I used the Facebook idea with my Grade 8 Drama class in building a character. They are all familiar with FB and its structure. I showed them an examplar and then asked them to create a "fake" facebook page either in their books or on a pages/word document on their computer. It was a great exercise. They ran with it and the results where fun and good at building their ideas about their character.
So I want I wanted to build on that with the Musical I am doing - BUGSY MALONE. I have set up a ning and will get the students to join as their characters. There is an opportunity to build a profile, add pictures and have conversations with other characters. We will see how it goes. If you would like to see how it is going click on this link http://crankinblackbox.ning.com/