Know the "Other" side on Facebook

4/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
One of the best practices that I recommend for educators who are using Facebook with students is to create a group or a page where teachers and parents or students can connect, collaborate, and create. One of the nice things about groups and pages is they allow you to message members without having to be Facebook "friends" with them.  Recently however, a new twist has been put in place that innovative educators should be aware of. 
If you want to message a student with whom you are not friends, it will cost you a dollar for the message to go straight to their inbox as you can see from the below message. 

But not to worry. Here's how to get around the fee.

What this means for educators who plan to message group members is that you need to let students know they should be checking their "other" folder. Let them know they can move a message to their Inbox by replying, or by opening the message and selecting Move to Inbox from the Actions menu.

Here is where you can find the "Other" folder.

A best practice might be to send members a welcome message with information about the group as well as directions on how to move a message from you to their inbox.  Ask them a question that they can reply to so you know they know how to do this. 

Lisa Nielsen writes for and speaks to audiences across the globe about learning innovatively and is frequently covered by local and national media for her views on “Passion (not data) Driven Learning,” "Thinking Outside the Ban" to harness the power of technology for learning, and using the power of social media to provide a voice to educators and students. Ms. Nielsen has worked for more than a decade in various capacities to support learning in real and innovative ways that will prepare students for success. In addition to her award-winning blog, The Innovative Educator, Ms. Nielsen’s writing is featured in places such as Huffington Post, Tech & Learning, ISTE Connects, ASCD Wholechild, MindShift, Leading & Learning, The Unplugged Mom, and is the author the book Teaching Generation Text.

Disclaimer: The information shared here is strictly that of the author and does not reflect the opinions or endorsement of her employer.

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