I am new to the web 2.0 movement ;-)So I have not explored it on that level yet. But give me some time. However you may want to join the "Educators using Facebook" group in Classroom 2.0. When in that group, connect with the members.
Click on the "More" link and then select "Group". Search for the group.
Hi Skye,I am all for fb. I am in Malaysia. Here English is taught as a second language. Thus most of the pupil here does not excel in English. Especially verbally. I am wondering if there are anyone who might have a suggestion as how our pupil here could have a project that these student could collaborate.
I think it depends on what it is you're trying to do -- I would say that Facebook is better for a more sustained social networking environment, while Twitter is good for short, limited discussions or activities.
However, if you're working with younger students, I would recommend a social networking site like Edmodo, rather than Facebook, because it was created specifically for education. (There's more info on my blog, here.)
As for Twitter, there are some ideas on using it on this blog post (scroll down to the "Twitter projects" section).
I think that it depends on what you want to do with them. Facebook is probably going to be better for collaboration on projects and other classwork. However, there are some cool projects that can be done using Twitter. Check out this Romeo and Juliet project. And don't forget the great research tool that Twitter can be. So, in the end, I think that they both have their own productive uses in the classroom.
If they are unblocked at a school, I would use both of them.
I think Facebook would be good for setting up a classroom page to where the teacher can communicate with the students like posting of assignments, and the students can also ask for help on certain things that they are having trouble with while working on homework outside of class.
Hello Skye. I work at a state university which provides a blackboard based platform. However it is too little dynamic so I have setup facebook and twitter sites for my class. Twitter works better to engage students in fast lane activities. I use it a lot to send out puzzles (little problems in which they get grade points for solving a situation I pose). Fb is used mostly for groups discussions or pre exam tutoring on some subjects barely discussed in class. So it depends on the type of class and style of teaching and learning. One also must know what students use most. Mine look a lot for tweets more than fb wall messages.
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