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Meme Generators in the classroom

Filed under: Uncategorized — mf at 9:58 am on Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Meme generators are websites or apps that compile text with images to create a funny and/or relatable statement to an audience.  The best memes that I found are for classroom management.  Classroom rules can be displayed in a funny way that students will actually notice and pay attention to.  Memes in this way can be used as ice breakers for students amongst one another at the beginning of the semester or at any given time between the teacher and the students.  Memes can also be used to convey the content or paraphrase material in a visual way.  This idea of meme creation to parallel or accompany material can be made into a project for students to create their own memes to assess student learning.  These creation is a skill that uses bloom’s higher order thinking because the student has to be able to really understand before making small decisions throughout the creation process.  Students have to understand the context, know the tone they are trying to convey, and send an appropriate message through that tone of voice or character in the meme.

Memes are also very popular amongst teacher groups to share in their daily woes and accomplish a sense of camaraderie.  img_5785meme-memecreator


Filed under: Uncategorized — mf at 9:45 am on Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Socrative –  This is a tool that is really similar and somewhat less competitive than that of Kahoot.  For this reason it may not be as interesting to students.  I also found it to be less user friendly than other assessment tools.  There are options for pre-made quizzes as well as games using multiple choice questions, true/ false, and short answer.  The data can be filed easily for user accessibility, but I haven’t had anyone take my quiz yet, so the ease of that is to be determined, but all of the links also show you how they can be used within the tool.  Students are able to type in the instructor’s room number code to access the quiz really quickly and answers can be shared or hidden depending on instructor preference.  I enjoyed this tool, but I think that it’s more boring for students than Kahoot in my personal opinion.

To access a Socrative quiz that belongs to another user, make sure that they have their share toggle switched on and that they give your their unique SOC number to that specific quiz.



Filed under: Uncategorized — mf at 9:03 am on Wednesday, November 30, 2016


The best three ways I have found screen shots used in the classroom is:

  • Formative Assessment usage by file sharing accomplishments / achievements (for the instructor)
  • Portfolio of student work filed (for parents or students upon completion of the course)
  • Using screenshots to support writing. This is used by using the screenshot as a tool for student recollection of his or her process.


How to put it into action:  

Macintosh computers – Command+Shift+3

Windows computers – Ctrl + Print/Scan and select the designated shot.

iPad  –  Home button + the power button at the same time.


Digital Story Telling

Filed under: Uncategorized — mf at 8:36 pm on Sunday, November 13, 2016
I wrote a book for my two dogs, Frank and Beans using Story Jumper.  This site is really user friendly and can be used at every age level.  There is only so much that can be done within it, but having guidelines for an assignment would make this project a lot more interesting.  I could see middle school and high school students feeling like this site is juvenile and that they are too old for this resource.  However,  I am 21 and was really impressed by all the cool props and sets that you could use on the free trial subscription within the site.
This site asks students to create something and therefor is guiding students toward higher order thinking skills, because after all students have to have the skills prior to being able to create and reflect on the material/ subject matter being discussed.  The site also has a “library” of books to choose from based on your interest that you can buy if you so choose, but have online access to.  You can also buy the rights to your own story books to be able to get them printed.  Overall a good resource and tool for younger students maybe elementary age.


The Teaching Palette Blog

Filed under: Uncategorized — mf at 3:40 pm on Sunday, November 13, 2016

Teacher blog comment Link blogging-3

Interactive Websites

Filed under: Uncategorized — mf at 3:34 pm on Sunday, November 13, 2016
  • Sensory Learning This includes a cute little lesson with visual aids.  It is then followed by a quick and easy Quiz.  This could be for a precursor anatomy lesson.  This could also be an adolescent age science lesson precursor.
  • Magic Tree House  This site encourages reading (especially good for younger students during school breaks).  It includes exploration that expands on the reading and young student imagination by links such as souvenirs and passports from past “trips” taken through the reading series.
  • Toporopa  This is a student lead learning experience based in world geography. When you finally win there is some random animal there to celebrate with you.
  • Virtual Sistine Chapel Experience murals and other things that are normally limited to two textbook angles.  Students get the opportunity to somewhat experience what spaces are like in a 3 dimensional sense courtesy of virtual reality experience programs such as this.
  • Virtual Piano I was able to play 2 Chain’s song “I’m different”  on the piano which is something that I’ve never been able to do before.  Reading music could be a thing of the past for people able to look past music being read as nonsensical words with this virtual piano site.

