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Spotlight on Strategies:Fakebook

Print out a facebook template. Using a variety of media, students research facts about a particular person. Use different coloured post-its (e.g. blue=status updates, yellow=photo uploads with captions). Ask students complete a Fakebook profile. Once displayed, students can 'post' to other Fakebook profiles, leading to further inquiry.

Big idea

According to a 2011 study conducted by Ofcom, the average 8 – 15 year old spends 12 hours using the internet per week. If we want to engage students, we must ensure we engage them using familiar technology. This strategy uses the format of Facebook as a tool to help students create fake Facebook pages, allowing them to synthesise connections between characters and events.

Overview of strategy

  • Ages:Primary & Secondary
  • Media type used:Video, Image & Text
  • Preparation time:Medium
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Steps

Materials: 

digital resources about a person of interest, a Facebook template (find via Google or make your own), 4 different colors of post-it notes.

  1. Explain to students they will be creating a Fakebook page for a person of importance.
  2. Students should find resources that will provide ideas about an individual's activities, where they may have been in the world during a certain time period, and other important people linked to them.
  3. Using colored post-it notes, students write information they discover on the corresponding color:
    • blue post-it = status updates
    • yellow post-it = friend requests
    • green post-it = photo uploads with captions
    • pink post-it = comments or replies from connections on the news feed
  4. Students post up their completed Fakebook pages and complete a walk around the classroom.
  5. Students can take their post-it notes and post to other Fakebook profiles. As the students read new posts, comments and friend requests, this will lead to further inquiry because there may be new connections and interactions they did not think of before and may want to explore.
Sum it up

This strategy is a great way for students to get to know a historical person in depth. By learning about a historical figure's journey, students will expand their understanding of connected events and personal relationships that happened along the way and contributed to milestones or important moments in history.

More ideas
  • Students can complete a reflection of what they learned about their chosen individual, the interactions they discovered during the walk around walk, and what they would like to explore further.
  • Fakebook pages can also be created for animals to demonstrate food webs or to communicate the journey of objects such as the Hubble Space Telescope.

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