We all know how popular and widely used Facebook is. Just look around while getting coffee or at a restaurant. One will see others scrolling through their feed. I just have to look over at my husband, Michael in the evening. I see the tell-tale scroll of a Facebook user. But, why would a teacher use Facebook? Especially since many school districts and teacher unions advise against the use of Facebook. Others think it is such a waste of time. None the less Facebook can be a distraction from life.
This is why a teacher should use Facebook. When used properly it is a powerful tool of connection to experts in all fields, our families, communities, students and a vast educational learning system. When Facebook is used in a certain way the walls of the classroom come tumbling down and the world becomes a teaching tool.
Here are my fav five reasons why a teacher should use Facebook.
- Connection, connection with students, other teachers, parents in your class and school Connection with experts in literature, science, math and history. Connection with famous people such as authors, politicians, actors and change makers.
- Communication with students, parents, school community that is instant and can be done anytime of the day, or on any day.
- There is no cost to use Facebook which is always important to teachers on a limited budget. Websites and other platforms have a cost attached.
- Everyone and I mean almost everyone are using Facebook. As compared to Instagram which has 100 million people using each month more than one billion people are active on Facebook.
- There are multiple pieces of Facebook that can be used to benefit a learning environment. There are Facebook pages, public Facebook groups and private Facebook groups. At the moment Facebook is beta testing different use of private groups that uses units like in a text book to teach content.
For a variety of reasons, I have resisted shouting the benefits of Facebook for teachers. I do not like sharing my private life on a personal feed so this has kept me with a closed mind set. Done properly with certain guidelines I now believe Facebook to be the most powerful free tool an educator could use to create connection, improve communication, save money, reach a wider audience and make use of amazing Facebook tools.