Blog Number One

Is Facebook the New School Web Page?

Part One: Summary

This article was about the benefits of creating a Facebook page for teacher-to-parent communication. With technology constantly evolving, this is one website that has stayed constant throughout the last few years, and many teachers are taking advantage of it’s popularity. According to the article, 1.35 billion users are on Facebook, so wouldn’t it make sense to use this as a platform to keep parents involved with their children’s school days? The article does address privacy issues, for instance, if a parent does not want their child’s image on the page, and it does a wonderful job explaining the many ways to monitor who sees what.

Part Two: Questions and Answer

Q: Do I think schools should have Facebook pages?

A: Yes. If there are privacy regulations for the sake of students, parents and teachers, absolutely. This is an effective way to share information with parents without adding the hassle of them learning how to navigate another website used exclusively for school. Today, teachers have to balance not only the classroom routine, their personal life and their families, they also have a website to keep updated. By allowing them to relay the same information to parents on a Facebook page as they would a webpage, it eliminates one step out of the hectic process.

Q: What could go wrong? How do you curve those possibilities?

A: With any public website, especially with minors involved, privacy is a main concern. The cons to having this school-based website consist mainly of issues regarding privacy. Fortunately, Facebook privacy settings allow only certain people to view a webpage, much like our pbworks page. Parents would also have to sign consent forms permitting their children to be featured on the page, and the schools would also have to approve of such a website. The article mentioned that if a parent didn’t want their child in photos, their faces could be cropped or blurred out of the picture.

Another thing to consider would be professionalism. It is imperative that if a teacher were to set up a Facebook page for his/her classroom, they maintain a professional image. The best solution to this problem would be for the teacher to have two separate Facebook accounts, assuming they already have one. Having a classroom page linked to pictures of you drinking in your college days is never a good idea, so keeping the two aspects of your life separated would be in one’s best interest.

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3 Responses to Blog Number One

  1. jordancovey says:

    I’ve in a lot of classrooms that utilized social media to connect with their students. They aren’t using Facebook, rather, they are using Twitter. They typically create a private Twitter page that students and parents can join. The teacher posts the daily homework, website links, etc. The students seem to respond quite well to it. It seems to be an effective way to stay in touch for kids who are absent during that day. As a mom, I would find it extremely resourceful. My son is only a second grader, but I would like to know what he needs to do to make up his work if he is home sick. Thank for sharing the article.

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  2. I agree, Facebook is becoming very beneficial. Besides a social website, it helps promote companies and organizations. Facebook would be an easy way to for students and their teacher to communicate. It is an easy website to navigate. With certain boundaries, a lot of teachers should consider incorporating Facebook into their classroom.

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  3. nathancbeyer says:

    I think it is interesting the role that social media has started to play in schools. I agree that Facebook, as a tool, is invaluable when trying to communicate with large groups. Facebook has become it’s own medium of communication and in many ways it is much more convenient than emails or phone calls. This article makes me wonder whether having a school Facebook page might increase the thought behind what students share on social media and start to remove the mask of anonymity that students assume behind a keyboard.

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