Using Social networks (Facebook) in education
Created by Donatas Bukelis
Create a group in facebook.com...................................................................................................... 3
Create a facebook.com page.......................................................................................................... 12
100 ways to use Facebook.com in education by category .............................................................. 16
Sharing educational resources using Facebook.com ...................................................................... 21
Using Google Docs....................................................................................................................... 25
Video tutorials creating and sharing on youtube.com .................................................................... 30
Resources ..................................................................................................................................... 31
Everyone is using www.facebook.com even in classroom. Better practice - not to use prsonal
account for education purpose. Facebook. com can be used in education by creating special group
or page in www.facebook.com. In this way we can share our resources and give opportunity for
students to do the same.
Create a group in facebook.com
Login to www.facebook.com and press this link:
Write down group name. It can be group of class or subject you are teaching. In
privacy settings we can decide how this groups content can be visible?
Also you can change a icon of the group page. You can press Skip if you do not need it.
After group page is created. We can change main settings. Press settings icon and select Edit
We can change group name, privacy settings. In this panel we can control who of members can
invite and confirm new members of this group.
If you want that every could add and approve members - select option Any member can add or
approve members. It is recommended to select other option. That means everyone can invite but
only administrators can approve new members of this group.
Group email address can be created in Facebook. For registering group email address press link
Set Group address
Enter address and press Set Address.
Group Computer Trainings can be accessible by following addresses
Also you can add short description of the group and tags.
Also chose who can post to the group - all members or admins
Select one option:
To prevent posting without administrators confirmation you can select on Post Approval.
Administrator of this group can be other member also.
Press Members and on member settings select Make Admin
Create Group event
You can create group event. Actions the same as in case you create event in your own profile.
Press link Events. There is events calendar. Events can be used and created for assessment dates of
other activity in classroom. All group members see these events in calendar and can start planning
Press Create Event.
Also you can post comments, photos or videos on this event in facebook.com
You can invite friends or members to this event. Press Invite members.
There is opportunity to create and share documents in facebook.com groups. Facebook.com has
own text editor. You can use it for notes.
Press Create Document link. This editor has basic tools for text editing.
You can preview such documents directly on facebook.
Better solution is to upload documents created using MS Word, MS Excel or MS PowerPoint Press
Upload File. Chose file from your computer. Press Browse (Like attaching file in email).
Uploaded document can be downloaded by any member to his computer. Need to press Download
Document can be previewed directly form facebook.com using Web apps. Just press on Preview.
Sometimes we need update document and upload. In this case facebook will save as new version
and you can track versions or preview previous version also. Press Upload New Version. Facebook
will add versions name to file name and it is easy to track.
You can preview or download any version you need. For preview facebook.com uses Word online
This document can be converted to pdf or downloaded to computer also from Online word
environment. The same can be done with Excel or PowerPoint files.
Uploaded Powerpoint presentations can be demonstrated directly in web using hyperlink or this link
can be send by email to other member.
Create a facebook.com page
Press Create a Page
For this case select Company, Organization or Institution. Select School and write down name.
Press Get Started.
Recommended fill more information about this page. Short description, information about other
webpage. Also you can create more user friendly address link to your new facebook.com page.
Visitors can easily access your page using new address like
If this page is for real school or organization select yes.
Created page requires profile photo. You can add it two ways. One - upload a photo from your
computer. Second import from other website by pasting hyperlink to jpg or other picture file.
To upload file from computer press
Upload from computer. Upload photo like you are uploading on your own peofile. You can add
your webpage to favorites. Other press Skip.
Next step is for facebook adds. If you do not want to spend money for facebook adds press Skip.
Page admin panel helps you to invite your facebook.com friends to visit your page.
Press on friends name.
Facebook page profile is like your own profile - you can update status, upload photo, video, create
event and etc. Press Share something on your Page.
It is the same as you now are sharing information and resources on your own facebook.com profile.
Using Administrators panel you can change page settings. Press link Edit page and select Edit
Press- Page Info link for changing address links, email or description. Add contact information like
Press - Page Roles link for changing roles and granting permissions for members. On members
name select members role.
