If you’re a fan of the Office, you may have gotten a good laugh out of Jim’s “Facebook” Halloween costume in this week’s episode. There’s something refreshing about applying a sense of levity to discussions about using Facebook in schools. Not that there are not serious considerations about the issue, but sometimes we need to step back and take a different view.
Coincidentally, today I ran across this excellent resource for 100 ways to use Facebook in the classroom thanks to a link from Stephen Abram. It includes ways to use it safely and wisely, a great list of apps for Facebook use for students, ways for educators to network on Facebook, and advantages to using it with students. While the article is directed at college level educators, many of these tips would apply to use in secondary schools also!
Maybe it is time we join ‘book face’, think outside of the box, and have a different type of conversation about how to use Facebook in the classroom. Our campus is getting ready to do a pilot to have Facebook available to some teachers on our campus to initiate just such a conversation. Piloting sites like this to troubleshoot the pitfalls and experiment with the successes is an excellent way to approach those “spooky” sites and to find solutions rather than just slamming the door on them. We’ll keep you posted on how it goes.