It’s becoming the case that schools are looking for more and more impact when it comes to their use of technology in the classroom. When you have an ecosystem that works on every platform, works on every device and is free; it makes sense to capitalise on the pre-existing skills that students, parents, colleagues, everyone, have in utilising this technology.
Facebook provides a safe, clear and open environment that is known by all. Research (such as that completed by Nesta for Decoding Learning: 2012) gives compelling evidence use of technology in education often fails due to a lack of training and support for teachers, “Support the teacher – to achieve the full potential of using digital technologies in learning, teachers need support and training.” With a tool so widely used by so many, leveraging the power of Facebook to work with your students, your communities and sharing your learning and your successes. Facebook makes sense.
Talking of Facebook making sense, educators are becoming ever aware of the powerful edtech framework purported by Dr Ruben Puentedura popularly referred to as the ‘SAMR’ model.
In the SAMR model, educators looking to provide transformational learning opportunities look to create learning episodes that transform learning through significant task redesign; where the tasks created are ones which would have previously been inconceivable if it weren’t for the technology. Facebook provides us with such opportunities in spades. Whether it’s sharing work and gaining feedback from peers in the class you link with with in Finland, or being inspired by the sharing and collaboration within your own classroom, Facebook can do it all. Think too about how those pieces of work and the collaboration and sharing can be supercharged even further through tying in with other web apps such as Google Drive or Credly (a tool for awarding your students badges for positive behaviours), with this many wins – why wouldn’t you consider it?