The 411 on Facebook: An FYI for Teachers


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The 411 on Facebook: An FYI for Teachers

  1. 1. The 411 on Facebook: An FYI for Teachers Presented by: Angela Patterson
  2. 2. SESSION 1 Familiarizing yourself with Facebook and it’s capabilities
  3. 3. What are Social Networking Services (SNS)? <ul><li>Websites that allow people to connect, collaborate, and form virtual communities through interactive web applications. </li></ul><ul><li>These sites allow people to send e-mails, post comments, build web content and/or take part in live chats. </li></ul><ul><li>According to a Pew Internet and American Life Project study, 55% of teens have used social networking sites like My Space or Facebook. </li></ul>
  4. 4. What is ? <ul><li>According to , </li></ul><ul><li>“ Facebook is a social utility that helps people communicate more efficiently with their friends, family, and coworkers.” </li></ul><ul><li>As of April 2009, Facebook has more than 200 million active users and more than 100 million of these users log on at least once each day. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Origins <ul><li>Originally named “thefacebook.” </li></ul><ul><li>Founded in February 2004 by Mark Zuckerberg, a Harvard undergraduate. </li></ul><ul><li>Intended to replace paper “face books” with student photos and personal information of incoming freshman to Harvard. </li></ul><ul><li>The main purpose was to help students at the same school get to know each other better in order to assist in adjusting to college. </li></ul><ul><li>Originally contained a restricted network to those affiliated with educational institutions. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Expands <ul><li>By March 2004, Facebook expands from Harvard to Stanford, Columbia, and Yale. </li></ul><ul><li>Moves their headquarters to Palo Alto, California. </li></ul><ul><li>By December 2004, Facebook reaches 1 million active users. </li></ul><ul><li>By 2006, Facebook expanded to include more colleges and universities, both nationally and internationally, high schools, the military, companies, and international networks. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Who Can Join ? <ul><li>Anyone with a valid e-mail address is eligible to join. </li></ul><ul><li>Facebook recommends that children between the ages of 13 and 18 receive parental permission prior to joining. </li></ul><ul><li>Children under the age of 13 are not permitted to join. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Why do your students use ? <ul><li>To be connected to and interact with others whether friends from school or people from around the globe. </li></ul><ul><li>To share common interests with others by joining groups on Facebook (based on favorite movies, music, political affiliations, potential colleges, etc.). </li></ul><ul><li>To create their own personal webpages, blogs, or profiles. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Why do your students use ? <ul><li>A study published in Bell Labs Technical Journal surveyed 68 undergraduate students to find the reasons why they used social networking sites such as Facebook. </li></ul><ul><li>The table to the right provides the results. </li></ul>19 Other 3 Because you can send a message to multiple people 7 I use it when I don’t have any contact info 10 Everyone is doing it 10 I use it only in response to someone contacting me on the site 12 I use it when I’m bored 12 To post or look at photos 17 It’s fun; entertaining 41 To keep in touch with friends % Respondents Categories of Responses
  10. 10. What are the benefits for your students? <ul><li>Through the eyes of a student, Facebook affords him or her with the opportunity to: </li></ul><ul><li>Become authors through their creative and expressive works on their personal pages. </li></ul><ul><li>Promote political causes. </li></ul><ul><li>Explore self-expression and popular culture. </li></ul><ul><li>Explore their interests. </li></ul><ul><li>Through the eyes of a teacher, Facebook affords students with the ability to: </li></ul><ul><li>Explore their identity to assist in its development and formation. </li></ul><ul><li>Develop communication skills. </li></ul><ul><li>Develop self-esteem. </li></ul><ul><li>Develop skills for the future (college and/or workforce). </li></ul><ul><li>Receive emotional support. </li></ul>
  11. 11. The Cons of <ul><li>Uncertainty of on-line predators </li></ul><ul><li>Potential for on-line stalking </li></ul><ul><li>Cyber bullying/Harassment </li></ul><ul><li>Negative effect on potential future employment </li></ul><ul><li>Pre-conceived opinions about others prior to knowing them </li></ul><ul><li>Problems transitioning to real face-to-face interactions </li></ul><ul><li>Potential to neglect school assignments </li></ul><ul><li>Potential to disclose too much personal information </li></ul>
