the best practices of using Facebook groups in for your

  7.    ymahmoud on November 8, 2016 3:54 am      Reply

    7. Any other tips on how to use Facebook in your classes?

    •    aober on November 9, 2016 8:28 pm      Reply

      One of my favourite features of Facebook is the save function in my news feed. I love that I don’t need to go to specific educational pages to view their content and if something interesting pops up that I’d like to check out later I can just save it. Does anyone else use this function often?

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