I know that I have written about this topic before but in an age where our culture seems self-absorbed and folks are constantly posting some sort of Selfie to social media, I think I can get away with writing about it again.
Everybody is making Selfies these days.
Have you noticed?
One of the hot Christmas items this past year was a Selfie stick.
I tried to make a Selfie once to show off my new haircut and it took me at least a half-dozen shots to get one that wouldn’t be featured in one of those spoofs called Selfie-Gone-Wrong.
My daughter has told me that at one time she tried to make a photo using her cell phone only to learn that it was full. Wah-wah-wah. What?
Upon checking, she saw that it was indeed full – mostly of Selfies made by her oldest daughter who is now nine-years-old.
One of Lillie’s many Selfies
When she scolded Lillie about taking so many photos using Mama’s phone, she suggested that this little photographer use her own tablet or iPod to make Selfies.
Lillie Selfie Collage
That was when she learned that Lillie had already filled up her own tablet and iPod by making Selfies and video tutorials about styling her My Little Pony’s hair or something like that. Yep, on her own, my nine-year-old granddaughter creates tutorials about things which seem important for others to know. I hope her teacher has made a note of this and uses the concept to encourage learning by creating picture or video tutorials with the third-graders in her class.
Lydia’s Selfie Collage
Selfie making is not limited to the eight-year-old granddaughter. The soon-to-be-seven-year-old has to get some practice in, too. And notice that she is photo-bombed by the nine-year-old in the photo at top right (who is probably tutoring her on her technique) and the cute little (at-the-time-six-month-old) sister is photo-bombing and doesn’t even realize it, yet.
Luci’s Selfie (along with Mama and Lydia)
So, we better get her in on the act, too. We wouldn’t want her to miss out on such an important part of popular culture these days.
Harris and GrandB’s Selfie
Their cousin is an accomplished member of the Selfie crowd and we had to share the limelight in order to send out a photo of his bruise earned climbing on something. Pretty impressive, huh?
Harris’s Solo Selfie
He thought he’d better get one all by himself without sharing the limelight…just for posterity’s sake.
Levi’s Selfie Mock-Up
Not to be outdone, one of the other grandsons had to show off his skills, too. (This one is not really a Selfie but I thought it looked like one!)
Girls Group Selfie
*Note: All the previous selfies are about a year old. I wouldn’t want to mislead folks.
Don’t forget that there is also a time when it is important to make a group Selfie as well. (Notice the silly kissy face that the eldest grandchild is making in the group Selfie above. I hope her mother discourages such silliness in future Selfies!)
I was watching television during my snow days last year and even took in some of the commercials because I wasn’t watching a DVR version that I could forward through the commercials. One commercial was featuring that talk-show host, Ellen, had broken the Internet by using Twitter with her Selfie at the Oscars a couple of years ago.
That started me thinking…
What is it about our culture that has developed such a climate that we constantly take photos of ourselves?
Are we so self-centric that we cannot find another subject interesting enough to focus our eyes upon?
Obviously, I am not the only one who has considered this phenomenon.
Others are probably more intrigued by this concept than even I am.
It seems that folks of every age and every walk of life are into Selfies these days.
Are we so wrapped up in ourselves and what we are doing that we are ignoring the world around us?
So, what is it about using our mobile devices to make photos of ourselves that appeals to people so much?
I cannot for the life of me figure it out.
I can figure out a way to make it work for me, though. Why couldn’t we encourage students to look for other classic artworks like those featured on my source website? Here is how I see the lesson playing out in a social studies class but I wouldn’t limit myself to that content area because I think it would work for any subject area…
- Teacher asks students to create a definition of Selfie and post it to Socrative.com or into a Google Form. Then, asks students to consider one another’s definition and vote for the best one or to combine and collaborate their definitions to come up with the world’s best definition.
- Next, students should be assigned into groups of three or partners. Ask students to create a Selfie of their group, create a slide by adding it to a collaborative class Google Slide collection, add their group Selfie and label each team member. (Later they will add another link to the collection created as they research and learn more about a topic.)
- Groups could choose (or be assigned) a topic relating to a current study or set of standards. An example might be: Harriet Tubman, William Lloyd Garrison, Frederick Douglass, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Francis Wright, Elihu Embree, John Brown, Daniel Webster, John C. Calhoun, Stephen Douglas, Abraham Lincoln, Ulysses S. Grant, Jefferson Davis, Robert E. Lee, Stonewall Jackson, David Farragut, Nathan Bedford Forrest, William Brownlow, Sam Watkins, and Sam Davis. (All these names are listed in standards focusing upon southern slavery and The Civil War for 8th grade social studies.)
- Each group would be responsible for creating a series of Selfies which their assigned person of historical prominence might have posted and explain the significance of their post and its relationship to: the impact of the abolitionist movement; the Compromise of 1850; The Civil War; famous speeches of the era; the conditions of southern slavery; and political impacts of legislation during the early 1800s.
- Students might create their own collection of Google Slides featuring their Selfies and explanations or they could create an infographic using Piktochart or Easel.ly or maybe just a simple Google Document with the Selfies and explanations. The group would add a link to their collection onto their Selfie page in the class collaborative.
- After the Selfie collections are completed, students might participate in a Gallery Walk or a Science Fair type share session and provide one another with stars and wishes as feedback. (Stars would indicate ways each group’s collection shines and wishes would indicate suggestions for revision or improvement.) Students could make revisions based upon feedback before they submit their collection for an official class grade.
- Finally, students could create a reflective document, collaborative table/three-column-chart, or blog post outlining what they learned and what they think they might need to know more about.
I’m not necessarily an advocate for encoouraging a lot of things that take place in our culture which focus on self-centered behavior. However, why not use what is popular and what is iconic in our favor as a learning tool?
P.S. You might want to look at my source links below the artistic renderings for other entertaining ‘Selfies’ and information. You also might want to check back for another edition of Selfies in tomorrow’s post.