We also discussed Fakebook which is a site that looks and acts like Facebook and allows students to create imaginary profile pages for use with research, content, teaching, etc. Some of the pros I see with Fakebook are it can be a great way to encourage students to research, write, and engage in class projects and presentations. Also, students really want to be a part of social media and so this can be a great way to get them excited about learning and biography writing. Some of the cons can be that many parents feel nervous about things related to Facebook even though there is no actual social media elements involved.
Class notes can be found here.
In class this week we did an activity retweeting history. This is an engaging, interactive way for students to simulate a historical event. We simulated the bombing of Pearl Harbor and it was the most engaged I have been in class. I really felt it necessary to do my part to contribute and create a good final product. My group was in charge of tweeting what President Rosevelt would have said in this situation. The one thing I found difficult about this task was that the President of the United States probably wouldn't have been tweeting the details that we were discussing because of safety reasons and as not to give away what America's plan for retaliation was. However, in order to adequately represent the historical facts we had to kind of disregard that fact. Reading the tweets on Sunday and following the reenactment was exciting and I believe this could really excite and allow students to take responsibility for their learning.