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Blog vs. Facebook

Sep 14, 2013 11:36am

I am a JH German-as-a-second-language teacher.

I have been thinking about starting a Blog for my SS as a tool to share additional information, that helps them put in practice what they learnd in class but not neceseraly as homework assignments.
I asked myself though what would be more successful: a Blog or Facebook? The main idea is to share videos, pictures, easy practice ideas etc.

I would appreciate your thoughts and opinions; pros and cons about it.

Isabelle de C.

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  • 6-12
  • Class Culture / Digital Literacy / Engagement / English Language Learners / Planning / Special Education


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    • Sep 16, 2013 5:09pm


      I think blogs are great tools to use with students because it allows anyone to comment, regardless of if they have a Facebook profile. If you have young students (6th graders) they would probably love to comment on a blog, but maybe parents wouldn't let them spend a lot of time on Facebook.

      Just a thought.


      • Sep 17, 2013 6:54am

        Thanks Katie.

        I feel the same way about the blog. However as I have been thinking about it, I feel that FB has the advantage of filtering information and knowledge into their after-school-lives, since they have de constant update on their walls.

        Worth mentioning that I teach 8th and 9th graders.

        • Nov 22, 2013 5:29am

          Hi Isabelle:

          I vote for the blog. I have kept one for my English and Drama classes in the past, mostly for daily journal prompts or major assignments. While it does come in handy, especially for students who are frequently absent, it can be bothersome to keep up with when you have a million other things to do. Also, I used to keep the weekly vocabulary terms on the site, and more often than not students would use check the blog instead of taking notes in class, which of course is problematic.

          Having said that, if you do decide to keep an online record of class assignments, I would not choose to do it through Facebook. While Facebook is convenient--and the ever-popular hang out for our students--I personally think it crosses a professional boundary to "friend" students, and potentially subject yourself to questionable photo and status updates.

          Just a thought!


          • Nov 23, 2013 3:51pm

            Thanks Emily

            I ended up with the fb-page. Since I want to use it more just as a tool to share fun picutres, music videos etc.

            • Sep 16, 2014 5:56am

              A started a twitter account for my class this year. It's quick and easy. I use it mainly for info right now in order to connect with parents who want to know what we are doing in class. Because we all know many teenagers, when asked, say we do nothing in class.