Education World’s tips for technology and class management

Filed under: Uncategorized — mf at 2:54 pm on Sunday, November 13, 2016

Original article  

  • Tech based lesson planned?  Run through the lesson before hand.  This is a tip that is common across all lesson plans. The more hiccups in the lesson, the more distractions there will be.
  • The importance of going over respect rules, this is important regarding lab classes where students can listen to music/ work at their own pace.  Rules and guidelines such as make sure technology is away when someone is speaking.
  • Print out copy of step by step directions to navigate longer assignments even in the technology lab.
  • Key stroke cheat codes on a wire ring are helpful at all ages because these rule vary widely between software programs.
  • Students should be rewarded for teaching the instructor technology ideas to further class direction.

Other than the harvested tips mentioned above,  I found the website very much outdated and lacking in real shortcuts.  The shortcuts article was posted in 2013, but still uses cheats that require print offs and lamination.  It is a do it yourself teachers site that gives tips regarding all k-12 subjects. I do like some of these concepts that may be in an attempt to bridge the technological divide for younger students, but I don’t think that these would be as applicable at the high school level.  Kids are being exposed to new forms of technology in the classroom at a younger age than ever before.  Kansas middle school students are being given chrome books to be able to lead their own learning experiences.  This is something that creates a factor of intimidation for older teachers.  I think this is partly to blame for this website still being referenced and relevant.  I found this site through Pinterest as tool for teachers in computer lab settings.

Look at that depth of field!

Filed under: Uncategorized — mf at 1:48 pm on Sunday, November 13, 2016



…and the black vignette framing!

How could you use burning and dodging to get this effect in the dark room?

Embedded Oil Technique Video

Filed under: Uncategorized — mf at 1:36 pm on Sunday, November 13, 2016

Online Survey – Survey Monkey: Design

Filed under: Uncategorized — mf at 1:17 pm on Sunday, November 13, 2016

I have a ten question survey for students in their first ever art course (Intro to art/ design/ drawing students) you can find it at Design Survey which is a customized survey created through Survey Monkey.

My experience in creating my own online survey was that Survey monkey isn’t as user friendly as that of Google Forms, but maybe it has more features and uses that expand more in the professional subscription.   It doesn’t explain what the different categories of questions really do.  For this reason I didn’t get as adventurous as I could have gotten, but there were plenty to explore given that I only made 10 questions.

Any one could use this tool in the classroom, but I could see it being easy for educators to create really boring surveys using this tool in the free mode.  It also has really bad celebrity and/or political joke questions in the suggested questions, so maybe not having students use this tool for any projects would be a good idea.  None of the suggested survey questions were very helpful or relevant either so I was kind of annoyed to have to hit skip every time.  Overall a cool free tool especially for companies that could use this on a wider scale.  online-surveymonkey

Video Creation – Texture

Filed under: Uncategorized — mf at 9:04 pm on Saturday, November 12, 2016

Texture Ceramics video

This is a slab building lesson demonstration for texture found within nature and added/ pressed into leather hard clay.  video-2

Texture Study Webquest

Filed under: Uncategorized — mf at 8:53 pm on Saturday, November 12, 2016

This Texture Study Webquest is categorized within Bloom’s Taxonomy of higher order thinking skills as  creating/ synthesizing/ evaluation.  After being presented the information on slab building, students are asked to create three slabs using two differing techniques.  The students are to discuss their reasoning for choosing their “emphasis technique” or the technique that they choose to make a second study of.  They are asked to justify their stylistic choices in critique as well in a written reflection to solidify their own personal style/ preference somewhat.webquest-2