Social networks are taking a lot of place in our lives. Most of us use them everyday and many times in one day. Facebook is one of the most popular social network we can find in 2015. Pretty much every one has a Facebook account. Facebook is an interesting social network because it gives you the opportunity to keep in touch with many people by posting pictures, by chatting or even by having an online voice conversation. There is many fun things we can do with Facebook and many ways to use it in our personal life . The aim of this article is to check if it is a good thing to use it as a pedagogical tool with your students when you are a teacher or not.
There are many advantages in using Facebook with in your classroom. To use it with your students you must create a group page where all the members of your group can take part. Once the Facebook group is created, you can post informations on it whenever you need to get in touch with your students. You can post and share documents for homework, exam’s reviews, power points, word documents, etc. You can make a class brainstorm on the page to help students to have many ideas on a project before starting it. Also, you can ask your students to follow journalists and media outlets pages that give relevant information for your class content. It is easy for the students to share their work on their class’s group. It is also useful for them because they can post questions on that page whenever they have one and if the teacher is not online to answer it, another student can do it. Thus, students can help each other easily via Facebook. It is an easy and a fast way to get information. As a teacher, you can also have your sutdents discuss on the group with the help of the conversation option that you can find on the group page. Discussions can be access by anyone and it is possible to give name to the different conversation. This way, students can oriented themself easily and quickly.
In my opinion, the most interesting advantage in having a Facebook page with your students is that you are sure that the information will get through your students really fast. Teenagers are always on Facebook and they can get allerts on their phone whenever there is a new notification done. Most of your students and of your student’s parents already own a Facebook account. Thus, it is easy for them to use this website. Also, it is important to notice that there are strong privacy options despite what we are used to hear about Facebook.
Moreover, despite what people must say on teachers’ having their students as Facebook’s friends, if it is done responsably, teachers should have their students as Facebook’s friends. With the friendship on Facebook, you can get to know yours students way better. In fact, by going on their profile, you can get to see their pictures, what they like and what they are into. This is something nice, because more you know your students easier it is for a teacher to have a good relationship with them. Also, you can keep contact with your students for the later years. If ever those students want to ask you any question or if you want to know what they are becoming, it is easy to stay updated. What I recommand for those teachers who want to be Facebook friends with their students is that they create a »teacher’s account » where there are no personnal informations and no personnal pictures.We often hear stories where some innapropriate pictures of the teacher are found on internet and it always causes a lot of drama. Teachers have to be careful on what they post on Facebook.
As a futur ESL teacher, using Facebook becomes an interresting option only if you ask your students to turn their Facebook in English and that you force them to have conversations in English on the class group page. It can be hard for a teacher to manage those variables. It is really easy to switch in French or to communicate in French because only the account owner can have access to the account. I don’t think I would be using Facebook with my students , because I feel like students would not take as seriously than other Tools because it is a social network that they use for their personnal life.