I set up the Facebook page for the Idaho STEP Program, which is a (now second year) program at Boise State where undergraduates (mainly freshmen) are hired as researchers in STEM fields. The goal of STEP is to have students enter STEM fields, and continue with them after they graduate college.You can see the snippet of the STEP program in the "Stalk us on Facebook" box on the right hand side of this page. (At the time of writing it seems to have broken itself... Facebook as usual)
I have also set up the REU Facebook services (with Lilijana Babinkostova - Hope I got your name right!) for you students to use.
It is slightly confusing because of the permission settings that Facebook uses, which is why I created this post.
There are three ways communication via Facebook will work for the REU (This is the same as the STEP program is):
- via Boise State REU Group (Students)
- via Blogger (Students)
We do not want to promote admins (who can change the settings), but we want students to be able to broadcast for everyone to see, so the configuration will work. You will post in your blogs, and within 30 minutes the post will appear on Facebook (it's automated). It's a bit more confusing than that, but that is all you need to know about how it works.
- via REU Facebook Page
That's the setup in a nutshell. I have created some videos of how to setup a blogger and configure it (and then tweak it to look better), and it takes less than an hour. You'll need your own Google Account (BroncoMail/Google Apps does NOT work) to tie to the blog. Try to give it an original name.
I'll give the links out to you later when you need to set them up.