I've used Facebook since 2005, so I considered myself very familiar with it. However, until I was required to create a Facebook fan page for a class I'm taking (Technology in Kinesiology), I never ever considered using Facebook in my PE classes. The only time I've ever used Facebook in class at all was when I was teaching a Living Skills class and the unit was on internet safety/cyber-bullying/online etiquette. Anyway, I was reluctant to make myself accessible on Facebook to my students, but since I can do it behind the mask of CHS Yoga & Pilates instead of my real name, I am feeling a little better about it.
I told my classes about my new page, because I figured if I was going to make it, I might as well make it useful, and they were surprisingly receptive to the idea. I still need to make it more appealing, but I think it could be useful for a couple of reasons. I don't do a lot of pencil-paper assignments in class, and the vast majority of the learning is done by participating, so having an easy place to post visual reminders and resources about upcoming events is great. The other reason I think it could be useful is because I plan to post links to various things we do in class, so when the time comes for them to create their own yoga or Pilates routines, they can use the Facebook page as a resource page because they aren't allowed to take my books and magazines home.