Fakebook

We had a brief discussion and explore of Fakebook which allows teachers and students to create imaginary profiles that look like Facebook pages. Examples of how it could be used include creating a page for a historical figure or a literary character, famous politicians, scientists, artists or musicians.

The website is http://www.classtools.net/FB/home-page

Fakebook

Students could even, in theory, pretend to be different characters having a debate from a narrative storyline.

It could even be used in Science…DNA could have a Fakebook page with friends being other scientific terms.

What’s great about it is that it brings a place for contextual understanding whilst being in a format that students are likely to be familiar with and it engages them to be creative.

Some examples that I found so far…

Fakebook Shakespeare Fakebook Winston Churchill Fakebook Abe Lincoln

Has anyone else had experiences of using Fakebook?

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7 comments

  1. I used it with my students about the intricate relationships between the Federalists and Anti-Federalists. It was very interesting and intriguing to see the posts that kids would create for the historical figure, who they placed as friends, and those they “black listed”. They really enjoyed it. You can also use Edmodo to do something similar and use it for your class post page.

  2. Standby for Bertolt Brecht and Lee Strasberg pages that my IB class are going to create and give some feedback on the educational benefits they, hopefully, find. Also – Christine Flake was introduced to the concept last night and got rather excited. Can anyone let her know where she can find already created Fakebooks, although I am encouraging her to get the kids to make them.

  3. JT, I found some examples my googling Fakebook and then clicking on images. That might help CF!

  4. TS and I discussed this today. She is going to get the students in her AS class to make one for the text ‘Half of a Yellow Sun’ to show how the characters are interlinked. We then planned that I will use it in Year 7 with the text ‘Holes’. I’m going to show the students the layout before we start reading and am going to divide them into groups depending on different characters e.g. Stanley, Zero etc…as they read the book, they will make notes on the different character relationships and possible facebook posts. At the end, in their groups, they will each design a Fakebook page depending on their character. It should give their note taking more direction and make it more interesting for them.

  5. I am thinking of making a Fakebook account for all the different parts of speech… If it works I think it could be a fun way to consolidate my ESL’s work in class. It could be an interesting homework, students could write a fakebook for ‘Prepositions’ with examples of the prepositions being used correctly/incorrectly in a sentence for the comments and post photos of themselves on, under, between etc.

  6. So here’s my trial – http://www.classtools.net/FB/1605-cTwmwx (password preposition – The Fakebook lends itself very well to parts of speech. I will show the class my example and set them a homework to make a Fakebook account for a specific preposition (I will give them the preposition they will do). I think it will be a great way to consolidate the work they have done on prepositions and will make a nice display. If it’s successful and the students enjoy it we can create some for the other parts of speech.

  7. That is so clever!

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