Using Facebook in the classroom is a tricky proposition. There are multiple avenues available for students to collaborate, ask questions, and learn from source material not typically available in school. But many teachers have well founded concerns about privacy, perpetually distracted students, and maintaining a respectful discourse online.
The following playlist offers advice on how to manage Facebook in an academic setting, including:
- How to build an academic online community
- A walkthrough of Facebook privacy settings
- An argument for permitting students to play online games in class
- Recommendations for who to friend as a teacher
- A breakdown of how social media is changing the way college recruiters and incoming freshman communicate
- An argument that Facebook usage actually makes kids do worse in school
So are the rewards greater than the risks? What do you think?