Posted by: Brent Warner
Open your Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or any other social media feed and you’ll be flooded with inspirational quotes and laugh-out-loud memes. We often think of these as throw-away bits of media, but we shouldn’t ignore how hugely popular they are when thinking of ways to hook our students.
In fact, the right quote or meme can stick with people for a lifetime, so what better way to work with our students to have them show their understanding of a topic than to create a shareable piece of media with the world?
Making Memes & Quotes
It’s easier now than ever to whip up a quick image with some text on it – no need to master photoshop or wait for clunky programs to load. Here I’ve provided a quick look at three sites that are free and require no logins:
Give Me the Quick and Dirty
Sure thing. In the video above I showed three resources – one super simple quote maker, one more robust quote maker, and one meme generator.
Quozio is probably the simplest and most straightforward way to make a simple quote on top of an image. Enter your quote and who said it, and click “go”. From there choose your style and everything is done for you.
Pablo was created by the fine folks at Buffer. In addition to putting in your quote, you can put in a mini sub-line, such as the name of the class or the book you’re referencing. You can also add a logo, which might be appropriate to share out projects coming from your school.
The Meme Generator:
I mentioned in the video that I do have some hesitation suggesting this site as they also post the most popular memes. Still, the Meme Generator from Imgflip does make it easy to put together a quick meme with the most popular images, which can be much more meaningful to your students, assuming you’ve vetted the site for the day.
How do I use Quotes and Memes in Class?
The visual appeal and quick summary nature of these resources make them a great way for students to showcase their understanding of class materials. Often, a quick and incisive line can show deeper understanding than a long drawn out summary. Of course it will be up to you as the teacher to figure out if your student’s work truly displays a deeper knowledge of the subject.
A few possible ideas:
- History – a quote that summarizes the mindset of the people in a given era
- Literature – a single line that captures the essence of the book or character
- Language – a proverb that gives insight into the people’s thought process
- Science – wordplay that shows understanding of how a process works
- Math – a punny meme
As you play with the concept and let it roll around in your head, I’m sure you’ll come up with great uses that match your students’ needs. Because of how fast and easy these are to create, you might consider them as supplemental options to your lessons, extra credit assignments, or you could use them as prompts to bigger projects.
In the comments below, let me know what you think about using memes and quotes in your class and how you can creatively utilize them with your students!