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Historical Facebook

Recently edtech guru Richard Byrne wrote about a way to encourage students to research using the concept of Facebook. By creating a faux Facebook account for a person of interest, students need to research that person and try to bring their personality to life. Derrick Waddell has developed a template that any teacher can freely use.

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To read the entire post, click here.

Note: Students will NOT set up a Facebook account, this is merely a template based on the Facebook concept and layout.

The State Library of Victoria Education Services have also alerted me to an interactive way for teachers to bring Shakespeare to life for their students. Sarah Schmelling created this Facebook page for Hamlet:

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Again, Facebook does not have to be used for this unit, but using the template above, students could create new Shakespearean scenes, scenarios, characters or plays, update the play they are studying or develop conversations between characters.

A great way to bring history to life for our students using a format they are familiar with.

7 Responses to “Historical Facebook”

  1. [...] This post was mentioned on Twitter by Shelly S Terrell, Lesley Edwards, SLAV Bright Ideas, Nathan Wellborne, Theresa Murray and others. Theresa Murray said: RT @ShellTerrell: Historical Facebook http://bit.ly/9omNql #edtech [...]

  2. Karen says:

    Thanks so much for this – I love the idea and share it withone of my history teachers. She has already jumped on board and we’ll be using it to explore Henry VIII (and his wives) in a fortnight!

  3. slav says:

    How cool! Thanks for letting me know.

  4. ktenkely says:

    This is such a fun way to learn about historical or literary figures. It is a lot of fun to link new technologies to history. The Facebook profile page gives students a great snapshot of everything a student needs to know about a historical figure.

  5. joy reid says:

    Looks great, they’d have to work at home though as Facebook is banned at our school. I guess we could check their work at home or they could print off the page (can that be done?)

  6. slav says:

    Joy, this is a faux Facebook, a lookalike. Not Facebook.

  7. [...] using the ‘format’ of facebook, has been listed on the Bright Ideas blog posting ‘Historical Facebook’. Explore the ideas and comments there, as well as the link to the free template. Leave a [...]

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