Facebook and School based fan pages

This week following the lead of the Media Teacher I pulled down olmclibrary face-book page as he had pulled down his media page.

This was because of safety concerns.  A speaker on cyber-safety had spoken at the school and demonstrated that identifying a school is a danger to students who ‘fan’ the site.

Both of us have re-established our pages as a group which is invite only and private.  The groups name is anonymous in terms of identifying the school.  Both of us will need to build up the audience base we had to promote our services and useful links and information.  We have used the same branding as the media department.

As a school we have looked at using Face-book for assessment and concluded that wikis and blogs and googlesites were better Web 2.0 tools for providing collaborative and private assessment within and educational context.

It seems clear that with recent Face-book controversies about safety and privacy that if as educators  we wish use Face-book to communicate with our students it should only be done as a closed group with strict membership control.