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Facebook is Not Ruining Student Grades, Study Says

The latest of several studies to look into the relationship between Facebook use and low grades has a counterintuitive twist — some kinds of Facebook use are correlated withhigher GPAs.

“Facebook use in and of itself is not detrimental to academic outcome,” says study author Reynol Junco, a professor at the Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania. “It depends how it’s used.”

All Facebook activities do not have the same relationship with grades. Posting status updates and using Facebook chat generally mean a lower GPA, while checking to see what friends are up to and sharing links suggest a higher GPA. In other words, social Facebook activities were correlated with lower grades and information-related Facebook activities were correlated with higher grades.

Missouri lawmakers vote to repeal Facebook limits

Missouri lawmakers on Sept. 23 passed and sent to the governor a bill designed to refriend Facebook and other electronic media for thousands of Missouri’s teachers and students.

Not everyone, however, has decided to “like” it–including Gov. Jay Nixon, who wants to hear what teachers and school boards think.

The Missouri House overwhelmingly passed a repeal of an earlier law barring most private electronic contact between teachers and students, including exchanges on social media websites such as Facebook.

But the new bill does more than just repeal the so-called Facebook law. It also requires local school districts to adopt their own policies by next March, “to prevent improper communications between staff members and students.”

50 Reasons to Invite Facebook into the Classroom

  1. Facebook is fun: Almost every student is familiar with Facebook, and most are excited to be able to use the site for collaborative learning.
  2. It’s free: Schools pay thousands of dollars for collaboration, digital storage, and communication systems, but Facebook does all of these things — for free.
  3. Students are simply more connected: Many teachers are familiar with Blackboard and other classroom community systems, but students typically only check in when necessary, while students are often checking Facebook multiple times per day.
  4. Calendars and events are easy to share: Remind students of important dates and events right where they hang out — on Facebook.
  5. Students will learn 21st century skills: A study from the University of Minnesota discovered that social networking sites like Facebook help students practice the skills they need to be successful in the 21st century.
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