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Can Facebook Be Used in Education?

More than a year now we've hung a post about how to use Facebook Professionally. Things have shifted and now Facebook has over passed the number of MySpace's users worldwide. It might be the reason why so many bloggers abandon his practice to just jump wagon and integrate what Nicholas Carr foresees, either to Facebook or Twitter.

I am not so sure whether Sibertiger is a professional in education but I am sure he picked the right theme to publish it at his Saudixpat Blog. He says he has "found no empirical evidence validating the use of Facebook in secondary or elementary education. He did find evidence for using it in post-secondary education."

I will steal two paragraphs from his blog, knowingly that he won't take us further for such a crime. He writes:

"After some searching, I came across some blogs that advocated using Facebook in education. One blog had examples, including using the Files and Questions modules. The blogger states that, “All assignments and other items get posted to the “Files” module and you can use the “Questions” module to send out questions to your students.”. I didn’t even know that Facebook had Files OR Questions modules you could install on your facebook page (along with the Coffee Module, Gangster Wars module, Are You Canadian module, Cities I Have Been module, and so forth)."

And he continues writing, "At the famous (or infamous) Horace Mann School in New York City -the use of Facebook by students, was very negative. However, this was balanced as I stumbled across a CNN story from Missouri which highlighted a teacher’s viewpoint about using MySpace and Facebook to reach reluctant students at the high school level. I also came across a YouTube video about college admissions being affected by student’s Facebook or MySpace postings."

If you're active and in practice of teaching, would you mind to share your experiences using Facebook at your school?

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  1. nice blog...nice info

  2. I use facebook in my Spanish classes since 2007 and it is an excellent method. It is an excellent way to share ideas, contact students, update videos, links, or pictures.

    I create several groups and it works fantastic. Actually, we are presenting in a several educational conferences.

    May 2009. “Social Networks in Language Teacher Education: Using Wikis, Facebook, and Wimba.” Preparing Language Teachers for the 21st Century: Sixth International Conference on Language Teacher Education. The National Capital Language Resource Center (NCLRC). The George Washington University, Washington, DC

    September 2008. “Using Facebook in Education.” Greater Washington Association of Teachers of Foreign Languages. Presenting an interactive one-hour workshop. Georgetown Day High School, Washington, DC

    Oscar Santos-Sopena