Whether educators like it or not, Facebook is the most popular social networking tool and more students are now on Facebook than ever before. Teachers often look at the site (and others such as YouTube and ) as competition for their students’ attention, but Facebook now supports a variety of educational applications which can greatly benefit students and teachers!
1. Flashcards – Exactly what it sounds like, this app will allow you to create flashcards on any subject. Perfect for teachers to create and share, or for students who are tired of carrying around bulky packs of index cards.
2. Events Calendar – Like “To-Do-List,” this organizational app will help students see online what they may have scribbled down haphazardly on paper. Having their long-term assignments online will allow them to stay on track and focused.
3. SlideShare – Required to do presentations for class? Students can work on them online, then share them with classmates and teachers. Teachers can review a students’ rough version of their presentation, give notes, before the final in-class presentation.
4. QuizMonster – Teachers and students can create their own quizzes and invite students to join. Assign 5 chapters of “Great Expectation” then ask students to create their own 10-question quiz on the reading, and invite other students to take it. The best quiz wins extra credit. J
5. Language Exchange– Having a hard time with French or Spanish? Want your students to get more practice outside of class? This app helps connect students worldwide – find a partner to improve that verb conjugation!
6. To-Do-List – Exactly what it sounds like, this awesome list-making app allows students to create multiple to-do lists and keep track of due dates.
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7. StudyGroups – An excellent app to help students collaborate on group projects, share notes, etc. this is an application which does not require any teacher interaction. Help students set it up during computer class, and encourage them to use it outside the classroom to work together.
8. Dictionary.com Word of the Day – Help build vocabulary by signing up for this app, and learn a new word each day!
9. ClassNotes – A great place to share visual notes. Put up photos of diagrams, board snapshots, or homework assignments. Students have no excuse for not knowing what the homework was now.
10. Webinaria – This application allows teachers to record and post their class lectures. Students who miss class because of illness or family trips can catch up more quickly, and math students who need more help can hear their teacher’s explanation of the Pythagorean Theorem and other concepts.
Although whether teachers should use Facebook for educational interaction with their students is still largely dictated by individual school policy, it’s becoming more and more common. Still, check in with your school’s administration before taking any of these suggestions! If you plan to interact with your students/teachers on Facebook, make sure to “clean up” your page so that you’re presenting your best self.