10 Beneficial Facebook Pages For Educators To Check Out

by Kelly Walsh on November 20, 2011

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A selection of Facebook Pages providing resources and dialogue focused on education and instructional technologies.

Like most Facebook users, many educators use Facebook to connect with friends new and old, but the Internet’s most popular site can also be a great learning (and teaching) tool. There are many Facebook pages that have been created as a resource to collect, share, and disseminate information about education and education technologies. Here’s 10 of our favorites.

Facebook page about Education resources in FacebookFacebook In Education
http://www.facebook.com/education

Facebook in Education examines ways in which Facebook is being used in an educational context. Based on our search for pages focused on education, this is by far the most widely recognized page in the category, with over 350,000 “likes” (unfortunately, that level of popularity also means that many discussions are somewhat polluted with inane input). There are some interesting topics discussed here, and some worthwhile input from educators.

National Education Association
http://www.facebook.com/NEA.ORG

A popular and active page. “The National Education Association represents 3.2 million members committed to ensuring a great public education for all students. Use this page to learn more about NEA and to engage in discussion on how we can work together to improve public education.”

ISTE
http://www.facebook.com/pages/ISTE/8828374188

The ISTE is the International Society for Technology in Education and their goal is to provide “leadership and service to improve teaching and learning by advancing the effective use of technology in education.”

NAEYC – National Association for the Education of Young Children
http://www.facebook.com/NAEYC

Founded in 1926, “NAEYC’s mission is to serve and act on behalf of the needs, rights and well-being of all young children with primary focus on the provision of educational and developmental services and resources.” This popular Page lets users post on their wall, and there are a wide variety of topics there for consideration and discussion.

ASCD
http://www.facebook.com/ascd.org

“ASCD is a membership organization that develops programs, products, and services essential to the way educators learn, teach, and lead.” This is an active page, and we were impressed with the content and types of dialogues under way there.

#EdChat
http://www.facebook.com/EdchatPLN

This is a different type of group – #Edchat is Twitter based. In their own words, “#Edchat is a hashtag discussion among educators from all over the world on education related topics. It happens every Tuesday at Noon EDT and 7PM EDT. To join us simply follow the #Edchat hashtag on Twitter!” The Facebook Page keeps users up on discussion topics, and provides additional resources.

Edutopia
http://www.facebook.com/edutopia

Another popular page, supporting a non-profit organization. “Edutopia is where The George Lucas Educational Foundation’s vision to highlight what works in education comes to life. Edutopia provides stories integrating creative uses of technology with effective teaching and learning. Edutopia’s audience includes educators, parents, school board members, university faculty, community-based organizations, and the business community — all groups working to create better schools for the twenty-first century.”

Education Week
http://www.facebook.com/edweek

“Education Week is American education’s newspaper of record. Our reporters, researchers, and bloggers cover local, state, and national education news and issues from preschool through the high school transition to college and career.”

Free Technology For Teachers
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Free-Technology-for-Teachers/191553219314?ref=ts&sk=wall

The Facebook Page for Richard Byrne’s popular web site and blog, providing a constant stream of new free instructional technology resources for the classroom.

Connect A Million Minds
http://www.facebook.com/ConnectaMillionMinds

“Connect a Million Minds is Time Warner Cable’s $100 million community commitment to connect youth to ideas, people and opportunities that will inspire them to become the problem solvers of tomorrow.” These folks are doing great stuff.

[Bonus Page!] EmergingEdTech
http://www.facebook.com/EmergingEdTech

(Well you didn’t think we’d overlook our own Page did you? :)) The EmergingEdTech Facebo0k Page is certainly a worthwhile resource, where we share blog posts, video blog entries, free upcoming web events, contests, and more. Be sure to stop by and check it out today!

Do you have favorite Facebook Pages that you think other educators would like to know about? Please share them in a comment. Thanks!

This blog post was written in collaboration with Daniel Offer. Daniel is the Managing Director of the Facebook software Chit Chat for Facebook.

