Social networking is common in the 21st century. From the definition, social networking establishes interconnected Internet communities that help people make contact. Facebook is one of the social networking that has a high number of people. Based on statista.com, Facebook had 1.44 billion monthly active users as of the first quarter of 2015. Now, the high number of Facebook users makes educators look at the potential Facebook as a tool of learning and collaboration used in education. Facebook has advantages for a classroom as a platform for projects and assignments, sharing, collaboration and discussion, and classroom management.
Projects and assignments
Facebook is an interesting platform for learning in a classroom activities. Educators and students can create group classroom through Facebook site. Facebook is a great site to hold classroom projects and assignments due to several reasons:
Final project submission
Educators and students can interact with each other by posting information. If there will be the important announcement, members can post to the group wall in order for the group members to know the latest information. For example, there will be a make-up submission final project for Writing IV-C, the teacher can announce through Facebook group about the information.
Offer extra credit
The teacher can offer extra-credit assignments through Facebook group. It will make students take advantage of it. For example, the teacher can post the link and ask students to give a comment from an online article that related to the material based on their own perspective. The extra-credit will be given for students who participate in.
Teaching 21st-century skill
It is a critical that educators should adapt and learn about emerging technology in terms of empowering them to be safe digital citizens. One way is to use Facebook that can create a lesson of social networking for collaboration, news, networking, business and more. The teachers also need to give a lesson in social media etiquette. In this case, teacher explains to the students how to be safe, polite and effective when using Facebook and other social media tools.
Teachers can use Facebook as a tool for exam practicing. As a preparation for the final exam, teachers can post exam exercises so that students will have more exam exercises activities at Facebook.
Broadcast school news
There will be a lot of events in a school. The teacher can ask students as a journalist to report about the recent activities in a school. The purpose is that students can explore their journalism skill in news reporting. For example, the team of the basketball club in a school join a competition at the national level. Students can update the sports result through the Facebook page or their own accounts by making a news report on Facebook.
There are many valuable things that people can share through Facebook. Students, parents, and community can exchange and share knowledge and resources through the power of Facebook.
Posting educational content
In a classroom activity, teachers use various teaching media to teach the students. Teachers can post educational videos and links for concepts that are currently being discussed in class. All of the important educational postings can be archived and shared on Facebook.
For instance, a teacher use power point slides to tell his student about a geographical potential of Java Island. In a class, the student will focus on their teacher explanation. But later on, students need to review about what they learn. Therefore, they can access easily of the current material that has been posted by the teachers.
Document class trips
It is not only the important files about school materials, but document class trips are also important to be shared. For instance, the class has a chance to do field trip in a beautiful beach. Students are enjoying the moment by capturing some photos, writing notes and more. Facebook can be a tool for them to share their experiences on a field trip. The experience of one person to another may be different so that they can exchange their ideas and perspective of what they have experienced during the field trip.
Students find many new words in their courses that they have not known before. It is an easy and quick way to fit vocabulary review into Facebook. Students can share their study result by posting words and definitions on Facebook.
Import your class blog to Facebook
Most of students and teachers have Facebook accounts, there will be much easier if class maintains a class blog that is shared on Facebook. The blog is another way of class to report official information.
Facebook offers a question application that is useful for the classroom. It allows teachers to ask questions about photos, topics, and more with responses from students. For instance, the teacher wants to hold a make-up class. The teacher can ask the student by filling the appropriate scheduled. After that, the teacher can set a time by looking at the result that all of the students are able to look at it. Another example is when students post a carnival poster in a Sunday, other students who are interested after checking the poster can go for it together by commenting or sending personal messages.
Collaboration and Discussion
Due to many activities in the same time, students in bachelor’s and master’s degree programs alike, educational professionals, and even parents can get together for collaboration and discussion through Facebook.
Ask for feedback on assignments and activities
Sometimes, the material and classroom activity are not appropriate for the students. Therefore, it is important for the teacher to get self-evaluation. Facebook is one of the ways to ask for feedback and comment from students about recent assignments and activities. The teacher can know students’ expectation to make a comfortable learning in a classroom.
Create study groups
Facebook is a good way to connect the group of students together. It allows study groups and group projects to easily connect with each other within their own Facebook groups. For instance, teacher divide students into 5 group to do final projects, they can make a chat group to finish the project.
Practice foreign language with native speakers
It is a good chance for students to improve their foreign language skills because Facebook can connect the classroom with native speakers around the world. All of the students can text or set a video call with them. It will encourage them to be confident to interact with foreigners.
Facebook is a platform for teacher and student to create a good classroom management. These are great ways to manage the classroom with personal reminders and interactions.
Facebook can use to promote any fundraising activities in a classroom. For example, a treasure can announce the nominal update that the classroom has.
Remind students to come to class
Facebook is a great tool for reminding frequently. Teachers can make sure students to be on time to come to class.
Sometimes, students do not understand about teachers’ instructions. Facebook can be used to post clarified directions.
Celebrate student work
Teachers can highlight an excellent work of students in any period of time on Facebook walls. It aims to encourage another student to be better to do their works.
Familiarize yourself with students
In large classes, sometimes it is hard to remember each and every student. Facebook makes it a little easier to connect faces and personalities with names. Furthermore, they can continue to the reality to share hobbies and experiences.
In summary, Facebook is a beneficial tool for students and teachers. Facebook helps teachers and students to manage project and assignments, to share, to do collaboration and discussion and to create a good classroom management.
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