The Facebook Page

During 2011 I will be teaching year 12 (final year) Physical Education here in Victoria for the first time.  For those unfamiliar with the course, it covers an extensive amount of theoretical content that is required to be linked with practical experiences. This content is then assessed during a major final examination at a state level. (see 2009 exam)

To assist with the presentation of content and homework requirements, I will be utilising a Facebook Page as our student centre. The great thing about Facebook pages are that they allow students to ‘like’ the page and therefore receive updates within their ‘news feed’. This then means that it becomes very easy for me to post content, discussions and other information that is highly likely to be viewed and acted upon by the students.

The other advantage is that the page has potential to be used by more than just the students in my actual classroom. As there are literally thousands of students completing the same course throughout the state of Victoria, It will become a fantastic place to learn about Physical Education with those from other schools.

To join the VCE Physical Education Page – Click the ‘like’ button on this page or share this link with people you know completing the course –

6 thoughts on “The Facebook Page”

  1. All the best with this endeavour. I shall be interested to see how it goes. This year, I have three virtual students in my year 12 accounting class – from two different schools. I also, think or know that facebook is the way to go, but as it is blocked in my school and the other two schools. I am not sure whether to duplicate work for myself or stay with online tools that can be accessed both at school and at home. However, I have at least three weeks to make up my mind! All the best for 2011

  2. Think its great you’re utilizing a tool you know most (if not all) students access and are familiar with. Good point Anne makes about facebook being blocked at schools…. are you aiming to use it as an ‘access from home’ tool only… so it’ll be like a ‘study assistant’ page (homework notes, study tips, discussions etc). And anyone ‘like’ this page yeah – not just your students.

  3. Thanks for reading, yeh the plan is to have the page used as a homework assistant as you mentioned. As students are online most nights it would just appear in their news feed and remind them of the happenings in class etc.

  4. Look forward to seeing how this develops Jarrod. Love that you are putting this out there for everyone.

  5. Hello Mr. Robbo,

    I am an Education student at the University of South Alabama, USA, and for one of my projects in my Classroom Technologies class EDM310 I am required to post comments on the blogs of teachers. You’re my first assignment!

    Now that I’ve introduced myself, I would like to say that I am very impressed with your blog. Not only that, but your approach to Physical Education is something that I wish I had encountered in my own high school. If my PE teachers had tried to make class interesting by using technology, I might not have faked ill so many times. In any case, using Facebook is a great way to expand your reach. I hope that you manage to change the perceptions of students about exercising and sports. Inactivity is something that many people consider a baseline worry, but in fact it is important to a whole host of things. As a future teacher, I respect what you are doing for students and society.

    If you would like to contact me or if you have any questions about EDM310, I have left my blog link and I will leave my class link as well. (Hopefully I post them right. If not, feel free to laugh. I’m not technologically literate, yet.)

    Twitter: @bookwolfbailey

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