Or search for members name and then select role
Manager - web site manager - permissions are the same as yours.
Content creator - can edit, post and manage content of the page.
Moderator - responsible for removal not correct content, posts and etc.
100 ways to use Facebook.com in education by category
Resources on Facebook
Facebook is so much more than vapid status updates. You can find resources for research, connect
with local (and international) public figures, and find out what’s new and interesting in museums.
1.Ask for information: Instead of trusting Wikipedia, ask the crowd on Facebook. One kindergarten
teacher asked parents to research seeds and got great information about the largest seed in the world
according to the Guinness Book of World Records.
2.Attend remote lectures: Using Facebook, you can tune into remote lectures and presentations from
around the world.
3.Museums and more: Help your students follow along with local and international museums, art
galleries, exhibits, and more for enriched learning on Facebook.
4.Firsthand research: Students can connect with family members for genealogy assignments,
discuss issues with local celebrities and more through Facebook.
5.Follow politicians: If your class is studying the current election, use Facebook to follow
politicians on the local, state, and national scale. You can even ask students to interact with the
candidates, posting questions and getting feedback.
6.Learning games: Plenty of games are on Facebook, and many of them are actually educational.
Adopt Facebook crosswords, math games, and more as a reward in your classroom.
7.Public polling: Students can research and poll friends and family members by simply asking
questions on Facebook.
8.Applications: Flashcards, Courses, and more offer easy ways to adopt and create learning tools in
Projects & Assignments
Facebook is an interesting platform for learning, and these ideas offer great ways to make the site a
part of projects and assignments in your classroom.
9.Rise to meet a challenge: As a class, you can participate in challenges posted by educational
outlets, companies, and more.
10.Book reviews: Ask students to head to Facebook to review and report on books that you’ve
assigned in class, sharing what they’ve learned with the rest of the class.
11.Get support: If your school is being forced to cut a service due to budget constraints, or your
classroom needs help getting connected with a resource, head to Facebook and ask for help.
12.Offer extra credit: Post extra-credit assignments on Facebook that students can quickly take
13.News gathering: Your classroom can follow journalists and media outlets on social networks,
gathering past and current news clips relevant to your latest classroom discussions.
14.Documenting growth: Whether it’s a potted plant or a caterpillar, students can document the
growth of classroom projects through Facebook.
15.Teaching 21st century skills: Use Facebook to create a lesson on using social media tools for
collaboration, news, networking, and more.
16.Build a Facebook application: Computer science students can learn valuable skills for the future
by taking on a project to create an app that can be used on Facebook.
17.Ask students to create content: Have students try their hand as content creators by sharing
resources, sparking discussions, taking polls, and more.
18.Take on a classroom cause: Using the Causes application on Facebook, students can take on
projects that benefit the greater good.
19.Brainstorm: Ask students to collaborate and brainstorm on your classroom’s Facebook page.
20.Journal entries: Students can post regular journal entries to share with the class via a classroom
Page or Group.
21.Scavenger hunt: Put together a scavenger hunt kids can participate in, sharing clues and hints on
22.Facebook book club: Host a regular book club gathering with your students on Facebook.
23.A lesson in social media etiquette: Use Facebook in the classroom as an opportunity to teach
students how to be safe, polite, and effective when using Facebook and other social media tools.
24.Resource curation: Students can gather news links, photos, videos, and more to share on the
classroom Facebook page, curating valuable resources for the class.
25.Exam practice: Keep students on their toes and prepared for exams by posting exam practice
activities on Facebook.
26.Create fake profiles: Students often love filling out their own profiles, so creating fake ones
offers great appeal. Ask students to create fake profiles for historical figures, fictional characters,
27.Reading summaries: After each reading assignment, ask students to post a summary of what
they’ve just covered.
28.Broadcast school news: Ask students to be the source, taking on a classroom journalism project
to report on sports results, campus news, events, and more.
Give students, parents, and your community something of value by sharing knowledge and
resources through the power of Facebook.
