Facebook strategies for the classroom

Fri 2/22/2008 10am-12pm @ 212 Capen Hall, North campus
Event URL: http://etc.buffalo.edu/workshops/workshop.asp?EventID=646

There’s something going down on Facebook. Pay attention. by Brad J. Ward

Facebook is one of the most popular online social network. This workshop explores the potential uses of Facebook for teaching and motivating collaboration between students. Issues of privacy and intellectual property will also be covered, as well as advantages and pitfalls of social networks.

Workshop Agenda
  1. Facebook History
  2. Humanistic / Gaming Design
  3. Identity: Profiles / Fan Pages
  4. Messaging: Wall / InBox / Notifications
  5. Groups vs. Pages
  6. Applications
  7. Privacy

The Stanford Facebook Class

From Zuckerberg’s talk and the press info, we got some impressive stats about Facebook’s growth.

General Growth
• More than 24 million active users
• More than 100,000 new registrations per day since Jan. 2007
• An average of 3 percent weekly growth since Jan. 2007
• Active users have doubled since Facebook expanded registration in Sept. 2006
User Demographics
• Over 47,000 regional, work-related, collegiate, and high school networks
• More than half of Facebook users are outside of college
• The fastest growing demographic is those 25 years old and older
• Maintain 85 percent market share of 4-year U.S. universities
User Engagement
• Sixth-most trafficked site in the United States*
• More than 40 billion page views per month in May 2007
• More than half of active users return daily
• People spend an average of 20 minutes on the site daily*
• No. 1 photo sharing application on the web*
• Photo application draws more than twice as much traffic as the next three sites combined*
• More than 1.8 billion photos on the site
• More than 6 million active user groups on the site
International Growth
• Canada has the most users outside of the United States, with more than 2.5 million active users
• The U.K. is the third largest country with more than 1.4 million active users
• Remaining Top 10 countries in order of active users (outside of the U.S., Canada and UK): Norway,
Australia, South Africa, Lebanon, Egypt, Sweden and India
*Source: comScore Media Metrix

Current News
Timeline of Facebook.com, xTimeline.com
Launch of Facebook F8 Live: Platform + Stats, Mashable, May 2007
Staying Private on Facebook, The New York Times, January 17, 2008
How Sticky Is Membership on Facebook? Just Try Breaking Free, The New York Times, February 11, 2008
Leaving Facebook, Jon Gordon's Future Tense, February 14, 2008,


Keith's UB101 Class

I Sleep In Class

Why the Fuck Are Undergraduates Even On South Campus?

Search Results

University at Buffalo Libraries (Facebook Page)

UB Libraries: Services for Students (Blog)

Related Links

Youtube: Social Networking...Dangerous?
The BBC comes to GHS to investigate the dangers of social networking amongst young people, and they show footage of the Year 12 production - 'Dotcom' - as well as interview one of the directors, Rohini. See http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XZmWI5yTDOc

Mashable: Social Networking: Risks vs. Rewards.
See http://mashable.com/2008/02/16/social-networking-risks-rewards/

Facing Facebook (Jan 2006)
by Michael J. Bugeja
This article addresses the issues faculty face in battling the effects of the "Facebook Generation." A generation in which technology makes it harder for professors to get the attention of their students with all the technological distractions available to them.

A Wider World: Youth, Privacy, and Social Networking Technologies
by Tracy Mitrano, EDUCAUSE Review, vol. 41, no. 6 (November/December 2006)

What Students Need to Know about Facebook and Other Social Networking Websites (April, 2006 )
Tracy Mitrano, Director of IT Policy and Computer Policy & Law Program, Cornell University
This site address the safety of social networking sites and the importance of taking precaution when posting information on the internet.

Facebook to take over Stanford classroom (Aug 2007)
This article addresses the use of Facebook as a teaching tool at the Stanford University.

Myspace and Facebook: Reaching our students with their technology of choice (May 5, 2006)
by Yvonne Meulemans and Melanie Chu for LOEX National Conference
Handout on teaching students using technology of their own choosing.