Advantages And Disadvantages Of Using Facebook

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The 21st century has impelled the educational environment into an absolutely new sphere. There are various innovative technological advances which have made teaching and learning more interactive and created a need for a more virtual approach to instruction. Social media has grown quickly in both personal and academic use and researchers such as Girod and Wojcikiewics (2009), Greenhow and Robelia (2009) conducted studies examining how online environments, computer based learning and integrating Web 2.0 tools have improved academic attainment for the new generation of learners. This study focuses on utilising Web 2.0 technologies and specific a Facebook page as an additional supportive teaching strategy.
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• Learners get the opportunity to actively participate in the learning process even after formal teaching time.
• Student-student interaction prevails where as teacher-student interaction is secondary.
• Facebook encourages the learner’s individuality and self-assertion.
• Facebook encourage the learner’s enthusiasm for learning by encouraging learners to get involved in interesting activities.
• Variation in different types of learning creates a constant high level of interest and learners create their own learning style.
• It gives learners the opportunity to learn from other learners and “teach” others on a daily basis.
• Facebook creates the opportunity for a different kind of group work in which collaboration and cooperation among members of the group.
• Facebook provides an ideal environment for peer assessment and feedback, as well for self-assessment if the learner may read the comments of the classmates.
According to Couillard (2010:6) as an social media learning tool, Facebook actively involves learners in the learning process as they are stimulated, encouraged and lured into navigating to various information sites, posting comments and getting engaged in online
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Throughout the process of this study there were both mandatory and voluntary phases. The goal of the researchers was to gain an in-depth analysis of teachers’ community building efforts when engaged in an online environment. When discussing what could be learned from this type of study the researchers concluded that: “better understanding of field practice as well as gaining different experiences, perspectives, and ideas” (Baran & Cagiltay, 2010, p. 160). Through the duration of this study teachers were able to confirm their ideas related to practice and learn from both the positive and negative reflections they shared. As a part of the online community teachers were able to visit other classrooms through videos which allowed them to see many more teachers than in the traditional school setting. Baran and Cagiltay (2010) also noted that teachers felt they had the opportunity to learn many different teaching strategies in a cost effective manner. Viewing other teachers and participating in an online community allowed the participants to gain great insights on their curriculum and instruction. Baran and Cagiltay (2010) concluded that more research is needed in this area and that digital video recordings of classroom activities are great tools for teachers. The researchers also noted that Facebook can be used as a tool to
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