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Facebook just reported one billion active visitors last month, confirming its position as the most powerful social media site. While many people view Facebook as a site for sharing photos, cute cat videos and status updates, Facebook can also be used as an efficient organizational tool. Facebook can help you share information, alert you to upcoming events, provide you with updates and help you with research for schools.
You can use Facebook groups to organize group activities for sports teams, PTA committees, fundraising groups and classroom group projects. Form a group and invite members so they can interact with each other and get notified by email in their timeline with group updates. Make key participants administrators of the group so they can post updates and add new events. Let group members post updates and photos so people can share in the fun of the events and give feedback.
For example, a school soccer team could form a Facebook group, complete with the practice and game schedule, maps to away games, photos from games and the team roster. The team could post alerts for weather cancellations, schedule changes and playoff games. The group could organize an end of the season party, sending out invitations and keeping track of responses.
Teachers can use Facebook groups to distribute lecture notes, assignments, and course outlines. They can coordinate with parents for classroom and field trip volunteers. PTA’s can use groups to recruit volunteers, organize fundraisers, and share information about upcoming events.
Use Facebook events to notify people about important events at school.
- Teachers can create events for upcoming tests, field trips, class parties and other activities.
- Students can use events to schedule study sessions.
- PTA’s can use events to notify members of meetings, fundraisers and other activities.
Facebook and Dropbox
Recently Dropbox announced integration with Facebook. Now you can link your accounts and share your Dropbox files with others in your Facebook group. Share class notes, photos from events, study outlines, study group documents and videos from sporting events or school plays from Dropbox to Facebook groups.
Facebook as an Information Resource
If you’re looking at colleges, graduate schools or K-12 schools, visit the school’s website to get timely information about school events. See photos of the campus, student life, classrooms, dormitories, dining halls and activities. Look at the engagement with students, faculty and alumni. Like or subscribe to the school’s Facebook page to get notices of updates and events.
Use Facebook apps to help make Facebook an even more effective tool. Check out the Facebook app Groups for Schools to help keep your school group organized. Chegg My Courses lets you share your course schedule with your friends and form study groups with those who have similar schedules. Admission Splash helps you predict which universities will accept your application. hoot.me lets students and teachers connect using chat, shared screens and video.
Think of Facebook as more than a social sharing site. Consider Facebook as a tech tool to help you stay organized, share information with others, and learn.
Have you used Facebook as a tool for school? Have you formed a Facebook group at your school? Let us know in the Comments section below!
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