May 19, 2016
Creating a digital presence for your class does not have to be restricted to only standard platforms such as websites, blogs and wikis; social media platforms do offer some handy alternatives especially when it comes to teaching adult students. For instance, you can easily create a Google Plus community for your class and invite your students to join in. There is also Google’s new web tool Spaces that you can use with your students to share, discuss and comment on different topics (a guide on how to use Spaces is on the making and we will share it with you as soon as it is ready). However, in today’s post we are introducing you to Facebook Pages. This is a feature in Facebook that allows you to create a virtual space for any sort of purpose you want. As a teacher you can use this service to create an online hub for you students where you get to :
- Hold (a)synchronous discussions with your students
- share resources, web content and links
- Upload photos and videos
- Share announcements and status updates
- Share notes (you can embed photos in your notes)
- Create and share events and many more.
Here is a step by step guide on how to create a Facebook Page for your class:
1- Log in to your Facebook account and click on ‘Create page’ on the left-hand side
2- Select ‘Cause or Community’ as a category and type in the name of your page
3- Provide a short description of your page, and if you want, you can link your blog, website, or a social media profile to your page by pasting its URL in the box as shown below. And to make your page easier for people to remember, you can use a unique Facebook web address.
4- Add a profile picture. You can upload pictures from your computer or import them from a website
5- For ease of access, add your page to favourites by clicking on ‘Add to Favorites’
6- Edit the preferred page audience ( e.g location, age, gender, interests and languages) and click on ‘save’. Voila, your page is viral now.