Fake and fun learning

Sunita Biswas

Technology in the classroom and no teacher left behind! And, what’s more, it’s not a this-too-shall-pass fad. Technology is here to stay and students love technology. It offers exciting prospects with endless possibilities!

fakebook-helpsheet One example of just how endless the possibilities can be is Fakebook. It’s an extremely captivating teaching tool, which is, even at this moment, being used by many teachers here and abroad. I discovered it only recently, and I was bowled over, and, much like the Ancient Mariner, I’m driven to share it with all who are not familiar with this amazing tool that educates while it entertains!

As the name suggests, Fakebook has been cloned on Facebook. It is a lot like Facebook except that it is fake! A very creative History teacher from France, Russel Tarr, realized the potential of a tool that would come as close as it could to a hugely popular social networking website. Tarr has created a website, classtools.net, which is choc-a-bloc with innovative teaching tools, Fakebook being one. This is the link to the website: http://www.classtools.net/

And this is what the Fakebook page looks like. http://www.classtools.net/FB/home-page

It’s very, very easy to use, and like the classtools.net website promises, you don’t need to log in, you don’t need a password (before you even begin), and you don’t have to pay! However, you do need to be online.

And now to recount my Fakebook experience.

I chose to try Fakebook with students of class 8 and the topic was ‘The French Revolution’. We decided to focus on the execution of King Louis XVI who was, as is well-known, guillotined. However, before that, he faced a trial and was convicted and sentenced to death. The class had already studied the various causes of the Revolution and the events leading up to the king’s unfortunate attempt to flee.

The author has, at various times over the past two decades, taught all classes from Nursery to 12. At present she teaches history and music at the middle and senior school levels at Modern High School, Kolkata. She can be reached at sunitabiswas@gmail.com.

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