Class 1: History Teacher’s Meme Smackdown

Here’s the flow of our first class  – a chance to get to know more about the course and try our hand at our first two tech tools.

  1. This our first class  … so …  why not solve a Murder Mystery! (It’s how I opened my high school classes for years). Find mysteries here.
  2. Peter will offer a  quick demo of AdobeSpark Post –  a great tool for creating striking title slides with public domain content.  See video below for more. Remember to size your graphic to 640 x480 pixels.
  3. Students will get a quick overview of WordPress and be pointed to our YouTube playlist.
  4. Next, we’ll discuss their vision of the “history teacher.” They will be invited to turn those ideas into memes using AdobeSpark Post
  5. While students are working, Peter will get each student logged into our WordPress account.
  6. We’ll have a meme smackdown and reflect on the activity and how the classroom workflow was designed and managed.

Assignment 1 / Completed work

Task 1: For your first blog post write an elaboration / explanation of your meme. The post is due by midnight Friday Aug 31st.

Students should be sure their post includes a featured image (meme) made using  AdobeSpark. Use your meme from class or make a new one.

Here’s some post prompts – feel free to use one or more for inspiration.

How the meme reflects …

  • What you see as your “models” for history teacher.
  • The challenges or opportunities of teaching history.
  • How were you taught history? Is that how you intend to teach?

Task 2: Introduction to Historical Thinking

All student will:


Image credit: Adobe Spark

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