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Friday, July 29, 2011

ClassTools Rules!

ClassTools is a site created by Russel Tarr, Head of History at the International School of Toulouse, France.  This site houses a variety of templates, free of charge, that allows for the generation of educational resources that can be used in the classroom immediately without registration.  The classroom aids that educators design from this series of templates can be saved as a HTML file or as a Widget that can be embedded in a blog or wiki.  An Internet connection would still be necessary to communicate with the ClassTools site.  As long as a file is used during a 12 month time period it will be saved permanently on their server.

Given the popularity of Facebook, even by my students too young to participate (cringing here), I decided to design a template using Fakebook.

Fakebook allows users to design a page around a real or imaginary character.  Begin by entering in the name--Click Here To Enter Name.  Once the submit button is clicked Fakebook will find a profile picture or the user can upload one of their choice.  I recommend uploading one of your choice based upon personal experience.

As much profile information as necessary can be included.  It can be edited.  Friends can be named on the left along with an uploaded photo or one chosen by Fakebook.

When a post is added there is a box for the poster's name, text of post, date of post and for an image.  Postings can be deleted, moved with drag and drop and edited.  Viewers of the page can make comments.
By just saying likes this or dislikes this a thumbs up or thumbs down will show.

Using the tool bar to the right of the Fakebook page a new page can be started, the current page can be saved, printed, embedded, or downloaded.  In order to receive the embed code the page must first be saved.  The search icon looks for previously made pages while the browse icon lists recently produced pages. 

Each Fakebook page has a unique URL when it is saved.  At that time the user is asked if they want the page to become part of the Fakebook Public Directory.

Fakebook pages can be used in author or illustrator study, to study characters in a class read or for individual responses to books read, to highlight a particular event or just about anything in the same manner as Facebook.

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