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Facebook Technology in the Classroom

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Guest Blogger Lana

Guest Blogger Lana Andrean uses Facebook in the Classroom

Today I would like to feature a special guest blogger, Ms. Lana Andrean.  Ms. Andrean is a Psychology Instructor in the department of Non Traditional Studies at KVCTC. She teaches both online and traditional courses.

Facebook Technology in the Classroom
Ms. Lana Andrean

Facebook Technology in the classroom is a motivational and empowering tool for students because it gives them a voice. Currently there are over 500 million active users and at least half of those users are on Facebook every day. Facebook used in the classroom enhances self-esteem through co-operative learning. The average user has 130 friends.  According to Facebook, there are over 900 million objects that students can interact with such as: pages, groups, events, links, notes, and blogs. Facebook technology in the classroom allows students to collaborate and discuss possible ideas. There are more than 70 translations available on the site to enhance project based learning centered on real world contexts.

I have personally incorporated Facebook technology within my classes by using text quiz links, educational videos, group chat, activities, and private messaging.  By creating a private group for each section, students can concept map together, post discussions, and form group presentations. I have found students to be peer coaches to other students, and they are more compliant to participate. Students who have a voice are more engaged in the subject area. Student attendance and assignments improved since using this proclaimed learning strategy as a reflective tool. If used properly, with set rules, guidelines, and consequences (such as temporary blocking) students will respect this social networking device as a positive learning environment.

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Written by Dr. Sherri E. Ritter

November 27, 2012 at 1:44 pm

Posted in Classroom Technology

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  1. Nice summary, Lana.

    Kim

    November 28, 2012 at 9:23 am

  2. It sounds like a great way to use it. Have there been any negative repercussions? So many faculty I know are hesitant to use it for fear of drama.

    The Real Dr. Laura

    December 7, 2012 at 9:45 am


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