RECORDING: http://lancelot.emea.acrobat.com/p18562224/ (49min)
Getting some Facebook time with your colleagues or how I'm using a Facebook page to connect with other teachers
Note: This session is suitable for teachers who are interested in blogs and blogging, but no knowledge of blogging practice or etiquette is necessary.
Abstract: Is Facebook just for putting your photos and keeping up with friends? Or is there more to it, and can educators use Facebook to connect and share with each other? I think the answer is YES. This session aims to introduce the idea of using a Facebook Page as a tool to do this.
I will introduce Pages, with a brief look at their history on Facebook and which purposes they have usually been used for.
We will look briefly at what a (we)blog is, and what teachers can use them for. Then we will look in more detail at how, using Facebook you can:
* easily set up your own Page,
* start writing Notes
* share images in Photo albums
* share links and thoughts on your Wall
* engage in Discussions with other Facebook users on your Page
I hope to show you ways in which to promote your Facebook Page and customise it with different applications to add functionality. If you are already an experienced blogger or run a website, I also hope to show you ways to link your Page to your blog or website easily.
Hopefully you will come away with some ideas on how to make the most of this network and get some real Facebook time with your colleagues there!
Mike Harrison teaches ESOL at a Further Education in South East London. He is interested in using images, videos and music to teach English. When not teaching, he likes to watch Spanish films and he practises the Brazilian martial art, capoeira. You can read his blog at http://mikeharrison.edublogs.org and follow him on Twitter at http://twitter.com/harrisonmike.
Mike Harrison (@harrisonmike), Getting some Facebook time with your colleagues