Social Networking. These are two very simple words that contain a lot of meaning. When I grew up social networking involved mobile messaging and the occasional email. Now social networking has evolved. Not only does it allow us to communicate but also gives us a tool to form our own social and cultural identities and put it out there for the whole world to see. As adults we understand the complexities of doing such a thing, but do teenagers?
I think it is important to embrace Social Networking and incorporate it into our teaching. In my subject area a great way to do this is to get students to create Facebook pages for key characters from a text. This is harder than it sounds. Creating a facebook page for fictional character requires a deep understanding of the text and of the character.
My FakeWall is in the beta stage but the cool thing about it, is that it lets you create fake Facebook pages without having to create real accounts. Try it out and I challenge you to try and use this in your teaching.