At our secondary English conference yesterday, one of the teachers shared how he had recently started to use Facebook for part of his unit on Of Mice and Men. He had groups of students draw for a character in the novel and then they worked together to create a Facebook page as that character. The students are completely engaged and are demonstrating a sophisticated understanding of the characters in the novel. It was a great discussion.
I have some concerns though, but I’m not sure if they’re valid.
First of all, when we were looking at the teacher’s exemplar Facebook page, some inappropriate ads came up on the sidebar. I’m not sure that privacy settings are a real issue since the students are not posting as themselves, but isn’t there the possibility that Facebook might shut down the page if they realize it’s not a real person?
I thought about doing the same kind of thing on Ning, but the cool thing about Facebook, is the students (as characters) were joining groups etc. that exist on Facebook and wouldn’t exist on Ning.
Does anybody have some thoughts about this?