It’s that time of year again… Time to get back to school! Why not start the year off with a new resolve and commitment to better communicate with and engage your students and their parents, letting them know about all of the great things happening in your classroom or school in a way that they are already familiar with?
Take a look at my Prezi: Facebook Fan Pages & Twitter: A Primer for Schools & Teachers. We start with the basics of what a ‘tweet’ is and what Twitter can do for you and finish up with the benefits of a Facebook Fan Page. I also include information on how to get started with each, including some suggested and safe initial settings for posting and interaction. You can also view the presentation below!
We ask teachers and students to be careful about what they share on Facebook and to make sure they have their privacy settings locked down to only show updates to friends. These quick little tips on blocking an unwanted person on Facebook are quite helpful.
Facebook and Twitter Getting Started Document: http://goo.gl/KR9GG
Thanks for joining me today to learn more about some great ways to integrate Facebook and Twitter into your school social network outreach and in education in general. You can also get back to this post anytime by using the permalink above or the barcode to the right. You can also access it again using the Facebook, Twitter or Millard tags on my site to learn more.
A guide for using Facebook for educators FROM Facebook. Looks like a good primer to explain all of the lingo and the differences between the Home, Profile, Groups and Pages in FB so that teachers can use it effectively.
‘I am strongly supportive of teachers having access to social networking so they can use worthwhile educational sites such as Facebook and particularly YouTube,” he said. ”Teachers will be able to teach their students about digital citizenship so that students will be responsible users themselves of social networking sites at home.’
Teach them to be responsible Digital Citizens where there is some guidance and supervision instead of blocking and filtering.
Great to see that the tide of blocking and filtering is slowly turning.
It’s a lengthy article, but well worth a read – especially if you are friending students in Facebook or are considering it…
I would agree that educators should never friend their students on Facebook. The best approach and the best way to harness the power of Facebook for your classroom is to set up a Facebook Fan Page for your classroom AND for your school. Fans and Friends of the same person will never see what’s on the other’s pages.
If you are a teacher, choose the ‘Public Figure’ option and as soon as you have at least 25 fans, you can create a simple, custom URL for your Facebook Fan Page to make further distribution easier.
- The Conversation Prism
- Joe & His Non-Netbook (YouTube link)
- Twitter in Plain English (YouTube link)
- My twitter page – follow me @sedcclint
- Sign up for a K-12 account on Poll Everywhere
- SEDC Tech Training Facebook Fan Page – facebook.com/sedcclint – become a fan!
- Create your own Facebook Fan Page
- Posterous FAQ Page (learn all about it)
- My Posterous page (you are here!)
- My Videos on Qik (use for live demo)
- Create groups. You can create groups for entire classes or for study groups with smaller subsets of students that allow for easy sharing of information and communication, without students even having to friend each other.
- Schedule events. From beginning of semester mixers to after-finals celebrations, easily schedule events for the entire class using Facebook.
- Send messages. From unexpected absences to rescheduling exams, it???s easy to send messages through Facebook.
- Share multimedia. With the ability to post videos, photos, and more, you can share multimedia content easily with the entire class.
- Post class notes. Post notes after each class period for students to have access for review or in case they were absent.
Although this list is aimed at college students and professors, there are MANY great ideas here to utilize Facebook for more than just keeping up with friends.
View all 100 tips here.