Facebook for teachers and schools isn’t just about staying connected. More and more educators are finding resources, sharing lessons, and blogging classroom gripes through social media sites. Next time you check your facebook page, click “like” for these 10 schools.
Teaching high school students, I favor colleges and universities. Many higher education facebook pages allow students to chat live with admissions counselors, like Mount Holyoke College. While on a virtual visit, get a feel for life at the school by reading blogs posted by students as well as faculty.
Facebook’s founder attended Harvard, so you better “like” it. Just kidding. But not only will a Harvard nod make you look smart, The Harvard Crimson‘s blog will keep you sounding like an insider. Harvard’s page easily links to the school’s official website and other social media sites like Twitter and You Tube.
Ithaca College boasts creating a community of all things Ithaca on its facebook page. Prospective students may sign up to chat with students and admissions in addition to checking out student blogs. Those who like Ithaca find informative articles, athletic news, and even job postings to maintain its claim as a community. If you’re looking for a page to model your own school’s, look no further.
Teachers seeking how to incorporate facebook into curriculum may like Louisiana State University’s Facebook page. In addition to valuable links and information, LSU’s humorous polls are worth a look.
If school lunches make you nauseous, try checking out Kansas State University’s facebook to access the Barf Blog. It’s one of EduDemic’s favorite blogs authored by a food safety associate professor. Share with students to let them know lunch could be worse; they’ll also enjoy a humorous teacher.
Looking for ideas on how to use social media in your school? edSocialMedia on facebook may not actually be one school, but teachers like it because it connects dozens of elementary and high schools. The site offers useful tips, social media “boot camps” for educators, and ideas for integrating social media into lessons, like “photo blogging”.
In 2009, Elmbrook School District in Brookfield, Wisconsin, banned teachers and students from using Facebook. This may be why Elmbrook School District’s Facebook only has one friend. Teachers with helpful and safe ideas for social media may consider making nice with Elmbrook and sharing student work, lesson plans, and support for social networking advantages in schools.
When it comes to sharing resources and lessons, homeschoolers put expensive, high-tech computer labs to shame. Social networking sites, like facebook, allow decades of creative parents to share ideas and connect for fieldtrips and social events. A to Z: Home’s Cool is frequently updated with articles and valuable links for parents and teachers.
Stay connected to your educational roots and show love to all of your former schools. Share ideas for using social media and resources with your old teachers. Students will enjoy learning a little bit more about their teacher.
Last, but not least, “like” your school. Post helpful tips for parents and students, school news and contact information, and upcoming events. Provide a list of useful Facebook applications reviewed by teachers.Check out101 Facebook Apps for Students
for applications to promote school spirit, search for colleges, and prepare for exams. Social media, used properly, will make teachers’ lives a little easier.
A to Z: Home’s Cool. (2010). Retrieved September 29, 2010 from http://www.facebook.com/pages/A-to-Z-Homes-Cool/200944793161
50 Best Schools Using Social Media. (2010). Edudemic. Retrieved September 29, 2010, from http://edudemic.com/2010/05/the-50-best-schools-using-social-media/
edSocialMedia. (2010). Retrieved September 29, 2010, from http://www.facebook.com/edsocialmedia
Elmbrook School District. (2010). Retrieved September 29, 2010, from http://www.facebook.com/pages/Elmbrook-School-District/126529304057052?v=desc&ref=ts
Harvard University. (2010). Retrieved September 29, 2010, from http://www.facebook.com/Harvard?ref=ts
Mount Holyoke College. (2010). Retrieved September 29, 2010, from http://www.facebook.com/mountholyoke#!/pages/Mount-Holyoke-College/109395472412070?ref=ts
Kansas State. (2010). Retrieved September 29, 2010, from http://www.facebook.com/KState?ref=ts
Louisiana State University. (2010). Retrieved September 29, 2010, from http://www.facebook.com/pages/Louisiana-State-University/112811632066183?ref=ts