The Complete Facebook For Educators!

by on October 26, 2010

Facebook by Ray-Franco Bouly, on Flickr Creative Commons Attribution-No Derivative Works 2.0 Generic LicenseFacebook is controversial within the educational circles–should it or should it not be included as a valid learning tool.  Teachers coming under fire for Facebook postings. Should teachers friend students, former students, etc.  At the very least, you should have as much information as possible before you make your final decision.  Of course, your school/district policies may make the decision for you–but if not, here is all the information you will need to make an informed decision on using Facebook as an educational tool.

Educational Uses of Facebook

Facebook is a social network, but can it be used effectively in schools?  Here are some ideas about using Facebook in education:

100 Ways You Should Be Using Facebook in Your Classroom–Didn’t know there were 100 ways to use Facebook?  Take a look at these great ideas!
8 Real Ways Facebook Enriched Ms. Schoening’s First Grade Class–Facebook in 1st grade?  Read this story!
Using Facebook to Connect With Students & Parents–It’s never a bad idea to connect with parents, hear how from Richard Byrne!
Facebook Apps for eLearning–Take advantage of Facebook apps to further the educational value of Facebook!

GuideBook and Apps

Now that you have some ideas about how to use Facebook and some great examples, it’s now time to get even more specific.  Take a look at these next two resources tailored specifically to teachers and learning!

Teacher’s Guide to Using Facebook (Read Fullscreen)

Facebook Top 20 Learning Applications–Video

What About Privacy???

Facebook privacy issues always seem to make the news.  Once again, knowing how to use Facebook properly is the key to minimizing privacy issues.  Fortunately, one of my great tech sources, MakeUseOf.com, just released a 52 page downloadable book on Facebook privacy!

The (Very) Unofficial Facebook Privacy Manual

A Guide To Facebook Security

Download (PDF, 1.42MB)

More Privacy Sources!

If that isn’t enough information on privacy, here are a few more sites that come in very handy when evaluating your privacy settings on Facebook:

Still Not Enough–More Great Facebook Education Resources!

I hope that this information helps you make an informed decision on using Facebook in the classroom.  Let me know of any more great Facebook resources I may have missed!  There is never too much information!

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