How Educators Can Use Facebook Effectively and Efficiently

  1. Create a separate account just for your classes. Keep two accounts if you want to use Facebook personally as well. This keeps your Facebook relationship at school on a professional level.
  2. Manage privacy settings. If you don’t want to manage two accounts, use these tips to manage privacy to keep your personal and professional lives separate.
  3. Friend students carefully. Make sure you are friending students in current and former classes for professional purposes. Keep as professional a distance on Facebook as you would in person.
  4. Ask students to put you on limited access to their pages. This keeps you from having to see their Spring Break photos, status updates that may indicate why they really missed that midterm, or any other information that may compromise your professional working relationship.
  5. Create lists. Create a list for each of your classes, then keep students in each class on that list. This is a great way to organize your students.
  6. Publish notes for recognition. If you want to recognize accomplishments of particular students or the effort of an entire class, be sure to write a note indicating what you are recognizing and tag all studentsinvolved.
  7. Include your class blog. If you have a class blog, import it to Facebook so it shows up there when you add a new blog post.
  8. Use as a course management system. Use in place of other course management systems such as Blackboard to access all your online information and connections with fewer restrictions.
  9. Stay active. Keep posting messages, use as many Facebook apps and resources as possible, and update status reports so your students know you are engaged and you stay an important part of the Facebook experience.
  10. Get over the term “friend”. Many professors are disturbed by the idea of making friends with their students. Instead of adapting the Facebook term in the common way, try to think about the relationship as one of a mentor, or in an Aristotelian version of a utilitarian friend.

 

Using Facebook As a Learning Tool

  1. Inviting atmosphere. Since Facebook isn’t exclusively the instructor’s any more than it is the students’, this offers students an opportunity for active participation on a level playing field.
  2. Students are comfortable with Facebook. Most students are already users of Facebook, so implementing it into class provides a comfortable way for students to participate in class.
  3. Informal. The informality inherent in Facebook’s connections lend to yet another reason students may be more willing to participate in class activities here.
  4. Promotes collaboration. Facebook’s design promotes social interchange between participants, thereby increasing collaboration between students working on activities.
  5. Keeps schools currentMark Federman asserts that universities must move from a skills-centered approach to learning to one of connectivity to stay relevant to students.
  6. Students engaged outside of class. When students are accessing the class content more often, that means they will be thinking about and engaging in the lessons more frequently.
  7. Ambient awareness. Facebook provides an excellent opportunity for students and instructors to participate in ambient awareness, a way of getting to know those you follow on social networks in more meaningful ways.
  8. Teach personal responsibility. Instructors can take this opportunity to teach students how toresponsibly use Facebook and other social networking sites so it helps their future–not the opposite.
  9. Access to guest speakers. Instructors who have stayed in contact through Facebook with past students who have moved on to their careers have an excellent resource for guest speakers for the class.

 

Facilitate Communication Using Facebook In Schools

  1. Create groups. You can create groups for entire classes or for study groups with smaller subsets of students that allow for easy sharing of information and communication, without students even having to friend each other.
  2. Schedule events. From beginning of semester mixers to after-finals celebrations, easily schedule events for the entire class using Facebook.
  3. Send messages. From unexpected absences to rescheduling exams, it’s easy to send messages through Facebook.
  4. Share multimedia. With the ability to post videos, photos, and more, you can share multimedia contenteasily with the entire class.
  5. Post class notes. Post notes after each class period for students to have access for review or in case they were absent.
  6. Provide direct communication with instructors. Instructors and students can contact each other through Facebook, providing an opportunity for better sharing of information and promoting better working relationships.
  7. Allows shy students a way to communicateShy students who may not want to approach their teacher after class or during office hours can use Facebook to communicate.
  8. Facilitate classmate connections. When students get to know each other more intimately, they become more involved in the learning experience. This is helpful in both large classes that wouldn’t normally promote such intimacy and in smaller settings that regularly depend on that connection.
  9. Make announcements. Instructors can send out reminders about upcoming tests, upcoming due dates, or any classroom news.
  10. Brainstorm. Students can have the ability to add their thoughts to the class any time they occur allows for more opportunities for brainstorming off each other.
  11. Share interesting websites. Students and instructors alike can post interesting websites that add relevancy to the class.
  12. Post homeworkPosting homework through Facebook not only provides easy access for students, it also puts in writing specifically what is expected and when it is due.
  13. Grassroots movements. Students at University of British Columbia learned that the weight room at their aquatic center was slated for closure, and through Facebook, won to keep it open.

How to Use Facebook In Schools

  1. Follow news feeds. Have students follow news feeds relevant to the course material in order to keep current information flowing through the class.
  2. Share book reviews. Students can post their book reviews for the instructor to grade and other students to read. If it’s a peer-reviewed project, then students can more easily access each other’s papers online.
  3. Knighthood. Playing this game promotes strong reading skills. This teacher explains how he used it with his ESL class.
  4. Poll your class. Use polls as an interactive teaching tool in class or just to help facilitate getting to know one another with the Poll app for Facebook.
  5. Practice a foreign language. Students learning a foreign language can connect with native speakers through groups or fan opportunities.
  6. Create your own news source. A great way for journalism students to practice their craft, use the Facebook status update feed as a breaking news source for sports results, academic competition results, and other campus news.
  7. Follow news stories. Keep up with news through Facebook on groups like World News Now that provides video clips of world news.
  8. Keep up with politicians. Political science students can become fans of politicians in order to learn about their platforms and hear what they have to say first hand.
  9. Create apps for Facebook. A class at Stanford started doing this in 2007 and still has a Facebook group profiling their work. A class at Berkeley also did the same.
  10. Participate in a challenge. Look for challenges like the one held by Microsoft and Direct Marketing Educational Foundation that challenges undergrads and grad students to create usable products for Microsoft in return for experience and, in some cases, certification.
  11. Bring literature to life. Create a Facebook representation of a work of literature like this class did.

Rapid Language Learning

Rapid Learning Langauge

Objective: To learn 10 new words from any language I choose to learn.
Goal: I should learn all the 10 words in a week.

Process:

Activity I

1. Choose the words 5-10
2. Establish the intention to learn all, within the next 10 minutes
3. Read its translation
4. Practise the pronunciation
5. Understand the translation

Activity II

1. Link each word to an image that is significant to you
2. Link each word to an experience that is significant to you
3. Link the words in such a way that it comes from your personal likes and dislikes

Activity III

1. Use modes of experience (personal, professional and others) to map the words.
2. Repeat it, imagine a wild associative image with the word, and do a fast call
3. Repeat them in a row, one through five, five through ten, repeatedly , faster and faster.
4. Rest for two minutes by inhaling and exhaling and continue.
5. Repeat actitivity I (steps 3 onwards) to activity III (upto step 4)

Activity IV

1. Do it for 20 minutes every day

Output: Long term retention, joy of learning new language, and fluency