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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People found this review Helpful: 1 and Creative: 0 Nicole Cremeens

Saturday, May 05, 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.

Wednesday, 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.
Garfield Richards

High School accounts teacher at School

Wednesday, 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.
Julie Pickar

Early Childhood Ed Teacher and Freelance Copy Editor

Wednesday, 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.
Stanley Crawford

Thursday, 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.
Jill Mountain

Teacher at BBP Schools

Thursday, 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.
Shunda Lyn

Friday, 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.
Katrina Volberding

Saturday, September 01, 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.
Maria Hatzisavvas

Saturday, September 01, 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!
Georgina Chong-You

Teacher/Instructor at School/Home

Sunday, September 02, 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.
Andrea Newby

Monday, September 03, 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.

Saturday, September 08, 2012

Back in 2009, we wrote a popular post, 100 Ways You Should Be Using Facebook in Your Classroom. Now almost three years later, educators are still finding great ideas for putting Facebook to work on our list. But at the same time, Facebook has changed so much, and the site has even more to offer for the classroom.So we’ve compiled a fresh batch of ways to make Facebook work in your classroom, some tried and true,...

Read more: 100 Ways To Use Facebook In Education By Category


Thursday, January 03, 2013

I was hesitant to get on the facebook train. Everyone I knew “had a facebook” before I did. I am generally skeptical of early adoption of anything—technology, movies, fitness, anything. Trends and frenzy dangerous, as they tend to freeze thought in pursuit of me too. My first year or so after finally giving the blue-hued social media giant a chance was underwhelming. I had no “strategy” really. I accepted almost any friend request, sent plenty myself, and watched...

Read more: How I Stopped Worrying And Learned To Love Facebook


Tuesday, September 04, 2012

The landscape of social media changes almost too quickly to talk about, but there are trends that are worth a look, especially in regards to % of users, and time spent invested per visit, and daily. Twitter and facebook are decidedly different networks, so they really aren’t competitors in a strict sense, but being as though they compete for your time online, they can be thought of that way. In all likelihood, the majority of you have...

Read more: Twitter vs Facebook: Competing For Your Time


Saturday, February 23, 2013

Social media is changing the communication landscape before our eyes. Now with 1:1 programs popping up all over, companies like Edmodo, Moodle, and Schoology are developing safe ways for teachers and students to communicate outside of the regularly scheduled class time. But even these online models base themselves off of Facebook. The whole reason for educators to fear Facebook was because “it’s unsafe and can’t be monitored.” Which is partially true, but wasn’t convincing enough for me. Free websites like Edmodo,...

Read more: Facebook: A Positive Learning Community for Class by @Jbormann3

IT Babble

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

I posted the video separately so it would be easy for mobile users. If you have not watched it, watch it here. Who is Jeff Jarvis? Well he is a professor at a major university, an author, a blogger, and someone who believes that being PUBLIC is better than being PRIVATE. I know this because every week, for about 2 years, I have been listening to him on an awesome podcast called, This Week in Google. The BBC, very stupidly, did...

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