Related Posts (if the above topic is of interest, you might want to check these out):
Facebook in the Classroom. Seriously.
4 Great Twitter Applications for Teachers Using Twitter In The Classroom
10 Excellent iPad Applications for Teachers

About 

Kelly Walsh is Chief Information Officer, and an adjunct faculty member, at The College of Westchester in White Plains, NY and is the founder and author of EmergingEdTech.com. As an education technology advocate, he frequently delivers presentations on a variety of related topics at schools and conferences across the U.S. Walsh is also an author, and online educator, periodically running Flipped Class Workshops online. His latest eBook, the Flipped Class Workshop in a Book was published in September, 2013 and is available here. In his spare time Walsh also writes, records, and performs original (and cover) songs (look for "K. Walsh" on iTunes or Amazon.com or check out his original song videos on here on YouTube ).

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Wizen World March 18, 2014 at 2:42 am

Try these math games for middle schoolers, they’re sure to liven up your classroom: http://www,wizenworld.com

Get more details at: http://www.facebook.com/wizenworld

Librareanne February 10, 2014 at 3:55 pm

Hi,
Thank you so much for sharing these wonderful resources. I’m a big fan and follow most of them.
Flying my little flag here and promoting two pages:
http://www.facebook.com/conthedots – a page that brings together interesting and inspirational items relating to learning, technology, leadership, libraries and reading.
http://www.facebook.com/pyplibrary – a page that highlights links and resources for International Baccalaureate school library professionals around the world.

Boon Yih Mah February 26, 2013 at 9:03 pm

As quoted from Prensky’s words “…the very best thing we can do is more sharing”, “Web-based Cognitive Writing Instruction” (https://www.facebook.com/WebbasedCognitiveWritingInstruction) is initiated to cultivate a culture of knowledge sharing among all friends and people as a scaffolding process in knowledge construction particularly in the area of language development through technology. Your “like” is highly appreciated if you find it useful and beneficial. Thanks.

Zak Ward April 11, 2012 at 2:07 pm

3dtoad.com has been busy expanding its online collection of 360/ 3-D educational images of items that are found in classrooms such as dissections, skeletons and much more.

This website is free for everyone and we would love to get the word out.

If you look around http://www.3dtoad.com you will be amazed!

Rob Bayuk November 29, 2011 at 11:52 am

Nice list Kelly, thanks for curating. Of course, I will toss one more in the mix: http://www.facebook.com/partnersinlearning – Microsoft’s primary site for teacher programs and resources

Kim Yaris November 27, 2011 at 6:54 am

If you’re interested in keeping current with best practices in literacy instruction, type “literacy builders” into the facebook search bar and join our community, too!

Shannon Holden November 26, 2011 at 7:02 pm

Are you struggling to implement the newly-adopted Common Core State Standards in your school? I have built 96 Facebook fan pages for each subject and grade level of the CCSS, complete with videos, lesson plans, curriculum maps, “crosswalks”, and other free stuff! Just go to http://on.fb.me/ccssmainmenu or type “CCSS Main Menu” in your Facebook search bar. You can even add your own free resources if you want to share!

luis November 23, 2011 at 12:28 pm

Computers are only assistants and a good teacher’s will always be needed.
However social networks such as facebook and YouTube as well as great resources including Wikipedia and Wolfram-Alpha are here to stay so that educators must use them in the teaching process. Many academics are posting great educational videos and materials online. The only problem is to sort the good ones from the rest and present them in an organized manner.

This effort is being done by: http://Utubersity.com which presents the best educational videos available on YouTube in an organized, easy to find way to watch and learn.

They are classified and tagged in a way that enables people to find these materials more easily and efficiently and not waste time browsing through pages of irrelevant search results.

The website also enhances the experience using other means such as recommending related videos, Wikipedia content and so on. There’s also a Spanish version called http://utubersidad.com

This is a project that YouTube should embrace itself, with curated content from academics and maybe using a different URL (Youtubersity?) so it won’t be blocked by schools.

Jenny November 23, 2011 at 4:16 am

Great post!
You should check out Emagister on Facebook. News, opinions and contests all related to education: http://www.facebook.com/Emagister
Enjoy!

Shana Ray November 21, 2011 at 7:16 pm

I would also add Edublogs and SimpleK12. Both great sources of resources on Facebook.

http://www.facebook.com/edublogs
http://www.facebook.com/pages/SimpleK12/111847622212023

I hope someday, Collaborize Classroom would make this great list: http://www.facebook.com/Collaborize! :)

Elaine Mulligan November 21, 2011 at 3:16 pm

The National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities (NICHCY) has a helpful Facebook page for families and educators. We post a lot of good resources for serving children with and without disabilities: http://www.facebook.com/nichcy

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