  12. 12. Ideas for Classroom Use <ul><li>Students can: </li></ul><ul><li>Write poetry or stories and post to their Facebook pages for others to comment and/or critique </li></ul><ul><li>Create and post videos to their Facebook pages to highlight important issues or report on a topic </li></ul><ul><li>Collaborate on a project and provide feedback to one another through postings on Facebook </li></ul><ul><li>Practice digital citizenship through etiquette on Facebook </li></ul>
  13. 13. Time to Get Started… <ul><li>View the following tutorial about Facebook: </li></ul><ul><li>Registering for Facebook </li></ul><ul><li>Site Tour of Facebook </li></ul><ul><li>Your Profile </li></ul><ul><li>Go to and register. </li></ul><ul><li>For more tutorials on Facebook, go to: </li></ul>
  14. 14. It’s your turn… <ul><li>Time for you to create your own Facebook </li></ul><ul><li>Brainstorming assignment for the next session, “How can I use Facebook in my classroom?” </li></ul>
  15. 15. SESSION 2 Safety & Trends for SNS’s & Think-Pair-Share Lesson Planning
  16. 16. Safety & <ul><li>The following are just a few headlines that were in the news regarding Facebook and safety: </li></ul><ul><li>“ New Scrutiny for Facebook Over Predators” – The New York Times, July 30, 2007 </li></ul><ul><li>“ NY Blasts Facebook Over Predators” – PC World, September 24, 2007 </li></ul><ul><li>“ Facebook Subpoenaed After Sexual Predator Concerns Ignored” – Fox, September 25, 2007 </li></ul><ul><li>“ Thousands of My Space Sex Offender Refugees Found on Facebook” – Tech Crunch, February 3, 2009 </li></ul>
  17. 17. Safety & <ul><li>The following are Facebook’s policies regarding safety and privacy: </li></ul><ul><li>According to , “Facebook aspires to be an environment where people can interact safely with their friends and the people around them. We have implemented many safety and privacy controls on Facebook as part of our goal to enable people to share their information with only the people they want to see it.” </li></ul><ul><li>In regards to Facebook’s safety and privacy controls, “Facebook cannot guarantee that its site is entirely free of illegal, offensive, pornographic or otherwise inappropriate material, or that its members will not encounter inappropriate or illegal conduct from other members. Consequently, you may encounter such content and conduct.” </li></ul>
  18. 18. How Do We Help Protect Our Students? <ul><li>The key is through EDUCATION! </li></ul><ul><li>Not only should we educate the students, but also their parents as well. </li></ul><ul><li>There are several ways in which our students can continue to use SNS’s such as Facebook and be safe on-line. </li></ul>
  19. 19. Safety Tips for <ul><li>#1 – PRIVACY </li></ul><ul><li>Students can change their privacy settings in Facebook to restrict access to unwanted “friends” or unknown individuals. </li></ul><ul><li>Here’s how… </li></ul><ul><li>After logging in to Facebook, on the menu bar, you will locate “Settings.” </li></ul><ul><li>A drop down menu will appear, where you will select “Privacy Settings.” </li></ul>
  20. 20. Safety Tips for <ul><li>In “Privacy Settings,” you can control who can… </li></ul><ul><li>View your profile </li></ul><ul><li>Search for and contact you </li></ul><ul><li>View your Wall and News Feeds </li></ul><ul><li>View information on your applications </li></ul><ul><li>You can also block specific individuals </li></ul>
  21. 21. Safety Tips for <ul><li>Your Profile Privacy Settings </li></ul><ul><li>There are several categories for your basic profile settings. </li></ul><ul><li>Many categories have drop down menus to limit the people who can view that item. </li></ul><ul><li>To play it safe, choose Only Friends so that the people that you have chosen to be your “friends” on Facebook are the only people who can see your Facebook. </li></ul><ul><li>Be sure to Save Changes when you are finished. </li></ul>
  22. 22. Safety Tips for <ul><li>#2 – Play It Safe </li></ul><ul><li>Students can follow these protocols to ensure their safety once their privacy settings have been set: </li></ul><ul><li>Never share your password with anyone. </li></ul><ul><li>Never post personal information such as your address, phone number, birthday, class schedule, or other identifiable information. </li></ul><ul><li>Never arrange to meet someone that you have met on-line. </li></ul><ul><li>Never add someone to your “friends” list if you do not know who they are in person. </li></ul><ul><li>Never call someone you have met on-line. </li></ul><ul><li>Report users or content that violate Facebook’s Terms of Use. </li></ul><ul><li>Block and report anyone that sends you unwanted or inappropriate communications. </li></ul>
