A meme, defined by Urban Dictionary, is an idea, belief or belief system, or pattern of behavior that spreads throughout a culture either vertically by cultural inheritance (as by parents to children) or horizontally by cultural acquisition (as by peers, information media, and entertainment media).
Common memes you might recognize:
You get the idea now.
Anyway, I was reading my Flipboard this morning and saw this article on Imgur’s new meme generator. I started playing with it. Then I thought – I could use this in the classroom!
So I started Googling it.
Here is a post by the New Jersey Education Association that includes several helpful links about memes: Memes in the Classroom (njea.org)
Bottom line – I think I’m going to try it.
Here are a couple of meme generators if you want to play too (warning – it can be addicting!):
And – Here is a post in which John Wick uses memes to introduce Web 2.0 technologies, the use of Wikipedia in academics, copyright and Creative Commons, and photo-editing using free online tools.
My mind can’t help going everywhere with this! Perhaps my students might use them to summarize a text? Articulate themes? Analyze a character? My AVID Club could use them to advertise a fundraiser. To design their shirts. To motivate their peers. And so on! The possibilities are endless!
So…what could your students do?