Monthly Archives: April 2015

Students have fun creating a meme

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by Steve Lyle, language arts teacher, West High School, Davenport, Iowa

I’m a creative type, but it’s hard to think of creative classroom projects when I’m pushed for time. That’s why I like networking with colleagues on Twitter. I follow a handful of the best teachers in my field, such as Catlin Tucker for teaching a blended English classroom, and Chris Snyder for the latest ideas about communicating on the web. Once I get that great idea, I can’t wait to try it out and then to apply it in my classroom. The key factors are keeping it simple and fun.

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For example, Ms. Tucker recently explained how she had her students create a meme for their area of study.  She excels at explaining each step of the process that uses an advanced Google search and Google Drawing.

Light bulb flash!  I read Facebook memes everyday–I even have published some of own–but I never considered having my students do it. Wouldn’t it be fun for them to sum up an important point from “To Kill a Mockingbird” using a meme?  My students loved doing the assignment and sharing them.

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My lesson? To find time to see how others are applying new ideas with the tech tools now available. I’ve been busy this year now that all my students have a Chromebook in class. I am working hard to find additional online resources and projects for my students.

And spreading the word.

 

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