· “I don’t have to wait for class for an answer”
· “If I miss a class and I can now just get my homework through Facebook”
And my favourite:
· “I enjoy the opportunity to be creative in math”
Some students, to my amazement, didn’t have Facebook. For these students, I allowed them to complete the assignment the traditional way; complete at home and hand in tomorrow.
How the students understood the concepts also amazed me! In all my math classes, we started having deeper discussions about the beauty of math. Just by having students write out their thought processes, brought in an entire new view of mathematics.
Even though I don’t use test scores as an indicator of understanding, their exam and quiz marks also increased. The exams I use were common, and all my class averages were 70%, 75%, and 85%. Not to be misleading, the third class was an advance placement class, so those marks are to be expected. Beyond the marks, the comments I heard in my class and on my course evaluation are what brought joy to my heart, here are some of them:
“I finally understand where math is in my life”
“I never thought math was this easy”
“I enjoy being able to try something and not lose marks if it is wrong”
Overall, this project was a great success! Facebook opened up discussions outside of class that I have never had before. I cannot wait to try and grow this project more.