The world's most popular social networking web site, Facebook enables users to connect with friends and family by sharing status updates, personal photos and other items of interest. Founder Mark Zuckerberg created Facebook in 2004 while a student at Harvard, designing the site as a means for other university students to communicate and to socialize online. The idea quickly spread from there and has become a global phenomenon, with more than 160 million users in the United States alone. Learning to leverage Facebook's popularity can prove beneficial to your school or classroom.
Link to Facebook Website
Here is an example of Facebook being used for school.
Resources to help get you started.
10 Ways to use Facebook in your classroom.
- Have students follow news feeds relevant to the course material in order to keep current information flowing through the class.
- Keep up with news through Facebook on groups like World News Now that provides video clips of world news.
- Students can become fans of politicians in order to learn about their platforms and hear what they have to say first hand.
- Create a Facebook representation of a work of literature like this class did.
- 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.
- From beginning of semester mixers to after-finals celebrations, easily schedule events for the entire class using Facebook.
- From unexpected absences to rescheduling exams, it's easy to send messages through Facebook.
- With the ability to post videos, photos, and more, you can share multimedia content easily with the entire class.
- Instructors and students can contact each other through Facebook, providing an opportunity for better sharing of information.
- Facebook's design promotes social interchange between participants, thereby increasing collaboration between students working on activities.