What we put on our Facebook home page usually involves some deep thinking about how to put our best “face” forward. We have to represent our personalities in a few pictures, posts, interests and taglines.
Now, this sort of thinking process just might be interesting if you were to apply it to a character from a book your class or student is reading. But, really do you want to create an entire page just for one fictional or non-fictional character? I think not! 😉
That is where “Fakebook” comes to the rescue. Fakebook, from Classtools.net lets students create a sample Facebook page and save it. The page is fairly complete with room for photos, interests, posts and more. This takes creative expression in a much different direction than the standard essay.
There is even a place to post “friends or frenemies.”
Create a page based on some of the following:
- Historical figure
- Novel figure
- Family member
- Yourself in the future
- About me activity
Do I Plan to Use It?
I am going to keep it in my bag of tricks when discussing digital literacy with teachers. I love the way this site requires students to think in a deeper manner about their characters.
Commitment and Learning Curve
Medium to low learning curve. It is an older looking site, so it can be a bit less intuitive than the more modern looking sites.
Best for ES MS or HS?
I think you can use it with upper ES and all of MS/HS without a problem. I like this site too as it allows students to create a Facebook page without really creating one!
Have you ever tried Fakebook or plan to? Let us know what you think in the comments.