I enjoyed reading about the profiteering from sites that I frequent. How do they make money was insightful, almost distressing.
Facebook is an interesting “free” online tool. It divides. Some are devout followers. Some detest it. I thought that the article by Mike (2010) about Facebook “If you aren’t paying for the product, you are the product, gave me much to think about. However, will I quit Facebook eventhough I know more about how it works and how it targets me? Like most users, I will continue using Facebook. Cameron Hocking in The Danger of a Free Lunch highlighted the fact that in the end, the user must pay somehow if they want to keep their site operating.
Information about a site on Bright Eyes called “Didn’t Read”, rated Facebook with no rating as yet although they have started to rate sites with Terms of Service from Class A to Class E.
On Facebook, I tend to lurk and follow. The Terms of Service page is found by clicking Terms at the bottom of the page. It seems simple and easy to read. There is a Statements of Rights and Responsibilites page, a Data Use Policy and Community Standards section about what’s not allowed and how to report abuse. However, even though it talks the talk, no where does it show a simple way to contact Facebook and report any issues. The information is easy to read and non threatening so that you feel comfortable with the site; unless of course, you read Mike’s article about ‘paying’. Like all such pages, I normally ‘don’t bother’ and if I do, I only quickly skim through.
More information is also found by clicking on settings at the top of your home page.
I did not read anything that makes me cautious about using Facebook. However, I am very cautious about Facebook based on what I hear and read from other random sources. I did not read the conditions or terms before signing up.
To backup Facebook data, this does not seem possible. It seems possible to close down your account by de-activating your account although I could not find how to delete my account and have been told by others that it is not possible to delete your account. The best you can do is de-activate.
I would recommend the service because of the ease of following friends, keeping up with family, having international access to friends from any computer in the world.
However, because of the numerous stories that one hears about Facebook and the people who can access Facebook, I think that one needs to recommend Facebook with caution. However, if students use it a lot (not in school time). I think then that we should be showing them (if we can) what is a good Facebook page and what can be done with Facebook and what should not be done with Facebook. It is essential to make them aware of the lasting damage and consequences of posting without careful thought.
I have joined a couple of professional Facebook sites and receive their daily posts. I rarely post. It is useful for keeping groups together. I do not have to be concerned about Facebook in my work environment because it is blocked to all students and only available to teachers after 4 pm.
Facebook does require a login and when signing up for an account, you need to enter your name, birthday, gender, and email address and then choose a a password.
I chose to do Facebook because it is still one of the most popular online sites eventhough statistics say users are moving away. Techcrunch in April this year said that Facebook currently accounts for about 46% of social logins eventhough it had a 3% decrease from its 2012 logins. Students do not seem to be as excited by Facebook as older users. The culture and the community is changing.I n fact, Instagram, Pinterest and Tumblr seem to be becoming more popular.
I think this could be used in professional learning – it would provide a much more interesting way of presenting and gathering information and allowing for comments and collaboration and ”likes”.
There were lots of other online tools I wanted to look at. Storify :storify.com – the “brilliant digital storytelling tool that enables” the building of stories using video, pictures, text, tweets and more. Edcanvas :www.edcanvas.com where teachers can create and deliver lessons digitally also had appeal.” I loved the idea of Learnist: learni.st which is designed around the idea of collecting videos, images and links on topics and presenting them step-by-step so you can work your way through the information or tasks.
Finally Animoto- animoto.com which turns photos and video clips into professional video slideshows in minutes.’ For the purpose of this exercise, “Could this tool be used in an educational setting?”, I am going to look at Animato.
Students in Year 9 have been asked to do high quality book trailers. I have suggested they try Animato. They can use another tool if they prefer. Book trailers (using Animoto or Moviemaker or other tools) make the task of reviewing books fun and interesting for students. It can let them show their creativity as well as their understanding of the text. In the SAMR model of assessment, I think creation of booktrailers is part of the transformative stage, in particular – Modification. The learning task is ‘modified’. Although students still need to read the book, they need to understand the theme of the novel. The heart of the task remains the same but the learning is different. Students need to think about their precise use of language, persuasive techniques as well as how to select visuals and audio to enhance the text within copyright guidelines.
Also, this belongs to the category of Storytelling. It gives a digital outline of a story using multimedia tools.