Social media .. think about connecting with today’s students by using a medium they are well familiar with – social networks. But rather than using an actual social media environment that may not be a) appropriate in your school, or b) something you want to take on, think about creating a fake “Facebook” page as a way to let kids demonstrate what they know about a topic.. Illustrate a famous person in history or literature, for example … Think about it.. Who would they ‘friend’? Who would they ‘block?’ What would their profile contain? What conversations could you see happening on their ‘wall’? What pictures would be in their photo albums? What would be in their ‘status updates” at any given point in time/history? What ‘games’ and other ‘apps’ would they like to play? Creating this would get kids thinking at a higher level by taking information and transforming it. Check out this blog post from one of our DEN colleagues from Texas: http://blog.discoveryeducation.com/blog/2011/04/04/fake-a-facebook-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!” (thanks Kim Caise)
Check out this example: http://myfakewall.com/w/Franklin+D+Roosevelt
I’m not sure we could get away with calling it “Facebook” page in our K-8 district since we block it in our schools, but we could certainly call it a social media page..