Month: May 2015
I suppose that a good portion of the population is equally as captivated by kitten (and other animal) pictures on the internet as I am. Perhaps this is just wishful thinking, but come on! They are pretty adorable. Naturally, I chose this image from Pixabay.com to play with because it really resonated with my summer vibes.
I have posted a few images here, because they were just too fun not to share. As a former student of art history, I was immediately drawn to bighugelabs.com‘s feature “Hockneyizer.” The editor allows you to choose whether you want the polaroid frames or not. You can even use flickr images to write on the frames. I thought this image would work great in conjunction with thinglink.com as a presentation device. While you could use the plain image to embed different links, I think this kind of broken up collage-y visual would add an element of intrigue. The editor also allows the creator to pick how many frames they want the image to divide into, setting easy limits for research projects i.e. “Use the Hockneyizer and thinglink to present 5 interesting links about your topic.”
Anyone else feeling this way? I actually branched out and used the imgur.com meme creator here. It is a super easy and user-friendly tool. I think meme creation can be used for SO many school projects. Memes are fun and funny. Kids like them, adults like them, they are short, sweet, and to the point. Often they add an element of humor that can be missing from everyday classroom instruction. My first thought to integrate this into the curriculum was for each student to create a meme about a historical figure. They could be serious and sum up achievements, or humorous, potentially exposing lesser-known facts about the person pictured. I love the idea of digging deeper than the average history text to learn more about renown figures. To me, this kind of project lends itself to social justice oriented work (I’m thinking minorities, women, veterans, etc.).
I must confess, I have never been much of a designer. As a lover of art and student of art history, I can appreciate and enjoy great design. I can identify poor design (like most of us). But skillfully pulling together my own designs? Not my forte. That being said, I absolutely adore the book we are reading in my summer course (Production of Instructional Materials). We are using Presentation Zen Design (2nd Edition) by Garr Reynolds, who makes it incredibly simple to understand the nature of design, why we should use it, and how we can technically employ what the text is conveying.
A little insight from Chapters 1 & 2 that helped shape this blog:
- “When you’re trying to change the world, there is no excuse for being boring and there is no excuse for poorly designed visuals,” (p. 10). Yes! Thank you for this one statement to whip me into shape.
- Designing is essentially problem-solving. Your solution should be the clearest and most simple one available. This page keeps a simple line and tagline, with a typical blog style. The words are easy to read visually, and the layout uses clean lines to arrange posts chronologically. This follows the journey in a linear manner. Because these are the first few posts, this template seemed the strongest. As the course moves forward, I am considering shifting to a simpler, photo-driven layout that will link to posts.
- Typeface conveys personality and mood as much as the words that are written in it. Find one that is concise but attractive. Mixing typefaces can be visually confusing, so choose a few in a font family and play with those. I chose a template that mixes serif and san serif, but still creates clarity and harmony.
Reynolds, G. (2014). Presentation zen design: A simple visual approach to presenting in today’s world (2nd ed.). New Riders/Pearson.
Welcome to Chronicles of an Unlikely Librarian! This is my third semester in the school library program at ODU, and I could not be more excited to take on this fun, creative course this summer.
I call myself an unlikely librarian because academically and professionally, I have kind of been all over the place. I am quite passionate about so many things that don’t always translate smoothly into a career. I have a Bachelors in Art History, a Masters in Women’s and Gender Studies, and am now working on my MS in Education at ODU (with a school library endorsement). I have worked as: a home inspector, a nanny, a (vegetarian) deli meat slicers, an Americorps VISTA community media outreach specialist, a health research recruiter, a bartender, an accountant, and a preschool teacher. Somewhere through and between these positions, I realized that it was really important to me to teach kids how to understand the media they consume, and how to participate in the production of their culture by creating their own media. Thus, this loud, passionate, gypsy of a lady has started down the road of becoming a school librarian.
Thanks for stopping by, and I hope you accompany me on my journey!