Facebook guidelines for teachers

FacebookI used to have a Facebook page for my CAT students. I would post tips and ideas, resources, content and even tried to use it to engage in academic discourse with my students. I was not particularly successful.

I had a student one year causing trouble with it and I realised it was not a good public forum. I also realised, much to my dismay, that most of my students didn’t really access the page much at all either! However, it is possible to have a good Facebook page/group that can be successful. I had to learn the hard way!

If I start up a Facebook page/group again for my CAT students, I would do it differently. I’d make it more interactive, more secure and figure out a way to include it in my lessons somehow (sort of a ‘flipped classroom’ concept).

Brainline-Learning-WorldA friend of mine at Brainline created a Facebook group for her distance learners doing CAT, of which I am a guest (support role if needed) and I can honestly say she did something right! The students actively engage on a daily basis, ask questions, post solutions, discuss CAT-related questions and even share a fun pic or two. An atmosphere of a common goal has been created and she has a great rapport with her learners.

Edudemic has an article I found called Facebook guidelines for educators. It’s a good read. Go take a look : http://www.edudemic.com/facebook-guidelines-for-educators/

Have any of you created a Facebook page/group for your students? What have the pros and cons been for you?

Thanks for reading.


  1. I use Edmodo – I prefer it because their assignments and tests are all graded there as well as being able to load all notes and examples to the library and use it as a Q&A forum. My more serious learners use it a lot.

    • Do they require specific account registration? I mean, a user account with Edmodo. And, how do you secure your material?

  2. Hi Matt
    I have created a Google+ community for my IT students. It is broken into discussion groups for Grade 10, Grade 11, Grade 12 and general.
    I post appropriate technical videos from time to time, and all videos that I use in the classroom, including teaching videos.
    I also post test and exam questions and solutions where appropriate for Java and Scratch so that students can have this work for revision purposes at home.
    I use this a lot – and all my students access the content regularly – however I must admit we do not have a lot of interaction on the site – but maybe this is not its primary purpose.
    All in all – it is working well for the reasons that I need it.