Connecting Facebook use to the Classroom
Over the last week, I had a number of opportunities to connect with teachers and have some dialogue about about using Facebook to support learning. Yes, Facebook is a social environment, but it has a huge untapped potential in the areas of engagement, community, sharing, current issues and writing.
I thought I would share this list of activities some of our teachers see as effective uses of Facebook within the learning environment. Many of these are already beginning to happen in our classrooms!
- conversational writing (French in this case)
- sharing of poetry writing
- collaborative math homework support groups – students helping students with teacher support
- peer review of student created movie trailers
- short blog style writing posts with opportunity for peer review
- creating a shared student art gallery
- discussion of global issues
- math/science challenge questions
- use of class groups to provide frequent feedback and positive encouragement (linked to our recent PD session with Dr. D. Reeves)
- use of teacher fan pages to connect with students re class schedules, homework assignments, test dates etc.
- school/department pages as another way to connect readers to key events, related news items, promote new library offerings
- a forum to discuss digital citizenship, online safety and prevention of bullying
- analyse sample situations in terms of digital citizenship and character development goals
Congratulations to these teachers for their forward thinking about using the power of social media tools in new and powerful ways. I look forward to working with teachers and school Digital Citizenship committee to plan our journey forward.