Friday, January 22, 2010

Facebook project & Template

We've had a lot of fun in my district doing a Facebook project. Teachers from almost every subject have jumped into this.
  • Science - create a page for a certain type of rock.
  • History - historical figure/group.
  • Geography - Country page/profile.
  • Foreign Language - country, author, historical figure, featured verb, fictional character.
  • Math - formulas, theorems.
  • English - Character (fictional/non-fictional), Author.


The template is a .ppt that should have all the tabs linked to each slide. So it should act like a normal facebook page when you are viewing as a show.

Click on the image below to see a sample of instructions for this project.


Let me know how you like it.

43 comments:

  1. I've used www.edmodo.com which is very similar to Facebook, but for educational purposes. You can post assignments on there and grade them instantly and the teacher has complete control over all comments and anything the students post. Very useful site!

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  2. Great idea. I had seen this before, but it was a Word Document. Great idea as a Power Point Slide Show though. Will definitely share with colleagues and a conference I am attending in April. I also posted a link to your blog and the Template on a Wiki I created for Facebook in Education: http://facebook4education.wikispaces.com

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  3. Really great template, another way of implementing this concept is to use facebook feed style report to create a timeline of historic events or a storyline, I had my students do this for our lesson on the book of Kings in the Old Testament. See text of the first chapter here http://docs.google.com/View?id=dg22tfk8_134gt4k24cq

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  4. What is the best way to use your template? I downloaded and saved it... can I just delete the existing photos and entries and plug in my own photos and comments? How would you do this with a class? Thanks for your help.

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  5. Terry, You can right click on the images and change the image. All the text snippets are text boxes. You can delete them and add a new text box or just delete the text from inside.

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  6. Thanks! I tried it and it was easy! Do you by any chance have instructions or guidelines that you give to students when they are assigned this project. I'm thinking they should probably plan everything out on paper, put all text and photos into a folder, then plug it in when they are satisfied with their choices. Is this a reasonable approach or am I making it too hard? I want to find a way to get maximum results from students but at the same time not be overbearing, given their high comfort level with PPT and other such programs. Any advice?

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  7. Terry, I just uploaded a document that was created by another tech person in my district. See if that helps.

    Personally, I wouldn't have the students plan this one on paper. I might suggest it for those students who would like to. However, I know I wouldn't have time to grade paper drafts or anything. I would let them create the entire thing in ppt and maybe have them present it.

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  8. Brilliant idea! I am hoping that our board will get on board with this idea and grant students access to sites like Facebook for such purposes.

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  9. well i tried to copy facebook but i ended up using this template for social networking
    http://www.theelectronicmart.com/

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  10. has anyone run into any copyright issues with Facebook on this?

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  11. Meili, We haven't run accross copyright issues with this project. We have submitted the Template to Facebook and are awaiting official permission from them for this ppt. template.

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  12. May I ask how long ago you submitted it? We would really like to use this for an English class but do not want to run in to copyright issues. Thanks

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  13. Making facebook profiles of Latin American independence leaders with my students today--your template has saved me a TON of work. Thanks for sharing!!

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  14. This is AWESOME! I can't wait to use it in my class!

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  15. Thank you for template. I also find simple and free Facebook page editor with Free Facebook Templates on www.fbpager.com

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  16. David thank you for sharing this template. I would like to seek your permission to use this template in a Religion and Ethics module we are currently developing for Brisbane Catholic Education. Could you please let me know asap if you give this permission. It will be attributed to you of course.

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  17. @resourcelinkbce You absolutely have my permission. Thanks for asking. Let me know how it turns out.

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  19. May I use this with a 5th grade class?

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  20. David,
    This is JUST what I have been looking for to use with a 9th grade Health class, in a public school in NYC. I want them to research important people in public health, to synthesize the material, and to create a page.

    May I also have permission to use this?

    Bravo! You're someone I want to keep in touch with to see what other great ideas you have!

    Judith Steinhart

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  21. Hi David,
    I'd love to have your permission to use this for a famous inventors project with my 5th grade students, but I'm nervous about copyright issues with Facebook?
    Thanks!

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  22. @TechnoSavvy, You have my permission. We've been using it with students for over 2 years. I submitted it to Facebook for approval, and still haven't heard back from them.

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  23. Hi David,

    I am about to start this project with my students and would like to use this template, with your permission of course.

    Is there any way you could email a copy of a blank template to me at feighetr@winslow-schools.com or tfeighery07@aim.com so that I can more easily use it?

    Thanks.
    Tracy Feighery

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  24. This is what I have been looking for. do you mind if I use it with Middle School students in Illinois? Is there a blank template I can have emailed to me? Thanks for creating this!

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  25. Very cool!!!! Thanks for sharing!!!

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  26. Can I get your permission to use this for my 9th grade project?

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  27. That is what it's here for. Its a public google doc that you can download right to ppt.

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  28. This is perfect! May I use it also with one of my 5th grade classes?

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  29. Loved your template and have used it for quite a while now! Updating it to reflect a newer version of Facebook has been on my to-do list, and I've FINALLY got around to it! A link to download it is available on my blog: http://noshhinghere.blogspot.com/2012/02/updated-facebook-template.html

    Thanks for inspiring me!

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    1. I love it. Thanks for doing this and for sharing.

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  30. This is really great, and I really appreciate you sharing it with the world through your blog. What a powerful teaching tool this is, especially considering most schools in my district do not allow the kids to use Facebook in the computer labs. Now we can use it guilt free. I thank you again for your work - awesome stuff!

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  31. Thank you so much! This is just what my Year 9 Pathways class need for a novel response to 'Holes'. Much appreciated.
    Jo O'Brien
    Australia

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  32. Hi David, I'm planning to use your template for a Heros of the American Revolution with my 5th grade class. May I? I've been banging my head against the wall for over a week trying to figure this project out. Your template is the answer. Could you please send me a blank template? Thanks

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  34. Mary, I asked David the same question (about how to get a blank copy) and here is what he said:

    You can right click on the images and change the image. All the text snippets are text boxes. You can delete them and add a new text box or just delete the text from inside.

    I tried it and it's easy... good luck!

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  35. Terry, we are Mac users. I can delete images and text. My students would benefit from a template so they can plug in the info. they've researched. Thanks for your comment.

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    1. I've been meaning to put together a blank template. I just haven't had time to do it. However, the ppt as you see it was designed to be a template. Your students can see the basics, delete the pictures and text and just replace them with their own content. PC or Mac. It should be fine.

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  36. I'm at home on my Mac right now... so I tried just clicking on the text box and pushing "delete"... works great! Somewhere in this thread, I think there is an updated version that someone did to reflect the newer look of FB (not timeline though)... It is a sample with Monet. Let me know if you want me to attach it.

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  37. For everyone, I am glad you have all given such great feedback on this template. I published it here for all to see and use. Please feel free to download and use with your students. The only thing I ask is that if your students come up with a better idea for a project than this one, or if they find a way to improve it, that you please share alike.

    One last request, while using this template, please make sure that your students learn to use hyperlinks with this project so that they are able to make the ppt function like a real webpage. I feel that this is a great way to teach our kids hyperlinks and creative way that they can be used.

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