Facebook recently launched Facebook for Education, a resource designed specifically for educators in public and independent schools.
Much has been written about the unprecedented circumstances schools are in now, from remote or hybrid learning to facing challenging social justice discussions with school communities. Facebook for Educators offers a comprehensive resource to help educators meet the moment, whatever their classroom looks like now.
Initially launched for back-to-school season, Facebook for Education was created as a hub for teachers to use Facebook’s apps “…to help people navigate the new school year, stay connected and take care of each other,” Facebook writes about the initiative on its website. “The Educator Hub is designed to help teachers find or build their online community and discover resources for the classroom and beyond.”
What’s covered on Facebook for Education?
There are numerous top-of-mind topics on Facebook for Educators, including:
- Up-to-date CDC COVID-19 resources
- Self-care strategies and mental health resources for teachers and students, particularly important during social distancing, remote learning, ongoing protests about social justice, etc.
- Numerous anti-racism resources from Teaching Tolerance Resources to a compilation of teaching tools by Black Lives Matter At School.The resources are gathered from sources dedicated to issues of equity and inclusion and respected nationally for their educational focus.
- The Digital Literacy Library includes lesson plans, online conversation starters and online activities for students to help navigate the world of remote learning.
And there’s a ton more worth exploring.
Connect with like-minded users.
Because it’s created by Facebook to do what Facebook does best — connect people — Facebook for Education has numerous group-focused options. The site walks teachers through starting or finding a Facebook group of like-minded teachers, students or parents across the spectrum of issues facing education and families right now. You can use Messenger, Instagram, Messenger for Kids and other apps directly through Facebook for Education, as well. Think of it as a communications hub for educators.
Reimagine remote learning.
Another great classroom tool, no matter what your classroom looks like now, is the Activate section on the Facebook for Education site. It has great educational resources, including computer science opportunities for students and social-emotional learning tools for teachers and students. There are also links to educational sites for lesson resources across numerous disciplines.
Does your online presence need a little oomph? Facebook for Education offers links to apps that inject a little life into remote learning, using some fun editing tools.
Explore the educator’s hub to find the resources, tips and tools you need with the click of a button — all in one place, perfect for overworked educators. Use it to engage with a like-minded community facing the same challenges independent schools all across the country are dealing with right now. After all, we can all use a little more community right now.
How can Kalix help your school expand its reach? Contact us.
With Facebook continuing to focus on engagement, the following information remains very relevant for you to heed.