Today Francis Palacio launched two books to the crowd which gathered in the Image Factory Art Gallery. Middle Schoolin’: 50 Stories about the Challenges, Humor and Rewards of Teaching (co-written by Jacques Paul Rallion) and Facebook Education: From Middle School to Old School and From the USA to Belize. The first book, as Image Factory’s director Yasser Musa, puts it “catalogues and records the teaching experience.” The second book Facebook Education records Dr. Palacio’s initial apprehension to join the social media website, the impact it had on his life and how he now uses it for research and to connect with Belize and the world. It features interviews with a college professor, a deacon, an actor, an engineer, a beauty queen, a nurse, a business person and the founder of beinggarifuna.com Teofilo Colon Jr on the facebook experience.
Palacio believes that Facebook can be used for good. He states that this, Facebook, like any other tool, can be used either to destroy or create. Used properly, he said, it promotes business, networking on the international platform, and even “saves you the cost of a phone call with its ‘instantaneous’ connectivity.”
If you are a member of Facebook, and live in a world of 'likes', 'pokes', 'timelines' and 'video/photo tags', or even if you aren't and have heard that you were tagged in someone's album, this book will speak to you. Like it or not, we live in a Facebook world, the seemingly unescapable ever-growing 'international friend connector'.
Palacio is a graduate of California State University, Los Angeles. He obtained a teaching credential and a Masters Degree in Education from Chapman University. In 2005, Frank was one of a select group of teachers chosen to attend the UCLA Writing Project as a fellow.