Having used Twitter as a tool to connect with and learn from my peers I had always wondered how Facebook might be used to connect with students. I have never used Facebook and really didn’t know how to use it. All I knew was that if there was one way that I could guarantee getting information to, or communicating with students, it would be Facebook.
Step 1: Set up an account. Not a personal one. Mine is under the name ‘Pbas Hpe’. I actually don’t even use this page for anything it just houses my ‘Groups’.
Step 2: Set up a group and give it a name – ‘PBAS Yr 12 PE’. This is a secure group that can only be accessed by the members of the group.
Step 3: Students search the group on their Facebook page and send a join request (did have some trouble here as the name of the group did not always come up in a search – eventually got there). I accept the request and they are then a member of that group.
Step 4: Connect with the students. Send out reminders, post links to resources including video, add pictures relevant to concepts, answer student posted questions.
I have only just begun to use Facebook this term. With a little help from people I knew with Facebook accounts and the Year 12’s themselves it wasn’t to hard to do. In 3.5 weeks I have posted 25 times all linked to preparation for their exam (Thursday wk 4). I am typing this the night before their exam and Ryan has posted 3 separate questions tonight, one of which Kane answered for him before I got to it and the other two I answered. It was great to see Kane helping out Ryan as well as Ryan being able to ask me last minute questions before the exam.
Students are not ‘Friends’ with me they are just a member of a group I run. So as far as I know I’m not breaking any department guidelines. I can access their pages but no more than anyone else who tried to find their pages through a search on Facebook. It is up to the students to make sure their privacy settings are set appropriately.
A great part of using Facebook is not only putting up content that is easily viewed by my students but I can actually see who has viewed the information posted. A little message appears at the bottom of each post. When the entire group has seen it it reads Seen by . Out of my 25 posts only 2 had not been seen by all and they were the last couple. I will be using Facebook next year with my Stage 1 (10/11’s) and 2 students and possibly my Year 9’s as well. Seen by all
Below is a cut and past of the last few posts, the most recent are at the top.
Hope everything goes well tomorrow. I have really enjoyed teaching all of you this year. Keep the questions coming if you need and I’ll try and check every now and then through the evening. Also best of luck for any other other exams and have a fun (safe) schoolies.
Can you also explain signal detection for me? Cheers boss.
One final question, do you have to be at you’re VO2 max to reach a steady state or is it just when the oxygen consumption has reached the oxygen requirements of the given workload?
Nicky T, is aerobic glycolosis just a fancy expressions for using the aerobic system to create energy? By like using O2?