Sunday, April 10, 2011
Blog Assignment #12
Since Dr. Strange questions using Facebook in EDM 310, I decided to do this assignment on why Facebook can be helpful in the classroom. Hopefully, the videos I chose will help him with his decision.
First, I found a video about a teacher named Sara Romeyn who teaches AP U.S History. Watch this YouTube video and write about what this project was all about and what you liked or did not like about her project. Also, would you use something like this with Facebook in your classroom?
Sara Romeyn made a History project for her students to find information on a person from history and make them a fan page on Facebook. The students had to make statuses like they were the person writing them from the past. They loaded video's, music, information on what their person did, and one student posted his status in Morse Code. Students became so involved in this project that Ms. Romeyn said they were posting things late at night on the weekends! This project sounds like a great way that she got her students to learn new things about important people from the past, and her students had fun in the process.
The second video I found was made for a BYUH technology class. It is based on Facebook and why it would be a useful teaching tool in the classroom. Watch this video and write about the things you saw about why or how Facebook could be used in the classroom.
Facebook is one of the biggest social networking sites, with information posted all of the time. It has over 500 million active users. Facebook would be useful in the classroom because you are able to find friends in your classroom, chat with classmates, answers question students have about homework or other assignments. Others things Facebook would allow students to do would be projects on Facebook, reading Newsfeed, and communicating with other teachers. Teachers could post homework assignments, projects, or other assignments on Facebook because students would be more willing to check there than the school website.
Hope this helps your future decision with whether or not to use Facebook in EDM 310 Dr. Strange!