Facebook garners more than its fair share of negative headlines, however there is no denying the appeal it has with both pupils and parents in the UK. With estimates suggesting over half of the UK population has a Facebook account it’s no wonder that some schools and teachers have decided to utilise it as a tool for learning and communication.
With this in mind the Education Foundation commissioned by Facebook have recently launched a fantastic new resource aimed at schools/teachers across the UK who are interested in harnessing the power of social media in the classroom.
Featuring case studies from the two schools participating in the research – as well as from educators around the country who are already successfully maximising Facebook for learning – the guide explains how teachers can use Facebook in a number of ways, including how to run projects based around Timeline, set up Groups to share resources, create Events for exams and deadlines, and enable language students to speak to peers overseas. The guide also addresses ways to overcome the challenges of using Facebook in school environments, including confronting some educators’ cautiousness about social media’s potential as a learning tool.
The guide can be found here: