Creating authentic and engaging lessons in our classrooms is something we all think about as educators. I know that I often reflect on how I can use things students are interested in to teach concepts. This is no different when it comes to visual literacy.


Social media has all of us consuming media differently than we did before it’s inception. In an Adweek article about the way human information consumption is changing they state that “Text was king in the early, primitive days of the Internet, and over time, it has become a more visual medium. It’s not just the Internet; verbal intelligence is on the decline and visual intelligence is increasing.”


So why not use some of the popular visual trends in social media in our teaching? In the Edutopia article Using Social Media to Teach Visual Literacy in the 21st-Century Classroom, they outline some great ideas for using popular internet modes of communication for teaching.

Emojis – using emojis as a tool for students to convey meaning in a story can be one fun activity. One way that many educators are doing this is by using the popular #BookSnaps idea. By snapping a picture of a page of a book and adding emojis, students are sharing their feelings or connections visually.



 Memes – Memes are almost their own language. So many of the most popular memes carry meanings that our students will not only understand but have the ability to apply to their learning. Having students create their own memes would be a wonderful way to have them show their understanding of a topic while having a lot of fun. In addition, using memes to relate to your students can also be powerful practice. Why not use memes for building classroom agreements? Using a visual medium that students can identify with will communicate that you value the things that interest them and help you build relationships.


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This week you will use Creative Commons image search to find an appropriate image to use in at least one of the classes you teach. They just enhanced their search engine last year so it’s a wonderful resource to consider sharing with your students.  Include this image in a blog post and share how you plan to use it in the classroom. 


This week:


  • Ensure that you have published week 1 & 2 blog posts
  • Ensure you have added the URL for posts to the gradesheet
  • Ensure you have commented on at least 2 other blog posts (from weeks 1 and 2) and added links to gradesheet)