Teach All The Memes!

Location: Room 216AB

Listen and learn

[Listen and learn : Lecture]

Tuesday, June 27, 1:15–2:15 pm
Location: Room 216AB

Nancye Blair Black   Laney Blair  
Memes are a pervasive, dynamic part of digital communication. Join this award-winning educator and student duo to learn what memes are, why they are powerful tools for both teaching and learning, and how to make three forms of image- and GIF-based memes. Includes resources and adaptable lesson ideas!

Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices required
Attendee device specification: Smartphone: Android, iOS, Windows
Laptop: PC, Chromebook, Mac
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Focus: Digital age teaching & learning
Topic: Literacies for the digital age
Grade level: PK-12
ISTE Standards: Students : Creative communicator
Teachers : Facilitate and inspire student learning and creativity
Additional detail: Student presentation

Digital tote resources

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

Memes are a pervasive, dynamic part of digital communication. Memes can be a powerful instructional tool, engaging students through humor and relevance. Through meme-creation learning activities, they can also empower students to share their own voices in class and in the digital world. This session features an award-winning educator and student duo who have used memes throughout their personal, professional, and educational lives. In fact, this student even has a strong following on social media platforms due in part to her creation of original pop culture based memes! Coming together, they will help educators to understand what memes are, why they are powerful tools for both teaching and learning, and how to make 3 forms of image- and gif-based memes. And all attendees will receive access to resources and adaptable lesson ideas that make it possible for them to start applying their new knowledge about memes right away!


What is a meme? (with polling activity);
Identifying popular memes (includes Kahoot game);
How memes progress over time (including meme timeline);
Uses for memes in education;
3 Demos for making image and gif-based memes

Supporting research

Presenter's related publications:
“Keys to Successful Elementary Technology Centers.” In: Find Your Path: Integrating Technology in the Elementary Classroom. Hamilton, B. Eugene: International Society for Technology in Education, 2015.
“Authentic Audiences: Overcoming the myth of ‘When I Grow Up.’” Creative Educator online magazine. San Diego: Tech4Learning, September 2012.
“Transforming Technology Integration for the New 21st Century Learner.” Principal magazine. Alexandria: National Association of Elementary School Principals, January/February 2012.

Other Supporting research:
“The Element” (Book) or “Ken Robinson Says Schools Kill Creativity” (TED Talk) http://www.ted.com/talks/ken_robinson_says_schools_kill_creativity.html – Sir Ken Robinson - Demonstrates the need go beyond rote, cookie cutter learning to tap into an transformed educational system that fundamentally values creativity and discovers potential.
“Drive” (Book) – Daniel H. Pink – Demonstrates the need to motivate students for lifelong learning and develop intrinsic motivation through heuristic tasks, which are engaged for the joy and task itself.
“It’s Elementary! Integrating Technology in the Primary Grades” (Book) – Boni Hamilton; “…the integration of technology with classroom content improves student achievement. Thoughtfully planned, such lessons engage students to a higher degree than traditional teaching and lead to the development of 21st-century skills such as complex thinking, creative problem solving, and collaboration.” (p.19)
“Study: Young Kids Better with Tech than Life Skills” (article) - Larry Magid - http://news.cnet.com/8301-19518_3-20029002-238.html - Study demonstrates the early technological potential of the digital generation.
“Return to Sender” (article) – Dan Gordon – http://thejournal.com/articles/2011/03/07/return-to-sender.aspx “The skills in high demand now are not exclusively reading, writing, and arithmetic. Magner's organization [Partnership for 21st Century Skills] says United States schools need to fuse the traditional three Rs with the four Cs--critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and creativity--while also making room for problem solving and innovation.”
“Framework for 21st Century Learning” by Partnership for 21st Century Skills, http://www.p21.org/overview/skills-framework
“Meaningful Learning with Technology” by Jane Howland, David Jonassen, and Rose Marra



Nancye Blair Black, EngagingEducation.net

Laney Blair, Harrison School for the Arts

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