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.
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.
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.