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Memes for Creative Formative Assessments in Schools

Creativity - Students demonstrate creative thinking, construct knowledge, and develop innovative products and processes using technology. Students will:
  • Apply existing knowledge to generate new ideas, products, or processes.
  • Create original works as a means of personal or group expression.
  • Use models and simulations to explore complex systems and issues.
  • Identify trends and forecast possibilities.

My students and I have used memes several times this year as a creative reflection connected to our learning experiences. Overall, it has been an engaging learning experience.

Here are a few tips based on our experiences:
  1. The students need to be reminded that the memes need to be about the content and concepts first. Some of my students were so focused on being witty or funny that the memes created did not connect well with our topics. 
  2. It is also important to emphasize design. Many of the world's viral memes are funny, but not all show great design. We talk about visual design before, during, and after the creation. Visual Hierarchy for Effective Design
  3. Students need to know that it is ok to search for sample memes and use these as a reference for their own creative ideas. Don't let them get lost in the search!
  4. Provide students with some templates that allow for creative design as a starting point.
    • Meme Templates (Folder with Google Drawings and Google Slides) I personally like to use slides with my students. You can use Google Image Search, a Slides Add-on like Unsplash, or the Explore button to find backgrounds. 
    • Google Drawing Meme Generator created by another educator in my PLN. This is a great tool! So simple and well done!
    • You can also find templates on Adobe Spark Posts website.
    • You can also start with PicMonkey. Make a Meme with PicMonkey

How would you use memes for creative student engagement?

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