Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Using Facebook in the Classroom: 29 Tips, Templates and Alternatives

My school has blocked Facebook. It's not the end of the world, and I do understand the administration's concerns. Since I don't see anything changing in the next year, I've suggested that  my teachers should use alternatives, including templates, MyFakeWall and Edmodo. The list below covers everything, whether or not you are able to access Facebook in your school. If you have anything to add, please do so. I'm always ready to try new things!

10 Tips for Using Facebook in the Classroom
- from Michael Zimmer

20 Reasons You Should Be Using Facebook in Your Classroom

A Teacher's Guide to Using Facebook- written by Bernadette Rego; 22 pages

Creating a Facebook Page for Your School- written by Brad Flickinger

Facebook4Education Wiki- started by Michael Zimmer

Facebook in Education- Facebook's official page

Facebook Profile Template- created by Suzanne Witlow, this is a Word document

Historical Figure Facebook Project- students will create a Facebook page for a historical figure; lesson plan and instructions are here.

Tips for Teachers on Facebook- keep students from seeing things your friend are allowed to see

Using Facebook to Teach- history teacher Sara Romeyn talks about using Facebook in her classroom; YouTube video

Facebook Page Templates
Facebook in the Cloud Project- sample from English teacher's project on the book "The Outsiders"

J.F.K. Facebook Template
- download the PowerPoint file and edit the information
Facebook Template Page- from TES Connect

Programs Which Look Like Facebook (and won't be blocked at your school)

Edmodo- social network can be used in your classroom; interface looks a lot like Facebook so students will like it

Fake Convos- create fake Facebook newstreams



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