So many Facebook users were upset with the launch of Facebook’s Timeline layout. They claimed that it displayed too much private information and decided on its own what is and isn’t important. To this day, we still hear people groaning about having been switched to the new format and having to clean up their embarrassing past. But Facebook Timeline can’t be all bad, can it?
Rather than shun the new design, some schools are beginning to put Timeline to good use in the classroom. An Amsterdam-based school, 43 Gymnasium, has taken advantage of the popularity of Facebook among teens to “inspire a curriculum”. To teach about historical events, specially created pages allow students to create posts, discuss ideas, link media, and generate dialogue between fellow classmates.
At this particular school, the class focuses on four main subjects: Magellan’s voyages, 20th century inventions, Fashion history from 1950-present and the rise and fall of the Soviet Union. The pages not only focus on the content, but, using Timeline, are able to emphasize a clearer understanding of the chronology of events.
The class invites Facebook users to visit the pages and even contribute to the Timelines. The links, as well as additional information can be found in the video clip link below.