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Facebook "notoriety " as a mere socializing social media website has clothed its real educational value. Some of the eyebrows are raised now as they see this " queer " combination between education and Facebook, but judging the worth of something cannot be placed out of ignorance and hearsay and sentences like " Facebook is no good for education " are but a product of this unmindful thinking.
As teachers and educators, critical literacy theory taught us to be skeptic about the taken for granted assumptions and unless there is a scientific study based on a rigorous research, we can not say that Facebook or any other social media site is not suitable for education. I have to say these things because after I published Teacher's Guide to The Use of Facebook in Education, I got some very severe ( but constructive ) criticism saying that Facebook should never be used with students and while evidence in favor of its use in education abounds , there is no evidence against this use.Let us take the analogy of the knife as an example, a knife can be dangerous and harmful if not properly used but this does not mean that we have to do without it so does Facebook. I will probably come back to this discussion in a future post but for now let me share with you some of the posts Educational Technology and Mobile Learning recommends in this regard :