Collaborative Meme Template in Google Slides
Who doesn’t love a meme? Memes can be creative critical thinking (of course, it depends on the effort the student puts into it); 2 of the 4 C’s. To write a really clever meme the student would have to understand the concept. Previously I blogged on how to create an educational meme in a Google Drawing.
The 4 C’sWhen creating an assignment for students consider “Does this have at least one C?”
- Critical Thinking (at least DOK 2)
- Clearly Communicate Ideas
- Creative Thinking
Meme the C’s
Using this template you have the potential to hit all 4 C’s.
This is a single Google Slides for all students to contribute their meme. Share the Google Slides with edit access to allow all students to add a slide and insert their meme. This by itself does NOT cover collaboration. Ever watch 2 year olds play? They play near each other but not necessarily with each other. Just having students put their work on a collaborative Google Slides is like 2 year olds playing; not collaboration. How are students providing feedback, encouraging fellow classmates, making connections with their memes, and generally helping each other to be better?
After adding their meme to the Slides template students should add feedback comments to the slides of peers. Comments are an opportunity for students to demonstrate their understanding of the concept. By reviewing peer memes this is an opportunity to further review the concepts and to develop deeper understanding of the concept.
Each meme should be considered a first draft. Using the feedback from peers and the teacher, students would update their meme (or start completely over). Using the tiny arrow next to the add a slide button, students can add a layout to indicate an updated draft. If you would like to customize how the layout options look go to the View menu and choose “Master.”
Creating a meme is not automatically critical thinking. Teaching students critical thinking can require feedback and students responding to the feedback, updating their work.
If every student is submitting the same thing it is not creative thinking, and probably not critical thinking. Asking students to create a meme that demonstrates their understanding of a concept will require some creative thinking to choose an image that not only connects with a concept but to come up with a phrase that is a clever way to look at the concept.
Clearly Communicate Ideas
Creating the meme does not tell the whole story about the student’s understanding. Students will use the text box on the slide template to explain why the meme is funny/clever/connects to the concept.
Add Your Meme
If you (or even better your students) create an EduMeme and would like to add it to my sample Google Slides please use THIS LINK.
How does your current lesson/assignment reflect the students you currently have? Does it reflect the interest of the students on this years roster? What is hot in popular culture that you can capture for learning? If your students are into sharing meme’s, let them share meme’s about your math class!
Facebook, Twitter, Instagram…. people love to share meme’s. Meme’s can be a fun way for students to demonstrate their understanding of a concept.
This chemistry cat meme was created on memegenerator.net. However, the first sample meme I see on this site is the Dos Equis man and I would prefer my students not be exposed to that.
Creating a meme on Google Draw is easy! Have students demonstrate their learning with a clever meme.
You can distribute the above template out to students through Google Classroom or your website. Alternatively, students can create them from scratch themselves.
A Google Drawing can be created by going to Google Drive, clicking on “New” and choosing “Drawing” from the “More” menu. Students can also get there directly by going to drawings.google.com. Google Classroom users, clicking on “Open” in an assignment and choosing “Create” allows the student to create their meme right in Google Classroom.
In the template I have defaulted the canvas size to 400 pixels by 400 pixels. A pixel is a unit of measurement for the computer. Your cursor width is 1 pixel. A page width is about 800 pixels.
Use the File menu to choose “Page setup.”
Change from “Standard 4:3” to “Custom.”
I prefer to switch my units from inches to pixels.
You want your meme to be square. Try 400 pixels by 400 pixels.
Your entire drawing canvas should be covered by a picture. This is a good opportunity to have a digital citizenship lesson with students about using pictures they do not own. By default, any picture is under copyright. If you take a picture on your phone. You own the copyright of that picture. If I post my picture to my website, that does NOT give anyone else permission to use that picture. Just because it is on the Internet does not mean it is free. Students should use their own photos, photos under a creative commons license (and give credit!), or public domain photos.
Try photosforclass.com as a source of images for the meme. Pixabay has thousands of public domain photos. The Library of Congress has some wonderful images that students can use for their memes.
Use the Insert menu in Google Drawing to insert the picture. If you downloaded the picture, drag it onto the canvas or insert it using the insert image option.
The second option when inserting an image
Create a text box on top of the image on the drawing canvas. Choose a font that is thick and bold. You want the text to contrast well with the background image.
Tip, after creating the text box, duplicate the text box and change the color. Align the new text box over the original text box. Hold down the shift key and use the arrows to nudge the top text box so it is slightly off. This creates a shadow effect.
Link to my Google Drawing: https://goo.gl/r1NQ5N
Use the File menu to “Download as” a PNG image.
There are a lot of great ways to share memes. One way is to create a collaborative Google Slides presentation and have each student add their meme to a slide.Copyright secured by Digiprove © 2016