This week, Danica and I partnered to discuss the pros and cons of Facebook. Now, Facebook is something that is often seen as a social media site where people connect with their families and friends, but it has evolved into something much bigger…
- Companies can promote themselves.
- People can create pages for their businesses, brands, and organizations.
- Individuals can form and join groups that connect them with others from around the world.
This brings one to wonder, does Facebook have a spot in today’s classrooms? Danica and I took the time to brainstorm and research some of the pros and cons.
In summary, here are some reasons NOT to use Facebook in the classroom:
- Social media can be distracting, can be used inappropriately, can take away from social interaction, can expose students to cyberbullying, and can lead to inappropriate content being shared/posted by students.
- We, as educators, are not equipped with professional development in the use of Facebook in the classroom.
- Social media accounts may contain information that should not be shared between teachers and their students.
- Kids today are addicted to technology, and we need to be careful not to promote that addiction in school.
To summarize why Facebook CAN be beneficial in today’s classrooms:
- Students are familiar with the technology, and it allows them to feel comfortable rather than having to be introduced to new apps/websites such as Blackboard or Google Classroom.
- It has customization for almost everything, from layout, to the algorithm, to privacy. Students can alter it to suit their needs, and teachers do not have to worry about the wrong information/details being shared (both our own and that of our students) if these settings are taken into consideration.
- It allows students to effectively collaborate and engage with each other. Students can comment on posts, share to each other’s walls, add links and resources, and be exposed to a variety of different viewpoints to expand their own learning.
- It is also a great place for teacher collaboration! Educators can use tools such as “Facebook Live” to bring in experts or share the goings-on of your classroom with parents, other teachers, and students.
Check out some of these articles on how Facebook can benefit students and your teaching!
- Student Retention Rates.
- On collaboration, engagement, and classroom management through Facebook.
- How FB Live can be used.