To provide a "show and tell" session that introduces teachers and staff
at Otago Polytechnic to Facebook as a tool for teaching and learning.
This workshop will also include how to incorporate Facebook into wider
communication and marketing strategies for programs and schools.
By the end of the workshop, you will know:
How to set up your account;
How to make the most of your settings so you can keep your private profile separate from your professional one;
How to use it with your students as a communication tool and to support their learning;
How to use closed groups for reflection and classroom discussion, and
Think about the difference between having information go "public", to "friends" and/or "acquaintances".
You don't have to automatically make someone your friend. If you are
unsure what their connection is, send them a message and ask them why
they want to connect with you.
If someone posts a comment you don't like...delete it. Don't be afraid to un-friend someone if you need to.
Consider whether you want a professional page as well as a personal page.
How to use it with your students as a communication tool and to support their learning
Have a think about whether you want to use it as a supplementary
communication tool or whether you wish to embed it into your teaching.
Yes, FB is where a lot of young people hang out, but they don't
necessarily use it for learning. So what do you need to provide your
students so they do use it effectively for learning? It is important to
think about the pedagogy behind your use of FB. It is just as
important to think about learning, teaching and assessment strategies in
your use of FB as it is any other mode. It also needs just as much
commitment and facilitation as classroom teaching.
Is it ethical to insist students log into a propriety platform?
How to use closed groups for reflection and classroom discussion
Groups are really useful because they allow you to communicate with
students without having to become their "friends". In fact, I would
advise that you don't "friend" students. You can keep them open or
closed, which is a really useful option especially if you want to keep
conversation private. If you keep it open, you may need to think about
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