29.Import your class blog to Facebook: If your class maintains a blog, be sure to have it shared on
30.Ask parents to get involved: Parents can follow along as kids post their projects, and even
highlight any insightful resources they may know about.
31.Pet day can get a little less scary: Students with pets that are not quite appropriate for school
(like huge pythons or newborn kittens) can still participate, sharing photos of their beloved friend at
32.Archived videos: Important lectures, slides, and more can be shared and saved on Facebook.
33.Document class trips: Headed to the zoo? Have your class share the tasks of taking photos,
notes, and more to share in a Facebook report on the activity.
34.Highlighting vocabulary: An easy and quick way to fit vocabulary review into study time is
posting words and definitions on Facebook.
35.Make graphs out of parent data: Ask parents about household habits, favorite animals, and more,
creating graphs in your classroom that you can share on Facebook.
36.Explore Questions: Facebook offers a Questions app, which is clearly useful for the classroom
and allows teachers to ask questions about photos, topics, and more with responses from students.
37.Archive discussions: Facebook is a great place to link to and archive classroom slides,
discussions, and more that students can reference if they missed class or need to review.
38.Posting educational content: Teachers can post educational videos and links for concepts that are
currently being discussed in class.
Collaboration & Discussion
Students, educational professionals, and even parents can get together for collaboration and
discussion through Facebook.
39.Ask for feedback on assignments and activities: If you’re not sure of a new assignment or
activity that you’d like to introduce in your classroom, ask students what they think on Facebook.
40.Writing workshops: Facebook’s collaborative nature makes it easy for students to participate in
writing workshops with peer review and instructor oversight.
41.Set up a Facebook backchannel: For courses that are simply too large to allow every student to
participate in the discussion, encourage students to communicate through a Facebook discussion
wall that operates during class time.
42.Practice foreign language with native speakers: Use Facebook to connect your classroom with
speakers around the world, and get a chance to improve their foreign language skills.
43.Encourage online participation: Bring quiet students out of their shell by asking them to
participate in Facebook discussions.
44.Create study groups: Allow study groups and group projects to easily connect with each other
within their own Facebook groups.
45.Take classroom polls: Need to gather classroom opinions on snack time, movie Friday, or the
next book to read? Take a poll on Facebook!
46.Get connected with guest speakers: Use Facebook to track down old students or professionals
that would make for great guest speakers in your classroom.
47.Students can discuss work through Notes: On Facebook Notes, students can publish their work,
tag classmates, and get feedback on what they’ve written.
48.Connect with classes around the world: Whether it’s a class in your school, or a class on another
continent, Facebook offers a great way to get connected with other students.
49.Discuss classroom ideas with other teachers: Facebook is great for connecting not just classes,
but teachers with helpful ides.
50.Homework help: It may be awkward for some students to call up a classmate and ask for help on
a homework problem, but posting on a class Facebook wall is less intrusive, and teachers can get
involved as well.
51.Stay in touch with old students: Keep in touch with old students and find out what’s been
valuable to them years down the road.
Classroom Management & Organization
These ideas offer great ways to enrich your classroom with personal connection, reminders, and
tools for organization.
52.Post events: Get your classroom event on your students’ calendars by creating a Facebook event.
This can be used for everything from exam dates to after-school mixers.
53.Organize different classes into groups: If you teach any number of different courses, keep things
organized by asking students to join appropriate groups for their class.
54.Celebrate birthdays: Use Facebook as a tool for remembering and pointing out birthdays within
your classroom community.
55.Familiarize yourself with students: In large classes, it can sometimes be hard to remember each
and every student. Facebook makes it a little easier to connect faces and personalities with names.
56.Get a record that students read what you’re writing: Emails get ignored, but you can ask students
to “Like” important updates so that you’ll know they got the message.
57.Share positive updates: When a certain class or group does particularly well, be sure to point it
out with a Facebook status message.
58.Save paper: Instead of handing out permission slips and flyers, post them to Facebook and allow
parents to download and print them at home.
59.Continue discussions on Facebook: If you’re finding that an interesting discussion is taking up
too much classroom time, ask students to simply continue the discussion on Facebook and move on.