  23. 23. If Not … Then, What’s Next? <ul><li>Technology changes rapidly. </li></ul><ul><li>New ways for students to communicate are being developed every day. </li></ul><ul><li>There are already many different services students can use other than Facebook. </li></ul>
  24. 24. Other SNS Technologies Rate and share movie reviews, share movie interests with others, play games, watch free movies, etc. Flixster Connect with others, create profiles, chat, photos, games, etc. Tagged Web Address Discover and create your own SNS based on your interests. Ning Share photos, comments on other photos, photography related networking, etc. Flickr Connect with others, explore music and videos, central hub for all other SNS’s, etc. Bebo Connect with others, blog, rank music, etc. My Space Description of SNS Name of Site
  25. 25. Implications for New Technology <ul><li>It is important for not only teachers, but also parents to stay abreast with the new trends in technology in order to keep students safe on-line. </li></ul><ul><li>Teachers need to monitor students as they use the school’s technology while completing assignments for class. </li></ul><ul><li>Parents need to always know what their children are doing on-line. Always check on your child when he or she is on-line. Don’t be afraid to ask questions! </li></ul>
  26. 26. Think-Pair-Share <ul><li>It’s time to apply what you’ve learned about Facebook for your students. </li></ul><ul><li>Based on your brainstorming from Session 1, pair up with a colleague that teaches a similar subject matter and share your ideas. </li></ul>
  27. 27. Your Task <ul><li>Create a lesson plan involving Facebook based on your think-pair-share collaboration. </li></ul><ul><li>Send your lesson plan via e-mail to the presenter to distribute to the other workshop participants. </li></ul>
  28. 28. Conclusion <ul><li>Our students are social beings by nature and communication is a priority. </li></ul><ul><li>Facebook and other social networking services meet the needs of our students. </li></ul><ul><li>It is important for us as educators to make our students aware of the issues surrounding SNS’s and teach them digital citizenship. </li></ul><ul><li>After all, our classrooms may be the only place where students can learn how to be smart and safe on-line. </li></ul>
  29. 29. Resources <ul><li>Images: </li></ul><ul><li>Microsoft Clip Art </li></ul><ul><li>Images modified from Facebook </li></ul><ul><li>AJC1. “Facebook logo.” [Photograph]. Retrieved April 27, 2009, from </li></ul><ul><li>Content: </li></ul><ul><li>(2007). Social networking services. Library Technology Reports , 43, 45 – 51. </li></ul><ul><li>Blanding, M. (2009). Thanks for the add. Now help me with my homework. Ed.Magazine . Retrieved March 17, 2009, from . </li></ul><ul><li>Coyle, C. L., & Vaughn, H. (2008). Social networking: communication revolution or evolution? Bell Labs Technical Journal , 13 (2), 13-18. </li></ul><ul><li>Eberhardt, D. M. (2007). Facing up to Facebook. About Campus , 12 (4), 18 – 26. </li></ul><ul><li>Facebook Company Timeline . (n. d.). Retrieved April 25, 2009, from . </li></ul>
  30. 30. Resources <ul><li>Facebook Fact Sheet . (n. d.) Retrieved April 25, 2009, from . </li></ul><ul><li>Facebook Safety . (n. d.). Retrieved April 25, 2009, from . </li></ul><ul><li> Safety . (2007). Retrieved April 30, 2009, from . </li></ul><ul><li>Facebook Statistics . (n. d.). Retrieved April 25, 2009, from . </li></ul><ul><li>Noll, K. (2006). Facebook: The pros and cons. Retrieved April 24, 2009, from . </li></ul><ul><li>O’Hanlon, C. (2007). If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em. T.H.E. Journal , 34 (8), 38 – 42. </li></ul><ul><li>Pew Internet & American Life Project. Social networking websites and teens: An overview [Data file]. Retrieved from . </li></ul>
  31. 31. Resources <ul><li>Timm, D. M., & Duven, C. J. (2008). Privacy and social networking sites. New Directions For Student Services , 124, 89 – 102. </li></ul><ul><li>Westlake, E. J. (2008). Friend me if you facebook. Generation y and performative surveillance. TDR: The Drama Review , 52 (4), 21 – 40. </li></ul><ul><li>Williams, A., & Merten, M. J. (2008). A review of online social networking profiles by adolescents: Implications for future research and intervention. Adolescence , 43 (170), 253-274. </li></ul><ul><li>Young Adult Library Services Association. (2008). Teens & social networking in school & public libraries: A toolkit for librarians & library workers. Retrieved April 27, 2009, from . </li></ul>
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