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Fakebook Profiles aren't just for English classes

One of the favorite parts of my job as an Instructional Technology Specialist is to research and locate tools to support teachers in the classroom. I had co-taught a few lessons with Mr. Wayment last year and had been excited to receive his email of tentative lesson ideas and themes a few days ago. He outlined 5 or 6 lessons with an overarching theme/topic with suggested student projects and had requested my assistance in locating Web 2.0 tool or apps to facilitate and support the execution of his lessons.

Read Write Think Profile Publisher

Autobiographical Profile: The first lesson idea was to have students create an autobiographical Facebook-like profile of themselves. As this project was scheduled for early September, I wanted to focus on a tool that did not require logins or the ability to have profiles post or comment to other students’ walls. My first thought was Read Write Think’s Profile Publisher. The tool is free and allows you to create a profile for yourself or a fictional character highlighting a favorite song, quote, about me, latest blog entry, and favorites/interests. The interactive tool doesn’t require a login and is very easy to use. The end product is a printed page. The main downside is that students would have to hand draw their profile pic or copy and paste one on the sheet.

Another option would be to download a PPT template, Word template, Google Docs template which would be a functional option but might require more time in class to complete.

Scholastic Character Scrapbook: Ophelia

Literary Character Profile: Once the students were familiar with the tool(s), they could create a Facebook-like profile for a literary character from a fictional story. If teachers would like to have students simulate the online discussion feed, they could have students create a static profile with one of the tools above and use Todays Meet for the actual debate or discussion.

If teachers are looking for a tool that has the profile and feed capabilities all in one, they might want to test out Fakebook or My FakeWall. Of the two, my preference is Fakebook. It doesn’t require a login to utilize the standard features. Students can upload a profile pic, edit basic profile info, add posts and friends, and even include YouTube videos (which would be great to utilize Talking Heads, Sock Puppets, Puppet Pals, or Videolicious to create your own content or use current YouTube videos as a point of reference.) The Fakebook can be saved and generates a random URL which the user creates a password for to edit. If the ads become too distracting, there is a paid premium option. Fakebook can be exported as a PDF or embedded in a website or blog.

View Fullscreen |I created a sample with Ophelia: http://www.classtools.net/fb/28/PDQ4DW.

MyFakewall might be a bit more robust but will require logins. As it is still in beta, students may also experience some glitchyness. 

 

Fakebook profiles aren’t just for English: Consider using them across the curriculum:

Aphrodite's Wall via Shmoop

 


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