I have already told you that I love technology. We are living in the world where technology is its centrepiece. As English teachers there is a whole world open to us. This is why I decided to create a Facebook page for my students.
I started by logging to my Facebook profile and clicking the button Create Page. Step by step, I was nearer to my goal.
I realized that the name of the page is very important, so I have chosen English 4u. Of course, there are many other pages using this name, but I wasn’t disheartened. I have found a great photo to accompany it. It’s the tube sign for the station White City in London. What is better than to choose the same name as the name of my students’ hometown. Belgrade (Serbian: Beograd) is the capital of Serbia, and my students and I live here. As a cover photo I have chosen a photo of our school.
So everything was ready for this Facebook adventure. I started with a few funny pictures, then a bit of grammar… I told my students about it. At first they were a little suspicious. What does she know about Facebook? However, in a few days many of them decided to join me. They loved when they could see our classroom and their work on the page.
Recently I have found out a great boosting application – the Top Fan. It calculates who is the most active fan on the page. I have promised my students to reward them for their activity and they were thrilled. There are always those who complain saying he/she is only liking and not writing comments and so on… but, it’s always like that and we must accept both good and negative sides of the Internet.
My overall impression is that this is an excellent helping tool for the classroom. It gives you an opportunity to be creative on the one hand but also to pay students attention to this interesting and unconventional way of learning.