60.Share last minute updates: Let students know if school is closed due to snow, if you’ll be absent,
and more on Facebook.
61.Investigate “dog ate my homework” claims: One professor busted a student who had lied to her
about losing Internet access (and was thus unable to work on her paper), pointing out that she was
somehow able to connect because she made several Facebook updates during that same time.
62.Maintain a classroom map: Share a geography lesson and increase participation at the same time
by asking students to share their heritage, travels, and favorite countries.
63.Parents can learn about what kids are doing: Gone are the days when parents have to pry
information out of their kids with power tools. Now, parents can get in on the classroom through
Facebook, and spark conversations about projects they’ve actually seen already.
64.Ask for feedback on exams: Gauge how students think they did on exams by asking about them
on Facebook, and appropriately plan how much time you’ll need to grade them.
65.Get updates on progress: Make sure students are staying on top of their assignments by using
Facebook to ask how things are coming along.
66.Improve classroom participation: Keep students engaged by giving them something productive
to do on Facebook, rather than allowing them to zone out on the social site during lectures.
67.Use Facebook for career guidance: Get students connected with recruiting professionals,
mentors, and more through Facebook.
68.School fundraising: Use Facebook to promote any fundraising activities you have in your
69.Create a Facebook page for parents: Many teachers have found that parents aren’t happy with
their existing method of communication, whether it’s an online parent portal, or just pinning notes
to backpacks. Creating a Facebook page for your class offers an excellent opportunity for parents to
get involved and stay informed.
70.Find out what students are into: Learn about their hobbies and interests, and you just might
discover a way to bring what they love into the classroom.
71.Host fun contests: Host contests on Facebook that require students to participate or attend to win,
keeping kids involved in studies.
72.Remind students to come to class: Facebook is a great tool for reminding frequently tardy or
absent students to make it on time to class.
73.Finding future lessons: Paying attention to discussions on your Facebook classroom page can
help you discover great ideas for future lessons and assignments.
74.Stay up to date on assignments: Remind students of assignments they need to be working on,
upcoming due dates, and more with Facebook.
75.Tag books: Tag books for students to read easily and conveniently right on Facebook, and even
create resources to go along with the readings.
76.Clarify directions: If it’s clear some students are having trouble understanding an assignment,
use Facebook to post clarified directions.
77.Celebrate student work: Teachers can highlight some of the best work students have done in any
period of time on Facebook walls.
Apps & Groups
These Facebook resources can help you when it comes to sharing documents, college resources,
books, and more.
78.Courses: This app will make managing your courses on Facebook and beyond an easier job to
79.CiteMe: Ask students to use the CiteMe app on Facebook so that they can create properly
80.Booktag: Share books and ask students to comment on them with the Booktag Facebook app.
81.Acceptly: Help guide students in getting accepted to college by using the Acceptly Facebook app
82.Calendar: Make sure everyone is on the same page by sharing your class calendar through this
83.Knighthood: Promote reading skills with this game app on Facebook.
84.Mathematical Formulas: Math teachers can take advantage of this app, sharing formulas and
solutions with students on Facebook.
85.Used Text Books: Students can get connected with a Facebook marketplace for books through
the Used Text Books group.
86.Webinairia: Use Facebook to create and host screencasts for your classroom and beyond.
87.JSTOR Search: Your classroom can use the JSTOR Search app on Facebook to find useful
scholarly articles and research.
88.Homework Help: If students are stuck on a problem, they can find assistance in the Homework
Help Facebook group.
89.Word of the Day: Use apps like Word of the Day, This Day in History, and more to create small
but fun nuggets of learning on a regular basis.
90.Zoho Online Office: Make Facebook a source for documents with Zoho, which allows you to
share and even collaborate on documents within Facebook.
91.Notely: Get all of your classroom documents and notes organized with the help of this Facebook
app for education and beyond.
92.Language Exchange: Help your students get connected with foreign language practice through
the Language Exchange app.
93.Typing Test: Help students build their typing skills right inside Facebook using the Typing Test
94.Quiz Monster: Host online quizzes through Facebook with the Quiz Monster app.
