19 – Facebook

DOWN 5 PLACES IN 2022

Primarily used by individuals for personal networking, it is also used in education for study groups.

Website: facebook.com
Cost: Free
Availability: Online

Rankings in the previous surveys:

2021: 14 2020: 12 2019: 18 2018: 15 2017: 8 2016: 6 2015: 7 2014: 9
2013: 9 2012: 9 2011:  14 2010: 9 2009: 31 2008: 24 2007: 17

Comments on Facebook in 2022

“I only use Facebook with my personal account and home computer. But I follow Health and Physical Education pages in which teachers all over the world upload lesson plans and activities that anyone is able to use and view. It again is a great way to learn and share throughout our subject area.” Michael, K12 teacher, USA, 2022

“I am in several FB groups purely for learning purposes. I can learn how others use tools, learn about tack for my horse or places to ride, learn about instructional design, speaking tips, where to travel, and so much more.” CEO, USA, 2022

“Discussion and connection with peers and experts” Sheridan Webb, Learning Community Manager, UK, 2022

Previous comments  on Facebook

“I know it is not a tool but I learn more from groups of teachers here then on classic education” K12 Math and computer science teacher, Croatia. 2021

“Helps to form communities of practice” eLearning Developer, Czech Republic, 2021

“Keep in touch with friends and share selected information” Christine Semard, Distance Learning Specialist, Canada, 2021

“It’s the tool (social network) I use to establish relations on a personal level, ask people their opinions and check the pulse about whatever subject I am interested in.” Daniel Perdigão, Chief Energizer Officer, Portugal, 2020

“A lot of my work is generated through our Facebook presence, and it’s also a great way for me to track students who have graduated and to stay in touch with colleagues.” Aaron Johannes, Instructor / Consultant / Researcher, Canada, 2020

“Lots of ideas that can be built upon come from Facebook” Deborah Gemmell, L&D Partner, UK, 2020

“I’m a member of a couple of professional groups for knowledge sharing” Cat Malcom, Design Practice Manager, Australia

“Social networks are a big part of my learning, which means that Facebook and LinkedIn also play big roles. Facebook’s more personal, ie less about work, but I learn about  many societal things there. And LinkedIn is a place for learning as well, professionally as opposed to personally.” Clark Quinn, USA, 2020

Quick Guide to Facebook 

Here you will find some links to external resources on how to use Facebook for teaching, training, learning and development.

Facebook has been a popular social network for many years.

In the workplace, although Facebook networking is not encouraged, Workplace by Facebook has become a popular enterprise networking platform

In education, many teachers have taken advantage of the fact that their students are Facebook users and set up a presence there to interact with them

There are two ways to have a presence on Facebook. You can have

    1. a personal account and/or
    2. a Facebook page or pages.

(1) With Facebook personal accounts you have reciprocal friendships with other Facebook members, and their status updates appears in your news feed at Home. You write a status update update, and add photos, videos, and links, as you wish.

  • Facebook personal account holders can also join Groups and even create their own public or private group(s). Groups are sometime used by educators for classroom purposes.
  • Here’s a video showing how to use a Facebook group as a Learning Platform (for Training or an Online Course)

(2) Although personal account holders can also create pages, to set up a Facebook page you don’t have to have a Facebook account to do so.

  • Facebook pages can be set up by individuals, businesses and other organisations, for example to promote or market their services, event or book or just for discussion around topic areas.
  • With Facebook pages you do not establish “friendships” with Facebook members as you do with a personal account, rather other Facebook members can simply “like” your  page in which case, postings on your page will appear in their personal activity streams.
  • Facebook pages are also visible to non-Facebook members.  If you set up a Facebook page, you can later convert your Facebook page into a personal account if you want to.
  • Setting up a professional page is a useful way of keeping your personal and professional Facebook lives separate; in other words you could use your personal account for keeping in touch with friends and for personal activities, and a Facebook page for your professional activities.

Here’s how to set up a Facebook page for your school

Further resources


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