Title: Using Facebook in the classroom

Authors: Kevin Hull

Addresses: University of Florida, P.O. Box 118400, Gainesville, FL 32611-8400, USA

Abstract: This paper addresses the use of Facebook as a way to keep high school students informed about class information and make students feel more of a sense of community with their classmates. A group of high school students followed a class Facebook page for a semester and took a survey to determine the effectiveness of the page. Results found that there was no significant difference in the students opinion of the class based on if they followed the class Facebook page or not. However, the students who followed the Facebook page responded that they wished more teachers would create one for other classes, so it is recommended that teachers use the social network in order to create academic conversation among students and display student work.

Keywords: Facebook; secondary education; classroom technology; social media; high school students; class information; sense of community; social networks; academic conversation.

DOI: 10.1504/IJSMILE.2014.059692

International Journal of Social Media and Interactive Learning Environments, 2014 Vol.2 No.1, pp.60 - 69

Received: 08 Apr 2013
Accepted: 21 Jun 2013

Published online: 13 May 2014 *

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