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Guest Post: Facebook in the Classroom

Facebook in the Classroom

by Andrea Erins

While Facebook was once discouraged and even banned from many classrooms and schools, educators are beginning to embrace the social networking tool as a way to enhance students’ learning experience.

So how can teachers use Facebook in the classroom, you might ask? Here are some ideas.

1. Classroom Groups – This is one of the most popular ways that teachers are using Facebook. Teachers can give students Facebook-related assignments such as posting what they learned or questions they have on the group “wall.” This will encourage other students can respond and encourages collaborative learning through discussion. The teacher can also post relevant links with additional material for the students to view.

The key to using a classroom group on Facebook is to make it private. Teachers should create separate profiles with strict privacy settings that they only use for school. Students can also create separate accounts or they can simply adjust their privacy settings to limit what content the teacher sees. The classroom group should also be private so that only the teacher, students, school administrators, and parents can view it.

2. Messages – Facebook is a great way to keep everyone informed. Teachers can send messages to everyone in the classroom group about unexpected absences, upcoming events, rescheduled exams, or missed assignments. They can also send a private message to an individual student or parent – these days, many people will be more likely to respond to Facebook than to an email.

3. Sharing Content – Teachers can post a link to an interesting webpage, article, or video that they want their students to view. They could also add photos from a recent class trip or project. They can even post notes from class, homework assignments, or study guides. Even students can get involved and post related links or photos to enhance the learning experience.

4. Keep Everyone Updated – If a parent has a Facebook account, it’s easy for them to stay updated on classroom happenings. All they have to do is check the class group page. If they have a specific concern, they can also send a private message to the teacher.

5. Class Project – Facebook itself can turn into a class project. Have students make Facebook profiles for fictional characters or historical figures and have them interact with each other the way the characters would. The students will get into the role-playing aspect and will embrace this chance to check Facebook as part of their homework, rather than use it as a distraction from doing work.


Andrea Erins has been a college professor for 13 years and likes to write about various topics related to education. She is the owner of the site  Masters in Education.




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New Campaign Flyers!

Check out the re-election flyers! Actually got some help from the pros at Topshelf Creative on this one.

Let me know if you would like some to distribute or just to have as mementos!

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BC’s New Education Plan Unveiled Today!


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Is “B.C.’s education system broken”? Heck no!

In a recent Province column, Jon Ferry discusses Thomas Fleming’s book A World Apart. According to Ferry, Fleming claims that “our overly politicized school system is rudderless, leaderless and essentially broken.”

Other quotes in the article are equally scathing, mostly regarding the conflict between the Education Ministry, the BCSTA, and the BCTF.

Certainly, if all one did to gather information was to follow the news, this viewpoint might be seen as having some validity–but only if one does not spend any time in public schools.

While I would agree that the frequent negativity and bickering from the “higher ups” is unproductive and, frankly, immature, our public schools continue to offer exceptional, world class education for our children. We are consistently seen as having one of the best public school systems in the world.

As a parent and a trustee I am both excited and proud of our public schools on the Sunshine Coast.

Something definitely needs to change within the politicized realm of public education, but, fortunately “on the ground” our public schools remain vibrant, amazing places that offer the best educational experiences available!




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What is BC’s New Education Plan?

George Abbott, minister of Education, put out a missive this week that seemed to mostly fly under the radar (thanks to Susan Skinner, North Vancouver Trustee, for pointing it out).

The plan contains many ideas we’ve heard before, but not a lot of detail about any proposed changes. There are 5 key elements to the “plan”:

  • Personalized learning for every student.
  • Quality teaching and learning.
  • More flexibility and choice.
  • High standards.
  • Learning empowered by technology.
Do you foresee any of these changes occuring?
And how will they ultimately look?


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Public Sunshine Coast Board of Education Meeting: Tuesday October 11, 2011.

The next regular meeting of the Sunshine Coast Board of Education will be Tuesday October 11, 2011, 7:00pm, at the School Board office. Did you know that the agendas for regular public meetings are available on the Friday prior to meetings? You can find the full October agenda here. If you can’t attend the meeting, express yourself here, or via email:

Here are a few highlights: Continue reading

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Changes Coming to BC College of Teachers

The BC Liberals have pledged to implement changes to the professional body that regulates teachers in BC. The college came under fire last year after a review by Don Avison.

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