Facebook helps you connect and share with the people in your life. Millions of people use Facebook everyday to keep up with friends, upload an unlimited number of photos, share links and videos, and learn more about the people they meet.

Facebook is a social networking service and website launched in February 2004, operated and privately owned by Facebook, Inc. Users must register before using the site, after which they may create a personal profile, add other users as friends, and exchange messages, including automatic notifications when they update their profile. Additionally, users may join common-interest user groups, organized by workplace, school or college, or other characteristics, and categorize their friends into lists such as "People From Work" or "Close Friends". The name of the service stems from the colloquial name for the book given to students at the start of the academic year by some university administrations in the United States to help students get to know each other. Facebook allows any users who declare themselves to be at least 13 years old to become registered users of the site.


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June 17, 2014

Een account voor Facebook heb ik al sinds lange tijd. De mogelijkheid om via Facebook te overleggen was mij al bekend van de groep Nederlands. Wat ik in deze minor geleerd heb is dat je met Facebook ook documenten kunt uploaden en zo delen met de andere leden. Qua overleggen vind ik dat je bij Facebook wat makkelijker je hele verhaal kwijt kunt zonder dat er iemand al weer gereageerd heeft. Dit in tegensteling tot Whatt’s App. Voor mij is het verschil tussen Facebook en Whatt’s App dat je iemand laat uitspreken of dat je hem in de rede kunt vallen.

September 3, 2012

I have used Facebook for personal reasons, but I have not used it with students. However, our administration does have a Facebook page to keep the community up-to-date with important announcements. It is closely monitored so that inappropriate content is not posted. I would not use Facebook in the classroom except to gain more information about authors or other important figures. In most cases, I think Facebook is better left at home.

September 2, 2012

Facebook, of course, is a great resource for connecting with old and new friends, and also colleagues. But for education purposes Facebook can also be a great resource used within the classroom. One way that a teacher can use Facebook with her students is when assigning tasks or projects like something related to history or politics. For example, a teacher can be studying poverty in America and countries overseas and the teacher can set up a Facebook page for students to "Like" and begin discussions, like a forum, to discuss the topic of poverty in these countries.

This is a great tool, using social media, to generate discussions and action within young people.

The only limitation I would note is that the Facebook page could also attract outside viewers, with inappropriate material/feedback, unrelated to the school. So there would have to be some parameters set up for this, if possible.

In this case, a tool like Edmodo may be a good choice.

September 1, 2012

I am probably the only person I know who gets a thumbs up for using Facebook at work. Following the saying: "If you can't beat them, join them", I created a Facebook account with a catchy name to use with the undergraduate students at the department of the University where I work. Since most students first log into their Facebook accounts, they will see announcements, articles shared from my blog, interesting news, and videos. One example I am proud of, is a video I shared on paper mechanics – making 3D books. There were at least 5 students who got a high grade because of the ideas they got from that video. Students don't always have the time to search or the ability to research the internet for subjects in their field. Furthermore there are also those students who are not on campus. Facebook gives them the opportunity to keep in touch and learn of important or not, events going on.

When using Facebook, and other social media tools, you should always be mindful of what you post. However, I can not further stress how helpful students have found interacting through Facebook on matters concerning their studies. I was really happy to see that beginning with the third year students, they created a sub-group and are even more organized.

If you are mindful of what you post, and keep your personal account separate to the account with which you interact with your students, you will be able to use Facebook to your advantage, and parents will probably approve!

September 1, 2012

Facebook is a tool that allows users to create personal profiles and share their lives with others. Recently, Facebook has changed the user's personal page to a new format called "Timeline."

Within the classroom, this tool should never be used. This tool is meant to be personal, not shared with students. Teachers could create pages for their classrooms as a way to announce homework or other events. Even so, this creates a link to the teacher's personal page which should be kept private from a student. This tool erases the separation needed between a teacher's personal and private life with that of a student.

I would never recommend this tool to be used in the classroom.

August 31, 2012

Teachers have been fired for what is on their Facebook page, so definitely if one uses this tool they should have a separate page for students and for their personal life. Young people love this forum, so it would be an excellent way to engage them. You could post questions for them to answer or homework, but beyond that I am not sure that the benefits outweigh the risks. It is nice on a professional level for networking, however.

August 30, 2012

While I wouldn't use Facebook to interact with students because of the potential privacy issues, I do find it valuable in staying connected to colleagues. Teaching can be an isolating profession. Even though I may not have a chance to connect with all of my colleagues at work every day, I can look forward to checking to Facebook in the evening and visiting with friends from work I may not have seen all day. My colleagues and I have used Facebook to plan social gatherings, and to chat about school.

August 30, 2012

I use Facebook to maintain contact with colleagues and friends. I post information about some of the significant events in my life. In addition, I will browse profiles of my friends and post comments or click on the like button. On the business side, I have started a couple of fan pages in order to promote some of my poems, web site, and other writings.

Early Childhood Ed Teacher and Freelance Copy Editor
August 29, 2012

There is no doubt that Facebook is on the rise, and as social networking grows you may ask yourself, as a educator, how you can incorporate this into the classroom. While I do think that there is a place for Facebook in our schools, I am wary about utilizing Facebook for teacher-to-student communication. However, if you are looking for a way to get your students talking about what they are learning, you may consider using Facebook to initiate student-to-student collaboration. Consider opening a classroom Facebook page on which the teacher could post a status update about what is being taught. Students could then post replies to that status which could lead to an effective class discussion between students.

High School accounts teacher
August 29, 2012

Facebook is a great tool to use to get connected with people. Teachers can use it to get in touch with students when they are not at school or following up on homework and other assignments. The tool is very user friendly and the interactive system always instant messaging over the internet in a secure location. There are countries that might have teachers being friends with student on Facebook to be illegal. However, I believe with proper monitoring and supervision by parents, any potential or presumed risk can be avoided.

August 29, 2012

I use this tool to connect with people who share common interests and philosophy.To use it as a tool in the classroom,ateacher has to be extremely careful of the posts that are used.

May 5, 2012

I would not consider facebook an effective tool for education. In the news, too many teachers are getting themselves in hot water over things they post on facebook. Also, several states are considering adopting laws where it would be illegal for teachers to have students as "freiends" on facebook. If you are looking to use a networking site for communication for schools, I would recommend edmodo.com instead as it was designed as a platform for schools/districts instead of for social purposes.