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Students Love Memes....and I Meme it!

Stickers, I fear, are rapidly becoming an archaic remnant from the instructional past.  As classrooms turn towards 1-1 computers with digitized projects and assignments, we've lost opportunities to adhere colorful little circles of support on student work. 

What is a Meme?
An internet meme is essentially a piece of digital media (often a well known picture or animated picture) that spreads from person to person via the Internet and is typically humorous in nature.

If you've ever tried the the review game Quizzizz or spent ANY time lurking around the social media sites that are popular with students, you know that the iGen set LOVES Memes! (Quizzizz is a review game similar to Quizlet Live or Kahoot that challenges students to answer questions and rewards their success/or chides the lack thereof, with clever memes)

Here are Some Memes that I Created:
So Here's an Idea!!!  (I Probably Deserve a Sticker for This...)

What I have found is that student submissions that occur digitally, don't get the impact of personalization that a sticker and/or handwritten notes used to provide, so I started uploading digital memes in the form of feedback onto digital assignments (with the requisite corny pun) and my students LOVE them.

There are MANY meme-making sites that you can use.  I used ImageChef and Canva for the ones I created.  

Once my arsenal of memes was built, I simply reviewed student work that was submitted on Google Classroom and adhered (inserted) a meme image right onto the document along with my grading rubric, comments, etc.

.....and next time we did a digital assignment....THEY ASKED IF I WAS DOING MEMES AGAIN!!!

It's obvious who'd been

3D Design for ANY Learner!

Being an advocate of STEM, Makerspaces 3D design and ANYTHING digital, this year I decided to collaborate with a good friend to bring STEM experiences to learners with a variety of abilities.

This project was designed as a holiday gift initiative, and brought together an interdisciplinary experience that allowed students to engage in a STEM experience with 3D printing and making holiday treats!

Here's How We Did It!!

  • Locate small holiday designs...bells, stars, stockings, etc.  
Holiday Clipart

  • Print the designs.  Make them approximately 3 x 3
  • Take a CLEAR ziplock baggie, lay it over the design and trace the outline ONLY
Cookie Cutters

  • Log into Thingiverse with FREE MakerBot Account
  • Open Cookie Cutter Customizer 
  •  (Option #2:  Cookie Caster:
  • TAPE the ziplock baggie onto the computer screen.  This allows student to follow the pattern of the mouse to trace their design within the constraints of the box on the screen.  (Designs cannot be effectively scaled and traced by laying them under the mouse.)

  • Click ‘Create Thing’. Name the File.
  • Item's will appear in your queue where you can download and convert to a file type that is compatible with the printer that you are using
Dremel 3D40 in the classroom

----Click here for a Google Document with Directions

3D Design for ALL levels of learners while

You Gotta Keep 'em Pixelated

Pixelation seems to be en vogue with the iGeneration, no doubt due in part to the MineCraft CRAZE that missed few of the middle-schoolers that I now teach.

Capitalizing on the pixelation fascination and the abundance of time and energy that my study hall students have as we roll into the holidays, we decided to create some post-it pixelart!

Here's How We Did It!

(in about 60 minutes!)

1.  Download Sandbox Coloring App

What is the Sandbox App?  The FREE Sandbox Coloring App (a craze in and of itself that is making its way through the school).  This app has images that are numbered to allow the user to tap a color and then tap the corresponding numbered space and apply that color to the space.  It's essentially a pixelated color by number app.  

The sandbox app is a PERFECT road map for post-it note mosaics!

2.  Search for a Potential Image 

Next I tried to find an image with a LIMITED variety of colors.  I knew I'd be shopping for post-its.  I didn't want to put myself in a position to buy a crazy variety of colors so this image below worked for me; FOUR colors.  Perfect!!!

3.  Shop for Post-It Colors (or CUT OUT colors in 3x3 squares with paper)

Here are the colors I purchased for my mosaic:
  • 2 packages of A World of Color:  Marakeesh  (The RED is color #2 in the mosaic) 
  • 1 package of A World of Color:  Miami (There are two PINKS colors #1 and #3 in the mosaic. 
  • 1 package of White Post-Its (For #4 and the blank spaces)

4.  Plan Your Space

I'd like to say that I spent a substantial amount of time planning and measuring to calculate the required space, but truth be told....I didn't. 😲 

Using the image in the sandbox app, I counted the number of squares across the HEIGHT and WIDTH of the picture and counted by 3 inch squares across my available space to determine if I'd have enough room.

5.  Recruit Help!!

I then assigned students numbers (1 - 4) and gave them the corresponding post-it color.  The students and I worked together to place and line up the post-its using the Sandbox Grid as our guide.

We worked in a pretty efficient turn-taking fashion until the students were confident enough to take over on their own.

6.  Stand back....waaaaay back...and admire!

Deck the halls with 5 pads of post-its

Other GREAT Post-It Mosaic making tools/templates: