No social media site is as well known, or as much of a powerhouse, as Facebook. Originally developed for college students, Facebook now meets a vast variety of needs. Many teachers are incorporating Facebook into the classroom. A recent study even found that Facebook helps students learn skills they need to be successful in the 21st century, according to the University of Minnesota.
Facebook in the Classroom
1. Set Facebook events for exam reminders. Your students will accept the invitations and receive reminders online; no longer will they have the “I forgot” excuse.
2. Assign an online journal to be kept on Facebook. The notes feature of Facebook is an easy place to keep a journal. Your students can also set the privacy features, making it accessible to the entire class or just the teacher.
3. Keep the class updated by making a classroom page. You can post classroom updates, share pictures, and interact with your students.
4. Archive past lessons. Social media is about sharing, so why not keep a record of all your past lectures online?
5. Poll the class. Facebook has great options for creating polls. Ask the class what they want for a free time activity, what book they want to read next, or something else!
6. Get to know your students. Facebook provides the ability for students to share interests, books they’ve read, and more.
7. Share the class calendar. Keep your class updated even after school hours.
8. Clubs and teams can use Facebook as a forum. Teachers and mentors can moderate the interactions and students can share ideas, have conversations, and engage with each other outside the walls of the classroom.
9. Create a more convivial atmosphere in your classroom. With the creation of a classroom page and Facebook engagement, social media can make your class more… social!
10. Encourage students to share photos, videos, and links to interesting things they find online.
11. Ask your students to make one post about the daily lesson for attendance points or extra credit.
12. Create Facebook pages or profiles for characters you are learning about in class. Bring the fictional experience to life in a new way.
13. Post creative work! Like, comment, and encourage creative expression in your class.
14. Check out news updates on Facebook. Go over what stories users are sharing, what they are saying about the issue, and ask your class for their opinions.
15. Host online review sessions on your class page. Let students ask questions and get help. You will have a better understanding of where your students are struggling.
16. Talk to students one-on-one. Facebook allows you to message students privately. If they have a question but were too uncomfortable to ask it in front of the class, encourage them to message you directly.
17. Connect with other classes, in your school or otherwise, and collaborate!
18. Help shy students come out of their shells. Sometimes, students find online interactions easier than in-person conversations.
19. Keep parents in the loop. Let parents follow your classroom page and send them Facebook event reminders.
20. Maintain relationships with past students Now, you can connect with past students online, retaining a relationship so they can come to you for recommendation letters or advice.
If you are ready to jump in, create a professional Facebook account now! We hope this gave you the inspiration you need to make your classroom more social.
If you have not read the first part in our series, learn about Twitter here. Next week, we talk about Pinterest in the classroom. Don’t forget to like RevTrak on Facebook so you don’t miss the update.