Now I didn’t know where to go with Media Skills– I did Screenr and it turned out awesome last session when showing how to use the databases and catalog. I’m generally annoyed with animated GIFs, especially on Goodreads, so while I thought I wanted to go there– I didn’t. Then I realized I’m an obsessive pinner and I enjoy a good quote set on a beautiful and inspiring background as much as the next gal, so I set to creating my own. It was generally easy because I always feed my “quotes” on Goodreads from lines from books that touched/inspired/affected me, then I used both Quozio and LiveLuvCreate to make a few and then pinned them to my Quotes board. Can you tell which ones are from me? Exactly! They look so polished and perfect.
Last year I ran a month-long display of favorite quotes and asked students to submit them via a Google form and I had some of my favorites (there are many pins and display ideas that talk about first lines or last lines too). I figured this will give this display new life and create a contest where students submit their favorite book quotes in this format (and I can see this totally being used in classrooms). It really does make anyone stop and think about what they want to portray when they’ve got words. What more powerful? A black background and vivid and bold white print? A vintage photo with flowery font? You could have some great conversations about advertisements and how they affect consumers. So check out my Quotes board and tell me whether I’ve got a future at Bartlett’s!