Technology and Trends in Education “Social Media in Education: The Power of Facebook”

Belinda Kaplan

PIDP 3240

June 18, 2012

 

This article was written in 2010 by Heather Wolpert-Gawron in which she describes how she initially used Facebook for personal use and then this progressed to a more professional level in communicating with other educators.  She goes as far as to say that “Facebook is a place of professional learning and development.”

She began using Facebook more professionally to publish issues of importance.  She outlines two examples in particular.  Both of these show how Facebook has been an avenue of bringing about change in various communities.

The first is how the creation of a Facebook page educated people about the threat that Buffelgrass presented, and that it in fact was a” plague-like weed.”  This then spilled over into YouTube and eventually various politicians and farmers also became enlightened as to the dangers of Buffelgrass.  Inevitably this brought about a change in the community through the use of Facebook.

The second example is about a “Teachers letters to Obama” Facebook campaign which started simply and grew into a movement which gained the attention of the US government.  The focus of this Facebook group was Elementary and Secondary education and eventually around 2000 teachers had their voices heard and which innovative solutions would be suggested to congress.  These teachers could communicate ideas and solutions which would be incorporated into legislation…and that through Facebook.

These are just two examples of how Facebook can impact the lives of people and bring about changes through educating and enlightening individuals, groups, communities, organizations and even governments.

 

References

Wolpert-Gawron, H. (2010, May 07). [Web log message]. Retrieved from http://www.edutopia.org/social-media-education-examples-facebook

 

This article was written in 2010 by Heather Wolpert-Gawron in which she describes how she initially used Facebook for personal use and then this progressed to a more professional level in communicating with other educators.  She goes as far as to say that “Facebook is a place of professional learning and development.”

She began using Facebook more professionally to publish issues of importance.  She outlines two examples in particular.  Both of these show how Facebook has been an avenue of bringing about change in various communities.

The first is how the creation of a Facebook page educated people about the threat that Buffelgrass presented, and that it in fact was a” plague-like weed.”  This then spilled over into YouTube and eventually various politicians and farmers also became enlightened as to the dangers of Buffelgrass.  Inevitably this brought about a change in the community through the use of Facebook.

The second example is about a “Teachers letters to Obama” Facebook campaign which started simply and grew into a movement which gained the attention of the US government.  The focus of this Facebook group was Elementary and Secondary education and eventually around 2000 teachers had their voices heard and which innovative solutions would be suggested to congress.  These teachers could communicate ideas and solutions which would be incorporated into legislation…and that through Facebook.

These are just two examples of how Facebook can impact the lives of people and bring about changes through educating and enlightening individuals, groups, communities, organizations and even governments.

 

References

Wolpert-Gawron, H. (2010, May 07). [Web log message]. Retrieved from http://www.edutopia.org/social-media-education-examples-facebook

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About belindakaplanpidp

I am creating a Blog as part of my assignments for the PIPD 3240 class. This is one of the courses in the Provincial Instructor's Diploma Program.

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