Blackout Poetry Gamification

This Friday, I am introducing students to Blackout Poetry. Blackout Poetry is when a personĀ rearranges words to create a different meaning. Also known as newspaper blackout poetry, the author uses a permanent marker to cross out or eliminate whatever words or images he sees as unnecessary or irrelevant to the effect he’s seeking to create. The central idea is to devise a completely new text from previously published words and images, which the reader is free to interpret as he wishes. I started working on a digital version of this last year using Apps like Skitch, Pic Collage, Google Drawings … Continue reading Blackout Poetry Gamification

Post what makes a hero

I was putting together some Plickers ideas when I was looking over some notes from Paul Solarz Learn Like a Pirate book. I love it when students create their own assessments and reflections and what I wanted to do was create something fun with my Comics in the Classroom and take advantage of not only wearable technology but also with social networks and teaching good digital citizenship. 1. Have students create one question each on what makes their favorite hero a hero. Have them turn in their questions to the teacher. 2. Have the teacher make up a Plickers assessment … Continue reading Post what makes a hero

Straying into Redacted Writing

Greetings All, If you have been tracking my twitter and pinterest feeds lately, you’ve noticed I’ve been doing a lot of Blackout Poetry. What is Blackout Poetry you ask? author, cartoonist and web designer Austin Kleon, who hit on the technique to overcome a severe case of writer’s block. Working with discarded copies of “The New York Times,” Kleon viewed the results as little more than an inspired writing exercise as he stated in a June 2010 interview with Austin University’s student newspaper, “The Daily Texan.” Popular response to the blackout poems that he posted on his blog led to … Continue reading Straying into Redacted Writing