Russel Tarr Created by Russel Tarr a Teacher from France is a free site for teachers created by teacher Russel Tarr. This site has EVERYTHING including Fakebook, graphic organizers, and video game makers.  Russel teaches in Tolouse France, and decided to use his programming skills to make the graphic organizers he wished he could use on the web. (I talk about Classtools in the Prewriting Chapter 10 of my book Reinventing Writing.) If Facebook and Twitter are blocked for you, this is your ANSWER! (And yes, it is FREE.)

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Show Notes: Russel Tarr ECM #63, Fake Applications for Real Life Lessons 

On, Russel has created tools for students including FakeBook, timeline tools, diagram makers, hamburger paragraph makers, SMS generators, and a QR code treasure hunt. (Go to to see them all.)

He says he enjoyed programming and creating what other teachers and he needed for teaching students. FakeBook is very popular among history teachers.

[endorsement photo=”” cite=”Russel Tarr” byline=”Teacher, Tolouse France and Creator of”]You can't access Facebook in school. You can't access Twitter in school. You can channel that interest into what they're learning in school using Fake Twitter and Fakebook.[/endorsement]

Russel especially likes the chemistry FakeBook pages for particular elements, and never dreamed the tool could be used in that way.  He has also created Twister, which is a fake tweet generator were students can create tweets in ‘character’ of historical figures. Russel never thought the site would be so popular, and continues to be amazed at the positive feedback he receives.

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Vicki Davis is a full-time classroom teacher and IT Director in Georgia, USA. She is Mom of three, wife of one, and loves talking about the wise, transformational use of technology for teaching and doing good in the world. She hosts the 10 Minute Teacher Podcast which interviews teachers around the world about remarkable classroom practices to inspire and help teachers. Vicki focuses on what unites us -- a quest for truly remarkable life-changing teaching and learning. The goal of her work is to provide actionable, encouraging, relevant ideas for teachers that are grounded in the truth and shared with love. Vicki has been teaching since 2002 and blogging since 2005. Vicki has spoken around the world to inspire and help teachers reach their students. She is passionate about helping every child find purpose, passion, and meaning in life with a lifelong commitment to the joy and responsibility of learning. If you talk to Vicki for very long, she will encourage you to "Relate to Educate" or "innovate like a turtle" or to be "a remarkable teacher." She loves to talk to teachers who love their students and are trying to do their best. Twitter is her favorite place to share and she loves to make homemade sourdough bread and cinnamon rolls and enjoys running half marathons with her sisters. You can usually find her laughing with her students or digging into a book.

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aunttammie June 13, 2014 - 3:12 pm

I have been using the Arcade Games for years. That might have been his first offering. My students love it for learning vocabulary, and the wordshoot game is especially great on the Smartboard! What I particularly like about the arcade games is that it’s a five for one deal…you put in one set of words and definitions, and you get five games!

coolcatteacher June 13, 2014 - 3:39 pm

That is sooooo true! I split up words and have different kids make games and we rotate computers!!! Awesome point – I am so glad you made it for everyone reading this post!!Vicki Davis @coolcatteacher

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