95.Study Groups: This app was made to create the perfect environment for study groups to connect
and collaborate on Facebook.
96.Notecentric: Encourage students to take and share notes on Facebook with the Notecentric app.
97.Slideshare: Share presentations, photos, and other great resources through the Facebook
98.WorldCat: Do research, share sources, and more within Facebook with the help of the WorldCat
99.Hey Math! Challenge: Point students to this Facebook math app to get help understanding
difficult math concepts.
100.Flashcardlet: Using Flashcardlet, you can create your own flash cards that students can study on
Sharing educational resources using Facebook.com
We all have lots of PowerPoint presentations. We can share it or demonstrate from web. Check for
website http;//www/slideshare.net. This website is for sharing slides.
Login to this website can be done by using your facebook.com credentials - no need to create
new registration. After you are logged in this website you can upload and share slides on your
own or created page facebook profile.
Press Upload for uploading created slide from your computer.
Select a file on your computer. Choose category. Do not forget to write a short description.
Write keywords for faster finding your slide in this website on Tags field.
Press Save & Continue. You can share uploaded slide on facebook.com two ways. One just
copy link below and paste on the facebook.com wall. Second - press facebook icon on the page
Leave a comment and press Share.
In facebook.com press on the link or slide name and you can start internet preview of this slide.
For this you can use hyperlink like:
Slide control buttons are the same -
- Slide save to your computer.
Using Google Docs
In internet browser enter address https://drive.google.com/
Login using your gmai.com credentials. This drive can be ussed for storing your data, photos,
documents like MS WORD, EXCEL, POWER POINT and etc.
Google Docs has own editor and you can create your own documents or edit uploaded onces.
To upload document press this button
To create document press Create and chose what type of document you want to create.
MS Word document
MS PowerPoint slide
MS Excel spreadsheet
Google documents form
Google documents graphical file
Google Docs tool bar looks like MS Office 2003.
This tool has all most used functions as MS Word, Excel or PowerPoint has.
You can easily share document created using Google Docs on your facebook profile.
You can share this document using link like this
Copy this link to email and send it r just paste on your or web page profile wall on
There is other way to share this document on facebook.
Press on facebook.com icon
Using Google Docs you can edit the same document together with your colleague at the same
time. Enter your colleagues email addresses and select Can Edit for granting them edit
permissions to this document.
Using this way all can see what others are editing and you can work from other location out of
Google Docs form document can be used for survey or questionnaire even for registrations.
Also you can share it using social networks and etc.
Press Create and select Form.
Then you can create a questions or topics. Like:
To add next item press
Item type can be one of above:
Text - short text answer usually one line. It can be used for example entering name.
Paragraph text - few lines field. It can be used for example writing comments.
Multiple choice - select one from given. It can be used for example correct answer choice.
Checkboxes - select more than one choice . It can be used for example selecting several spheres
Chose from a list - select option from drop down.
Scale - select from scale of grades.
For sharing this form press
Ways of sharing are the same as discussed.
Facebook icon can be used to post on facebook profile.
All visitors of your page or facebook friends can press on this link and fill your survey or
questionnaire. All responses will be updated on Responses file in Google Docs.
Responses file looks like:
This document as all files in Google Docs can be downloaded to your computer easily. You can
choose the best format.
Press File and Download as:
Video tutorials creating and sharing on youtube.com
You can capture your computer screen and easily create a movie or upload it to facebook.com
or youtube.com. This can be used for learning purposes. Very simple just do what you need to
do on your screen speak and all this will be captured to video file. Your lecture is ready for
sharing in internet. Visit site http://www.screencast-o-matic.com/
Press Start Recording. Select screen wide for capturing. Also you can capture full screen Press
Record. You can disable recording your voice by pressing Microphone.
To finish your capture Done.
Created movie can be published to youtube.com easily pressing one button Publish to
Youtube. Also you can download this movie to your computer - press Publish to Video File.
For sharing you can use youtube.com link. Facebook.com can convert uploaded video file and
post on facebook.com also.