Remember all those complaints a year ago about Facebook’s then new timeline feature? Apparently the haters didn’t see the educational potential that one Dutch high school did.
Students at Amsterdam School’s 4e Gymnasium class are using Facebook’s timeline to make historical events like the rise and fall of the Soviet Union and Magellan’s Voyage easier to imagine and, frankly, more exciting.
Class groups took on one of the historical topics, which also included fashion from 1950 to the present and major historical inventions, and started a Facebook page for it. They uploaded images and videos, wrote status updates and left comments.
And they invited the rest of the world to participate.
I’m skeptical of how technology in the classroom gets oversold. Especially when it’s basically amounts to digitizing textbooks and throwing in a few links. But working on history with Facebook’s Timeline is really cool, I think. And the way some events overlap with others (1950s fashion, rise of the Soviet Union, major inventions, for example), it’s a cool way to see how one influence the other and vice versa.
Here’s a video [via Mashable] the students made about their project. I hope Khrushchev accepts my friend request. I love socialist networking!