7 – Facebook


Although primarily used by individuals for personal networking, it is also seen as a useful tool within education to support both study groups and course sites.

Website: www.facebook.com
Cost: Free
Availability: Online
2013: 9
2012: 9
2011: 14
2010: 9
2009: 31=
2008: 24
2007: 17=

Comments from some of those who selected it as one of their Top Tools 

“Facebook for tapping into others ideas & research” Richard Mundell, 2015

“there’s another group that I use like the Skype channel, and of course just what comes in from friends postings is a great source of lateral input.” Clark Quinn, 2015

“good tool to communicate across a wide audience” Diane Lowery, 2014

“I check what my friends/connections are doing, but find myself constantly asking why I am doing this. It feels a bit like voyeurism, since I rarely post in Facebook myself” Jenny Mackness, 2014

“Though I am loathe to admit it, I have used Facebook a lot more recently to keep in touch with family and community. Why? That’s where they are. Notably, they’re mostly not on Twitter or LinkedIn (some professional communities are on these sites but the wider impact is minimal).” Stephen Downes, 2014

“a source of insight” Clark Quinn, 2014
“personal and professional pages (x2)” David Schindler, 2014
“for sharing links and information with students” Chris Kirkland, 2014
“It makes it easy to follow your favorite pages and read the educational content they publish” Despina Kaliali, 2014

“a useful social media for filtered learning and teaching” Brij Bhushan Huria, 2013
“for informal discussion groups with students”  Jayne Shistance 2013
“Everyone’s here. Everyone”  Tim Childers 2013
“informal contact and learning”  Paul Jacobs 2013

Pre-2013 comments

“I use it almost daily online and via my iPhone to learn what my nearly 300 contacts –family, friends, and business contacts – are up to. I learn about and from other people by following links they post that they find interesting; by seeing how they feel about news stories; etc” Gabe Anderson

“provides easy communication with students and colleagues, and private communication in groups” Pat Parslow

“I have been using Facebook as my primary social networking tool.” Janet Clarey

“A very interactive social network with open API for integrating with social software developed by others” Jose Carlos del Arco

“When training people around the globe, building social connections between learners is critical. Facebook helps learners put a face with a name and learn personal fact about other learners … a fantastic way to find other people who are interested in what you want to learn. Great places to share ideas.” Janice Petosky

“Still, by far, the undisputed number one. Last year I wrote: “I’ve posted about my love of Facebook before. But look, we teach these technology integration classes and we tell our students to find out what their students have and work from there. Well, where are my college undergrads? Facebook. Since I’ve started requiring my undergrads to add me as a friend, I’ve had more communication with my undergrads. It’s been crazy, actually. Students who NEVER would have gotten a hold of me before, are now writing on my wall just to say, ‘Hey Dr. Curry! What’s up?’ I love it.” John Curry

“social networking with my students, the secret killer app for education” Terry Elliott