Immerse yourself in FacebookBy Best Practice Models for Learningwith Social NetworksWho am IHow do I use Facebook?
Hi, I’m Nia Wearn, I’ll be helping you with navigating Facebook – Feel free to add me as a friend http://www.facebook.com/wormella In fact I’m on most Social Media under ‘Wormella’ I teach Computer Games I also use almost all ofDesign at Staffs Uni – I do these, on an almost dailydesign documentation and basis, to marketing, but my main communicate, discover new concentration is on how ideas, chat, inspire, help andgroups work, and how you have fun. can get them to make games. I’m what you call a Digital Native I use Facebook a lot for this.. (or a geek, or a nerd, or just tragic…)
How I use Facebook #1 – Day to Day Communication There isn’t really an average day, but in the last 24hrs I’ve used Facebook in the following ways to communicate. Message and Saved Chats (everyone from my husband, a friend who’s leaving, some colleagues, my editor, a student and a reminder about an event) Comment on a post Instant Message A student was asking for help on an A quick chat with assignment one of my FYP students about his survey Note the other student chipping in too – that’s always nice to see… Notifications24hrs of notifications
How I use Facebook #2 – Organising Friends According to Facebook I have 636 friends – this isn’t really true Some of them are My friends are organised into lists – if pubs, clubs, local I could be bothered I would make services, game accounts; sure that only certain people couldthere’s at least one cat, a see certain stuff. tortoise and a megalomaniac stuffed I just always keep in mind that my lizard. students, my mum, my mother-in- law, my employers and my friends Mainly they’re made up can see pretty much everything I of students – I made the post. This keeps me in check… decision a while ago to only have 1 account Facebook have made the privacy settings and list sharing really easy – (I did try having two, one but it’s good practice to start puttingfor work, one for play but your friends into lists from day one. it got messy)Other people I work with Facebook will automatically start have this two account making some lists for you… system.
How I use Facebook #3 – Groups Groups have evolved a lot since Facebook started – they are now a really usefulway of keeping in touch with people – you don’t need to be friends with everyone in a group. Groups come in 3 flavours, open, closed & secret Open Groups are great for large causes etc – anyone can join Closed Groups like this one for my FYP students, or a group project makes for a safe environment to swap details and ask questions – and there’s also group chat Most of my students work groups are closed – with admins & Secret Groups don’t appear members inviting others anywhere else, great for but it tends to keep discussions off radar or them focussed organising surprise parties
How I use Facebook #4 – Pages While you Join a Group you Like a Page – It’s a much more one sided relationship then a group – great for promoting things like bands, or brands – you can limit how people interact with a page, but they are always public, unlike groups Pages act a little like people, they can like things, you can send messages to all of the people that like it, but you can’t chat with them. As a Page Admin you get all kinds of All of our juicy metrics on the reach and courses have a interactions of your pages. page withspecific info for What you use, and how you use it, will dictate how you can best use that course on Facebook for learning… it
How I use Facebook #5 – Events Anything with a set time and place can be made into an event. Much like Groups – they can be Public or Private(or somewhere in between) – You can RSVP yes, no or maybe to any event sent to you. We use them a lot to publicisesevents, talks, games jams etc to our student body
How I use Facebook #6 – Sharing Before you think I have too much time on my hands (although a lot of this is part of my required duties) – a lot of content on my Facebook is shared from other things – similarly lots of links etc are shared onto other things, like pages or groups These have all come via something else (a blog or checkin service) Most other Social Networks have a share on / post to Facebook option. I make sure what I do share is relevant These are likes and comments Almost every ‘item of content’ generated by on Facebook, a link, a status the post from GetGlue update, or a photo is sharable – across everything else. You can share most things, from most things – so Most blogs and sites have from groups, or pages onto a share on Facebook profiles and vice-versa button too
So, that’s a quick round up of how I use Facebook, to interact with students, keep an eye on group work and promote our courses and events. I’ll be on-line all day if youneed me for anything then add me as a friend – then you can send me a message or @ mention me in a status (that way it will turn up on my notifications) To ‘@’ mention someone Use the @character and start typing a name – when you see the person you want to mention come up click on them in with the mouse. You will know it’s worked, my name will be highlighted in blue – It makes it into a link (you can do the same trick with pages & groups) Thanks for reading, Nia