I was subbing for our film studies class that was watching the end of Singing in the Rain. When the film ended sooner than the teacher anticipated, I was trying my best summon my inner tech nerd I am and find a cool way to get feedback from the students. I can’t tell you how many Google Forms I’ve created and pushed out in the last year, but I wanted something more creative.
I decided to give them an image to create a meme. As I was in the process of projecting the image, the teacher walked in and said, “Use the meme to tell what you thought about the movie.” We didn’t get too many responses, but the one here was the overall consensus winner.
It got me thinking a little more about using this in other classes, and how a teacher could easily have students do this in any classroom without a lot of setup work, and limiting how much time students spend looking for images. If the teacher puts 4-5 images into a Google folder and shares it with their students; the students have a variety to choose from and can get to work on the meme much sooner.
If students are struggling to create their meme, encourage them to write down some of the key ideas, terms, and content that was covered in the lesson. This reflection will do much more than simply help students put a caption on a picture, it will help them walk through the material and evaluate what they learned throughout that lesson.
After they have time to reflect, they can choose one of the images and create their meme in Google Slides, Keynote, Canva, Adobe Post, PowerPoint, etc… Once the meme is created, the teacher should have a plan for submissions. It would probably be best if all of the memes were submitted in the same format (.jpg) so it’s easier on the teacher to go through the submissions quickly – especially if they are being shown to the class.
One great way to collect these and expand the students’ audience would be using a Padlet wall where students could post comments on each other’s memes as a form of peer review. Richard Byrne demonstrates how to enable commenting on Padlet walls in his blog post. See Richard Byrne’s post at Free Technology For Teachers