The President of Social Media

The objective of this lesson is for students to recognize the positive and/or negative impact that photos or statements made on social media can have on themselves and the broader community.
When Barack Obama was reelected as President of the United States of America, he tweeted and posted a photo with a caption of “Four more years.” That picture became the most liked in Facebook history and most Retweeted in Twitter history.

Oxidation: Why You Should Never Blow Into Your Game Cartridges!

A scientific look at the common practice of blowing air into a video game cartridge, and the repercussions of this act in terms of corrosion and rust. Any individual playing a Nintendo, Sega, Gameboy, Nintendo 64, or any other video game system had blown air into a game cartridge once or twice in order to remove dust and make the game work on their system, but is this really the best way to treat your old games?

Watermark Mania! Hashtags and Social Media Marketing Campaigns

In this lesson, students learn about the different social media marketing strategies that television networks implement and discuss what their benefits might be. At the end of the lesson, students produce their own social media marketing campaigns for a specific television show in efforts to boost the network’s ratings.

Social networks have their throne on the Internet, but over the last couple of months, they have made their way to television screens everywhere. On popular shows such as Glee, The Voice, X Factor, and 106 & Park, the network staff includes a hashtag watermark (#AmericanIdol, #Glee, #TheVoice, #XFactor, etc.) on the lower sides of the screen to promote discussion about the shows on Twitter and other social networks. Also, the news and talk shows let viewers know that they have Facebook and Twitter pages that they can access.

Viscosity, Hydrogen Bonding, and Surface Tension in Puddle

In this lesson, students learn about viscosity, hydrogen bonding, and surface tension by examining a scenario based on the video game Puddle. In this game, players control a puddle of liquid and navigate an obstacle course by tilting the stage. A video of the game is used as an introduction to a diagram-aided discussion of viscosity (a physical principle that is important to Puddle gameplay) and its relationship to hydrogen bonding. The lesson closes with a fascinating water-droplet video that shows hydrogen bonding in action.

I Am Disease, I Am Legend

Students watch the movie I Am Legend to increase their understanding of disease, transmission methods, and immunity.

The Art of Graffiti: Creating Your Own Album Artwork

The objective of this lesson is for students to design original pieces of graffiti-inspired artwork and incorporate the principles of design into their art.

Graffiti began as an art movement that focused on social and political messages and has become an established genre of artistic expression. To some, it is an art form worthy of display in galleries and exhibitions. Graffiti art has a way of reflecting an artistic identity and message without having the problematic issues of branding.

Graffiti-inspired artwork has made its way into music. Many musicians, including Led Zeppelin, The Beastie Boys, Chris Brown, and Green Day, have used graffiti-inspired artwork for their album art.

The Hubris of Hip Hop

In this lesson, students will gain an understanding of hubris by examining its prevalence in hip hop culture. Students will pick a hip hop star and analyze her/his work, style, and public displays of grandiose behavior as a means to understand the term. In a 3-4 page essay, they will then compare their artist’s acts of hubris to a those of a literary character.

Note to teachers: Hubris is originally seen in Greek mythology when a mortal thinks he is better than the gods. This lesson would be particularly applicable when your class is doing a unit on mythology or reading The Odyssey, Mythology, or any books from the Oedipus Trilogy. This does not mean, however, that hubris is limited to mythology. This lesson plan would also be useful in understanding Shakespearean works as he regularly includes hubristic characters in his plays. This theme can also be used to analyze any text in which a character’s extreme pride and arrogance ultimately leads to her/his downfall.

Romeo and Juliet’s Current Status

In this lesson, students use their knowledge of Romeo and Juliet to create Facebook profiles for the play’s characters and compose tweets of quotes from the play in their modern language.