Classtools.net 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.)
Show Notes: Russel Tarr ECM #63, Fake Applications for Real Life Lessons
On Classtools.net, 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 classtools.net 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.
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.Russel Tarr
Teacher, Tolouse France and Creator of Classtools.net
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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