“Great things are done by a series of small things brought together.” ~Vincent Van Gogh
Memes are images, videos, etc that has a message attached to it. Memes have been made popular on social media sites but they can also be popular in the classroom or in Professional Developments. Below are 5 ways you can use memes and how to make one.
- Create rules/procedures for your classroom, school or PD session using memes
- Have students create for a message they need to convey for any topic (Ex political or current event)
- Use them to teach digital citizenship. For example teaching students to recognize memes versus truths
- Have students create one for a character in a book they are reading
- Have students create motivational posters or create messages for PD sessions
I like using Make a Meme site because it’s free and simple. First decide what you are creating a meme for (what is your goal). Then follow these three easy steps”
- Create an account to login (FREE)
- Explore meme pictures or create your own based on your goal.
- To make mine above I used an app called bitemoji to make my avatar (that looks like me) and then uploaded it to the site.
- Add the text content and click create your meme
- Note you can make the meme private or public. I made mine private so only I can use it and it can not be found in the gallery.
Some memes can be inappropriate for students, so a level of supervision is recommended. We must remember to always remind our students of our digital citizenships expectations and that students under 13 need permission to use web tools based on the COPPA Law . Other sites you can create meme’s with are Google drawings, Know Your Meme and Meme Creator.
As always I would love to hear your ideas and thoughts on using memes in the classroom.