Creating a social media profile for a fictional character or historical figure is a fun way for students to embrace their creative mind and explore the character or person further. By using creative tools like Photoshop and PowerPoint (yes, PPT can be creative!) students don’t need to create social media accounts as they can simply create fake versions of these.
For years now, I have used John DeLisle’s fake Facebook profile PowerPoint slides with students (see JFK sample below). Though the layout may not accurately reflect the latest Facebook layout, the general gist is still there. I have it on my to-do list to create an updated one but it keeps pushing down the ever-growing list. I’ll get to it one day 😉
More recently, I created a Twitter template in PowerPoint that students can use to create a fake profile. It’s fairly simple to manipulate and change the texts and images. Please feel free to check out my blog post on it and use freely with your students. I had lots of fun making the WillShakes profile as the sample (see below).
Finally, just this week, I taught my final lesson of A Midsummer Night’s Dream with Year 7 and we used the fake Instagram template using Photoshop. You can download this resource from the Adobe EdExchange and use it with your students. Instagram is one of the latest and greatest social media networks with students so you could get high engagement with this one. I also suggested to my students to use it in conjunction with PicMonkey to edit their pictures if their Photoshop skills weren’t so great. My example below is also WillyShakes but I had fun demonstrating this same resource in a webinar this week and used Severus Snape from the Harry Potter series as the example – both were fun to make.