The Basics of a Facebook Page for Educators
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The Basics of a Facebook Page for Educators


So let’s take a quick look at a page, and
see how it differs from a group. When we come to a page, it looks a lot like a standard
Facebook page. It has a section over on the left that sort of describes what the page
is about, some basic information about the page, friends of mine who like this page,
and people who like this page in general. The center section is still sort of the meat
of the Facebook page and you can see posts that have been made and can scroll through
the history of that. This has tabs on the top, much like a standard Facebook page. The
‘Wall’ that we’re looking at currently, and here we have the ability to post if we
would choose to. We also, as an administrator of this page, and, as you would as a teacher,
we have the ability to attach links, photos, events and videos. Much the same way we can
in our group. We also have and ‘Info’ tab, that tells
about the group. Here we’ve added some customized tabs. This is one of the things you don’t
have in a group setting. If you can handle the HTML of working with the application,
you can set up some of your own tabs. Here is a ‘Discussions’ tab that we’ve set
up, with a series of discussions that people can participate in if they come to our page.
We have a ‘Standards’ tab, which takes you through many of the standards relating
to using Facebook and social media and technology in general in academic settings. Here we have added a ‘Strategies’ tab,
giving educators some strategies for implementing and using this technology. Here’s a ‘Docs’ tab, which allows you
to post documents, much like you can with a group, except here we’re using actual
Microsoft products. And one interesting feature that you can get
with a page is a ‘Poll’ feature, so you can set up polls for your students to take. If we go back to the ‘Wall’, we can talk
about some of the differences between a page and a group. A page is much more like a teacher’s
website. Students do not need to be invited or approved to see the page. Essentially they
are limited to commenting on things they see on the Wall, participating in discussions,
reading any of the other information you’ve got posted,
reading any of the documents you may have posted, although they can not edit those documents.
They can also participate in polls as well as create their own polls. They do have that
one ability. So basically a Facebook page is much like
a teacher’s web site. The teacher is in control of the content and students are limited
to seeing the information, reading documents, ‘Liking’ and commenting on things and
participating in polls as well as creating polls. It’s a great resource tool and may
be the perfect thing for your class. Thanks for watching and good luck with your
classes.

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