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Using Facebook Groups in School – A Brief Report/Evaluation


For the past year I have been trialing the use of Facebook groups in school, to see if they improved communication with some of our students.

I have finally written a brief report on my findings. These include surveys given to teachers and students, as well as some recommendations for next year.

Click on the link below to download the report.

FACEBOOK REPORT

You may also be interested in more of my posts on Social Networks:

JISC Inform – Social Media, Who Needs It?

E-Safety Presentation for Parents – Part 2: Social Networks

Facebook Privacy Settings – Teach Your Students

Social Media for Schools

Social Networks in Schools: How to Make it Work

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10 comments

  1. Hey Matt – thanks for the report.

    I was just wondering about a couple of points:

    – Did students find it at all invasive of their ‘personal’ sphere using Facebook Groups for school work?

    – Did you get any negative push-back from parents?

    – Having mentioned Edmodo in your report, and aside from the fact that students are pretty much all on Facebook, what’s your opinion on the use of Facebook over Edmodo at a school such as yours?

    – Lastly – what was the reason that some of the 8 teachers you surveyed decided to go ahead with a profile & group set-up, but then ended up not making any use of their new groups?

    Thanks in advance for your time.

    Ryan

    1. Hi Ryan, thanks for reading and thanks for your questions.

      1. They didn’t mention that it was a problem. It just seemed quite natural for them. Many of the groups felt like ‘theirs’ so they had some ownership over them, even though they were set up by teachers. We even had students requesting groups for clubs and academic subjects.

      2. We have not had any negative feedback from parents. None that I was told about, at least.

      3. Edmodo is not ‘theirs’ it is set up by us for academic purposes. Although, I do love it. Edmodo works just fine, but I wanted to try how Facebook would work.

      I think FB was better for older students, it feels more grown up than Edmodo.

      4. One of the problems was that some teachers lost interest or simply forgot to log in or contribute to the group. Some of my recommendations should improve on this.

      Have your questions been answered in enough detail?

      Thanks.

    1. I am leaving in January and moving to a new school. I will push it some more this term to make sure that everyone is happy before I leave.

      Plus, I want us to start to work on the recommendations.

      Thanks.

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