Facebook redux

“I don’t understand Facebook!”

An unanticipated problem, for sure. My first project to ease myself and my students into the idea of a paperless classroom is a dummy Facebook page for one of the characters from The Great Gatsby. The assignment is intended to teach online collaboration, get students working in our Google Apps suite and to examine what they know about the characters in the book.

The template we used was originally created in powerpoint. I’d love to tell you the origin of the template, but it looks like it’s been borrowed by lots of teachers and made available via course web sites. I uploaded it to google docs and checked the “Convert documents, presentations, spreadsheets, and drawings to the corresponding Google Docs formats” box. I then used the share function to share the template with all of my students.

The email that they received with the invitation to the shared document also included project instructions and a grading rubric. Their instructions were to make a copy of my template and then create a shared document between the partners.

I am not, by any means, the first teacher to have come up with this idea. A quick google search will return results for all kinds of templates. I picked up <ahref=”http://techtoolsforschools.blogspot.com/2010/01/facebook-project-template.html”> this one </a> from another blog, TechToolsforSchools. Some are more and less current, and it wouldn’t take too much effort to create your own if you’re moderately fluent in an image editor. If I had planned better, maybe I’d have tried it in Aviary.

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