As educators, one of our primary goals should be to teach our students how to research for reliable information. Very often, when I ask students to do research and back their arguments with facts, I am presented with links to blog posts. More often than not, the information presented on these posts tend to be based on opinions of bloggers or anecdotal evidence. Unfortunately, in the age of Web 2.0, this is what our young generation is used to. “They wouldn’t put anything on the internet that isn’t true”, that’s their mentality.
As we encourage our students to venture into the internet for information, we need to stress the importance of checking for reliability of facts and sources, and direct them to resources that upholds these values.
Facebook Newswire, a feature recently released by Facebook, is one of those resources. In collaboration with Storyful, Facebook Newswire delivers news that is verified for accuracy by Storyful staff journalists. Facebook watchers attribute the release of Facebook Newswire to Facebook’s desire to compete with Twitter as a source of news. That maybe the case, but for me, Facebook has just given us educators and our students a gift of a source for reliable information.
I have always been an avid proponent of using social media in the classroom. With the release of Facebook Newswire, my conviction is a bit stronger.
The original version of this article was published in my LinkedIn profile.
Are you an educator on the fence about using social media in the classroom? Please contact me, I both teach social media and use it to enhance my students’ learning. If used correctly, social media channels can open a window of learning for your students, to which they did not have access before.