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Debate Score:28
Total Votes:35
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Facebook in the Classroom?

Does Facebook have a place in K-12 classrooms?


Side Score: 11


Side Score: 17
1 point

Here is a video I created to make a case for 4 reasons Facebook is valuable in the classroom:

In short, it:

(a) creates a bond between teacher and student that is beneficial to the classroom environment

(b) encourages students to actively produce content rather than simply absorb like sponges

(c) its community-based format fosters discussion, reflection, social awareness, and what Stanley Fish termed the "interpretive community" effect

(d) makes students sensitive to different dialects/formalities of English

| Side: yes
1 point

Yes! If teachers would make Facebooks, then on Snow Days and weekends they could remind them about homework/give out homework, and it would be a whole lot easier to remember stuff.

| Side: yes

I suggest Facebook in junior high and high school...even though I've never used it. Plus, My teacher is highly bonded to my whole class already. (I'm the only one in my class to not have a Facebook account)

| Side: yes

If Facebook would become more educational, then yes, but until then, it is useless.

| Side: yes
keithehoward(7) Disputed
1 point

It sounds as if you are suggesting that Facebook does not belong in the classroom, but you voted "yes" ?

| Side: No
1 point

Maybe if you read it over again, you will find that if Facebook would be more classroom effective, then it would be a yes.

| Side: yes
0 points

Its easy and useful for collaborating, me and a couple lab partners easily put together a lab report on it before. It could have its advantages in the right classroom.

| Side: yes
keithehoward(7) Disputed
1 point

There are plenty of other Web 2.0 tools out there that allow classroom collaboration without the baggage that Facebook has. As the link suggests, many of its features encourage narcissistic behaviors...

Supporting Evidence: Scientific findings about Facebook users (
| Side: No
casper3912(1560) Disputed
1 point

It stated that people who posted often were likely to be more narcissistic, not that face book encouraged narcissistic behaviors.

Face book has several advantages over most other web tools. Almost everyone already has one, It has numerous apps and new ones can be created for it if a app is lacking, Its very easy to find someone, send out information to a large group, organize an event, etc. Many people also have it hooked up to their phone, allowing instant access to their opinion by a easy and common format. etc.

| Side: yes
3 points

There are many benefits to facebook in general, but one must recognize where these benefits apply.

In general, it increases the users social capital, a measure of their social ability to interact with other people.

this is, without doubt, a positive aspect in general- especially when there are concerns about the internet making people antisocial.

However, in the classroom, social capital is not required. Some of the most brilliant people on earth have been extremely troubled in social interactions, often suffering from depression, mood instability, impulsivity, alcoholism, suicidality, schizotypy, temperament and bipolar disease

in fact, the article discusses the possibility that genius- which I use to correlate to classroom achievement although they are not the same concept- is inversely proportional to social handicaps

| Side: No
2 points

no way! Facebook shouldn't be put up in classrooms. it is a social networking site and only concentrates on socializing amongst people. students don't need Facebook while studying. it is not even meant to teach anyone anything. it is a just-for-fun site.

| Side: No
1 point

I contend that the baggage that Facebook has accumulated as a recreational social networking site prevent it from widespread acceptance by teachers and parents as an educational tool.

| Side: No
1 point

I support your argument, and wonder if it would even be accepted without baggage in this "me" generation era?

| Side: No
1 point

Facebook in the classroom causes lack of concentration in class which can become very detrimental to a student's performance in a course or class. Facebook can also become a form in the transmission of messages inorder to cheat on an exam and also promotes the use of slander and propaganda in class.

| Side: No
1 point

No, it is a social-networking site. I would vote Sporcle over Facebook for the fact those are mostly memory games and actually help with some subjects in the classroom.

If Facebook had more educational value than friend/connection value, then it would be fine.

| Side: No

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