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Educational uses of Facebook

Page history last edited by msrobocinski 10 years, 4 months ago

Facebook and Education

 

 


 

 

One of the most popular social networks is Facebook. Facebook has millions of users, as well as hundreds of companies and institutions who use Facebook as a marketing tool. The benefit of on-line social networks is the amount of people a user can communicate with. A unique feature of Facebook is the thousands of applications that users can use to either interact with others or to use on their own. These applications, also known as apps, vary from fun interaction games to specialized tools that can be used for business or education.

 

Besides the use of university profiles on Facebook, teachers and professors have begun to use Facebook as a tool in the classroom. Steve Kolowich, a writer for the Inside Higher ED website, states “The data suggest that 80 percent of professors, with little variance by age, have at least one account with either Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Skype, LinkedIn, MySpace, Flickr, Slideshare, or Google Wave. Nearly 60 percent kept accounts with more than one, and a quarter used at least four” (Kolowich, 2010). Educators can use Facebook to update students about assignments, quizzes, and any schedule changes. Students can use Facebook to communicate with other students about class assignments and work together Facebook’s group feature.

 

The following YouTube videos show how educators use Facebook today.

 

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Related Links

 

20 Facebook Applications that can be used for school.

 

How Professors use Facebook

 

Video of student's thoughts on using social media in universities

 

Facebook's Education Page

 

 


 

 

References

 

 

Facebook top 20 learning applications. (2009). [Web]. Retrieved from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JRhvnTHAqek&feature=related

 

Kolowich, S. (2010). Professors and social media. Inside Higher ED, Retrieved from http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2010/05/04/socialmedia

 

Social media in the classroom. (2009). [Web]. Retrieved from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6RzoDrWtfOA&feature=related

 

 

 

Comments (4)

Simina said

at 10:11 pm on May 12, 2010

Hugo, I checked your wiki. Are you going to post more? I'll check it tomorrow again.

msrobocinski said

at 10:53 pm on May 12, 2010

Was waiting on Simina to post since she's 1st editor and I'm just 2nd. Your wiki looks good. I didnt catch any grammar errors or anything and the APA stuff looks fine. But I do agree with Simina on writing more. Your videos explain pretty well different educational uses of facebook. I would suggest making a section labeled "Uses in classroom" (or something along those lines) and maybe list bullet points on what facebook can do education wise (Like mention various education apps and such). Other than that, your wiki looks good to me, just a bit short.

Simina said

at 2:31 pm on May 13, 2010

Hugo, I changed just a bit, I hope you don't mind (little things, such as alignment or underline, color of subtitles). Now I am waiting for the second editor's part, to check that too.

msrobocinski said

at 5:44 pm on May 13, 2010

I just added a link to his related links. I like what you did with his colors and stuff.

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