If you haven’t figured it out yet, I love Twitter! Not only is it great for my professional development as a teacher but it’s entertaining as well. It’s popularity is increasing in Australia and our students are increasingly taking to it to follow and engage with their favourite sports stars, musicians and celebrities.
I’ve always liked the idea of having students create fake Twitter or Facebook profiles of historical figures, fictional figures or even parody accounts, to delve deeper into the understanding of history, a character in a novel or society. Just this week I saw a fantastic account by the name of @TitanicRealTime that tweeted as though it was reporting from the Titanic more than 100 years ago. What a great way for kids to learn about the Titanic voyage in an engaging way – tweet from the ship!
Not all schools have access to Twitter to create accounts so teachers have to rely on templates. I got bored on the train yesterday (not really, but you know once I start these things I have to finish them) and made a fake Twitter template for good ol’ Will Shakespeare! I’d like it to have a second page so kids can extend themselves and include more tweets but that can wait – perhaps kids could do that themselves even! Use freely with your students and let me know how it goes.
Download fake Twitter template: FakeTwitterTemplate