Thursday, May 26, 2011

The Why and How of Using Facebook For Educators

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Sue Waters (left) of Edublogs runs a blog called The Edublogger.  In it, she offers a wealth of good advice for collaborating with and among students using various Web 2.0 tools.

Recently a post was published on The Why and How of Using Facebook For Educators – No Need to be Friends At All!  In the post, a link to a web site and resource for teachers was published offering advice to teachers and school groups on safe and appropriate use of Facebook for educational purposes.image

At a recent teacher’s institute in our District, we were advised by a presenter on legal issues to avoid “friend-ing” students on social networks, to clamp down security settings on our personal social network pages, and to clean up posts and pictures displayed on our social network sites. 

The Facebook Educator’s Guide, by Linda Fogg Phillips, Derek Baird, and Dr. BJ Fogg, offers similar suggestions, and step-by-step instructions on how to do that. The authors also go on to suggest that educators can use Facebook (or other social networking sites) in the following ways:
  1. Help develop and follow your school’s policy about Facebook.
  2. Encourage students to follow Facebook’s guidelines.
  3. Stay up to date about safety and privacy settings on Facebook.
  4. Promote good citizenship in the digital world.
  5. Use Facebook’s Pages and Groups features to communicate with students and parents.
  6. Embrace the digital, social, mobile, and “always-on” learning styles of 21st Century students.
  7. Use Facebook as a professional development resources.
imageAdditionally, Connect Safely has also published A Parents’ Guide to Facebook, by Anne Collier and Larry Magid. It offers good advice to parents (and anyone) on how to use Facebook or other social networks safely. This document is available as a free PDF download.

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The Why and How of Using Facebook For Educators – No Need to be Friends At All! | The Edublogger

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