Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Facebook in the Classroom: Are you ready for social networking?

Best Uses of Facebook in the Classroom

This week's blog examines best practices for using Facebook to enhance collaboration and communication within the school or campus community.  Explore how to safely and creatively use Facebook to foster student engagement through authentic learning projects.

Facebook in the Classroom, Seriously
Kelly Walsh provides examples of how Facebook enhances K-16 classrooms through discussion groups,  communication with parents, and effective learning communities.

How to Use Facebook Questions in the Classroom
The Edudemic staff describes how Facebook’s Questions feature utilizes collective knowledge to help students answer questions via polling, tagging and posting photos.

Facebook in the Classroom
Michael Preston succinctly reviews the pros and cons of using Facebook and suggests how to decide if Facebook is the best tool to use for student engagement in your classroom.

Awesome Facebook Apps For Educators
Brian Jenkins describes ten top Facebook apps which create higher student achievement including: Quizlet, Study Groups, and To Do List.

11 Ways To Use Fake Facebook Applications To Enhance Student Learning

Mr. Kaiser explains how he uses web-based apps like Fakebook for effective class projects which stimulate critical thinking and creativity.

Facebook Friending 101 For Schools
Vicki Davis explains why it’s important to be savvy about Facebook’s friend feature, and why you shouldn’t “friend” your students.

Professor Turns To Facebook as Collaborative Learning Tool For Students, Faculty

Mick Charney describes how Facebook made possible a collaborative learning community at Kansas State University.

8 Real Ways Facebook Enriched Mrs. Schoening’s First Grade Class
Lisa Nielsen describes how a first grade teacher uses Facebook to celebrate student success, share announcements, and publish student writing.

Tech Tip: Creating an Interactive ePortfolio With Google Sites

Google Sites is a free tool which many schools are successfully using for student ePortfolios. Here is an excellent tutorial to get you started:
Helen Barrett’s tutorial

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Posted by K. Franker on 4/20/2011

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