When Facebook first appeared in Harvard university its membership was initially limited to students of this institution and then later on expanded to other colleges and highschools until finally it became accessible to anyone in the world aged and over.
If we scratch a little bit into the secrets behind the naming of this service as Facebook then we would definityely know the primary goals for which it was created. Facebook as stated in Wikipedia :
" is a printed or online directory found at American universities consisting of individuals’ photographs and names. In particular, it denotes publications of this type distributed by university administrations at the start of the academic year with the intention of helping students get to know each other. "
From the start Facebook was academically oriented towards helping Harvard students in their studies. It has since then made several inroads into education till it becomes now one of the major players in this field. Many colleges and universities are using its services to recruit candidates and to publicize events on and out of campus. Apart from the promotional role it can play , its educational importance is clearly visible to everyone and it will unfair if we discard it because of privacy issues or any other negative effect it might bring around. We the educators MUST know the educative uses of Facebook and implement them in our teaching. In this regard, I have conducted some research into this particular area and have divided my findings into two articles one is entitled Reasons Why Facebook is Revolutionizing Education , where i have provided reasons and tips for educators on how to use this social networking in their classrooms, I have also included a paragraph about the potential side effects of Facebook and how educators can avoid them. The second article is the one you are reading . It is in fact a back up to the earlier post in that it includes a list of the best learning applications Facebook offers to its users and that educators can use in their daily work.
All thankfulness and gratitude go back to Davis Tiffany from Online College Classes who ordealed to prepare and present this list to the readers. To make it easy for you to find the apps you want , all the applications have been organized into different categories just pick up the one you want and click on the link to use it.
( Taken from 100 Awesome Facebook Apps for Productivity and Learning )
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