The good,the bad and the ugly

The Good

I really enjoyed reading article “What does it all Meme” . I found it the lightest of the recommended readings this week. I liked the background info on various the meme “One does not simply.. ” It encouraged me to find out the background info on more popular memes. Check out this link which shows an update on where our favourite meme stars are today!

          Sammy the Success kid today Success



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Kay Oddone explains that the use of memes in the classroom can help engage students. I am personally not sure how my 7 year old students would respond to memes, they are not yet on social media so I am not sure they would find the humour in them. BUT a few of my awesome colleagues who teach grade 5, 6 and 8 are using memes in great ways around their room! My fellow colleague and friend, Eric Campbell, used memes this year to display his class expectations







The Bad

The next articles this week were not as light and fun as learning about the usage of memes. This week I learned about the app Yik Yak and the forum website 4chan. I was happy to discover that my school division has blocked 4chan from students using it at school.  Though I am unsure if students in my community are aware of this website anyways.  I did not want to ask of the students, because it might make them curious and I do not think it is a great website for students to check out.

It seems like there is definitely some funny and appropriate content on 4Chan but that it is very easy to find the inappropriate threads.  As I was reading the post about 4chan, I was constantly thinking “why would people post and share such horrible things”. Near the end of the article a section was titled “But why would anyone do that”. One of the reasoning was that 4chan gives people a place to vent and say rude things that may be on their mind in a acceptable (?) forum.

“I get a lot of e-mail messages from people who say thanks for giving them a place to vent, an outlet to say what they can’t say in real life with friends and work colleagues — things that they know are wrong, but they still want to say.” (Chris Poole, 2010 – 4chan founder)

I still do not fully understand why people would post such things.. but to each their own I suppose.

The Ugly 

Finally, the last thing I learned about this week was how some teens are self trolling themselves or bullying themselves for attention.  This was the most upsetting thing I have read all week.  My online use as a teen was so innocent. I used MSN almost daily for harmless chats with friends and boys.  In Grade 12 and the beginning of high school I started using Facebook. Facebook was a lot different in those days, I don’t think you could even comment on your friends individual pictures.

I am so sad to read that teens now a days are so obsessed with the amount of likes and comments they receive on social media that they would post fake comments from a “stranger”, who is actually them self, to then hope to receive compliments or support from their peers.

This phenomenon is known as cyber self-harm (Tanith Carey, 2016).

I admit, when I post on social media (Instragram or Facebook) it is always fun to receive likes and comments from my friends.  But it has gone too far if some teens are determining their self worth based on their popularity on social media.

What can we do as teacher to help change this? Or support students who are struggling or obsessed with their online identities?




The Snapchat takeover

This week’s readings focussed on teens in social media. Thr articles came to the same conclusions; teens are less likely to use social media sites like Facebook and Twitter and more likely to use messaging apps like iMessage, kik and the ever so popular Snapchat. I found the first article the most interesting because it listed suggested reasons why teens are leaving sites like Facebook. The first reason listed was teens don’t want older relatives seeing what they are up too on weekends. Facebook is widely used by adults 40 and above, I see this to be true in my own life as well. My parents do not have Facebook but most of my aunts and uncles do. I share on Facebook from time to time but share on Instagram and snapchat more regularly. I personally like that these social media outlets only post to my closest friends or a smaller audience.

I can see this being a concern for parents though, who hope they can see a small part of their teens life online but then they may be frustrated to find that their teens and tweets are not using the same social media sites.

The data in the following articles showed that teens are not abandoning social media they are just using different sites then older generations tend to use. Teens are definitely using social media…. A Lot! I enjoyed the read: How to  snapchat like teens, I could really relate to almost ever sentence of this article! I use snapchat a little bit. I maybe have 20 friends on the app and mostly only send messages and pictures to a few people on a regular basis. I could really relate to the older brother in this article.   I recently took my girls basketball team into Regina (we live in Moose Jaw) to watch a U of R Cougar game. Us coaches sat behind the girls st the game and we shocked at how the girls we constantly on snapchat!! They watched the game from time to time but they mostly sent selfies to each other and 50 other people while giggling and laughing alongside one another. Because I sitting behind a few of the girls, I got the honour of being in way too many of these snaps…

The girls knew I had the app and starting questioning me about how many “streaks”I had and wanted to know my longest. They were baffled when I said I had none!  One of the girls on my team had a snap score of almost 200 000 and she just chuckled when I showed her that mine was a couple thousand.

I agree that young kids are spending a lot of time on these new social media sites and they should be interacting with one another more.  But I feel that is just how our modern times will be. As educators we need to teach our students when social media is appropriate and how to post appropriately and politely.

Excuse my errors and lack of posting, I’ve done this quick reflection in the airport waiting for my flight to Mexico! 🙂





Introduction to Final Project

I was very happy with the flexibility for our final project in this class.  I was quite certain from day 1 that I wanted to use my major project to benefit my Grade 2 students.  I debated whether I would create a class facebook or instagram account, as I thought my students parent’s might appreciate this. I reflected upon my communication with my parents and decided I do a pretty good job updating my families with a weekly newsletter, frequent email updates and emailing pictures of their children learning that I thought I should choose something else besides these two social media sites.  I decided I would like to involve my students and get them active online so I have decided to start a class blog using Edublog.

I hope to use this classroom blog as a place to share our learning as a group, but I will also have my student blog individually through this site.  My goal will also be to connect with another primary classroom and set up our students as “blogging buddies”. I think my students will love knowing that they are not only posting for their teacher and parents, but that they are posting for a larger audience as well.

My first steps in this project will be to set up the blog and inform my students parents. I need to do more research about what I can post in regards to names and pictures. I think I have a good idea of how to keep my students identity safe, but I will do the research to double check.

I look forward to this experience and I will be reflecting upon my experiences with this class blog weekly!