Using Facebook as an Educational Tool: Effects on Achievement
Blanche O'Bannon, Jeff Beard, Virginia Britt, The University Of Tennessee, United States
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in New Orleans, Louisiana, United States ISBN 978-1-939797-02-5 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC USA
This study examined the effectiveness of using a Facebook group to increase preservice teachers’ knowledge of core technology topics. Further, it examined their use of Facebook, their use of a course related Facebook group, their participation habits in the group, and their perceptions of the use of Facebook for educational purposes. The results revealed a significant gain in achievement. Additionally, they use Facebook the most to maintain existing relationships, to share photographs, and to communicate. They used the Facebook group to lurk/read, post comments, “like” comments, and post additional information. They indicated that the Facebook group was beneficial in improving readiness for course assessments, was convenient, provided a good means of communication, and enhanced their learning.
O'Bannon, B., Beard, J. & Britt, V. (2013). Using Facebook as an Educational Tool: Effects on Achievement. In R. McBride & M. Searson (Eds.), Proceedings of SITE 2013--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 3323-3330). New Orleans, Louisiana, United States: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).