“Fakebook”: Ideas and how to use this technology to engage students
“Fakebook” allows teachers and students to create imaginary online profile pages for study purposes.
You can click this link to navigate to the application: http://www.classtools.net/FB/home-page
Use “Fakebook” to chart the plot of a book, the development of a character, a series of historical events, the debates and relationships between people, and so on! The possibilities are practically endless and what the students use them for completely based off of your own personal rubric for the assignment. It can be used as an ongoing novel-reading assessment/journal that finally cumulates to be an end of unit project.
Get started by entering a name at the top of the “Fakebook” page. Then proceed to add friends, posts, comments and profile information.
You can save your work and edit it again later.
Watch this short student tutorial:
Here is the link to a “Fakebook” Profile Page I created as a student example for the novel “Divergent” by Veronica Roth: http://www.classtools.net/FB/1879-BM95bY
Check out the rubric & checklist examples to make sure you have completed your project completely:
Project has the following from the book:
____ Title and author
____ Main Character-only those that are important to the story line
____ Setting-place and time of story
____ Plot Summary-brief summary (not a retelling) of the story
____Student made connections- /status reflections, see example (text-to-text, text-to-self, text-to-world)
____Project follows directions from the guidelines.
____Thoroughness of Written Information
____Project captures the most important information.
____Project captures the concept/point the author made in the book.
____Project demonstrates student’s ability.
____Project encourages others to read the book.
____Project attracts others and makes them interested in the work.
____ Images used show creativity and imagination. At least 3(three) important scenes from the book are represented with an image and the caption explains/ tags the image.
* I ALWAYS have student friendly rubrics and checklists available for students so that they know exactly what my expectations are to ensure no surprises and learning mastery success. I also find it helpful to include a section on their handout that basically reads:
◻ I have worked and put my best effort into this Final Novel Project and I am proud to turn in my final product.
◻ I did not put forth my best effort on this Novel Project because______________________________________
What this does is add a little accountability to the project and facilitates ownership of both grade and project work.
For example: Guide Project Directions & Student Checklist
I do something similar for Homework assignments. You can check out my template for this here:
Mrs. Diaz Homework Pink Slip Template
A template I made for students to have accountability and ownership for homework that is not turned in on time. It also serves as documentation should a parent ask me why their student is missing certain assignments in the grade book (idea sparked from Harry Wong’s book).
I can’t think of a better place to use Fakebook than in the Social Studies classroom. This is the class where students learn about people in history. The hard part is getting students to find an interest in all of these, as students might put it, “dead people.” Having students create a Fakebook will engage them in the history of anyone they need to study. Not only will they have fun creating the project, but they will also learn, which is the whole point of anything that a teacher does in the classroom.
So, now we know that we need to have students create one of these pages, but how? The first thing is to find a suitable template. Click here for a list of different Fakebook platforms that can be used with students.
Once you have chosen a platform, decide on who the students need to research. The class could be assigned several different historical figures from the same time period at the end of a unit, or maybe this can be used as an end of the semester project where students choose someone that has been covered in class over the course of the semester. This would allow for more research and discovery.
The best way to set up an assignment like this is with little guidance. A project like this can serve dual roles. The students can learn about the historical figure and also develop their creative mind. Showing one or two examples might be appropriate, but show no more than that. The students know what a Facebook page looks like, and they will create a much better product with less guidance. Rubrics should also follow this rule. A rubric with too many points takes all of the creativity out of the project. A quick Google search will bring up a bunch of different rubrics to use, but my favorite so far is from Mona Morris at Harlem Middle School. It is short, concise and easy to use. Click here for the rubric.
Once the assignment is given, let the student have some fun with it. Support them in accomplishing the task, but let them create a true Fakebook page. Let them write posts just like they would have on Facebook. This means that there is going to be some crazy spelling of words and maybe even some words you won’t know. There are going to be abbreviations and short phrases rather than nice, neat complete sentences. It’s probably going to get a little crazy. That’s okay.
Remember the purpose of the activity; students are going to be learning about a historical figure, not writing a formal report.
This actually brings me to another good point; this is a great activity to use as a springboard for a more formal research paper. They will have done some great preliminary research in order to create the Fakebook page. Now they can take this new found knowledge and put it into a paper!
To put is simply, if you teach social studies, and I don’t care at what level, you need to try this with your students. They will love it, and you won’t regret it!
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