Even the mention of the word ‘Facebook‘ is enough to send a shiver down the spine of many educators. Privacy risks and ‘friending’ students scares many teachers off using Facebook for education. But it doesn’t have to be that way. The Facebook community, whether we like it or not, is enormous and it can be used in schools to do great things.
Over the past few years, the social network has grown so far beyond just “adding friends”. There are many ways to connect without having to ‘friend’ students, not to mention the hundreds of ways Facebook can be used to connect the school community (parents, relations, friends, etc.) and build your PLN. Here is a Prezi that you can use to show any concerned colleagues that the ‘F’ word is not such a bad word after all.
Facebook For Education
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Do you use Facebook for education? What ways do you find it helps connect the community, and what do you do to make sure it is used safely?
Image courtesy of Flickr, Coletivo Mambembe