Im in ur database, recording ur memez
Do you ever see students write weird things online and wonder what they are talking about? I’m assuming you have a basic understanding of txt/im shorthand, but you might also want to keep up with the Snowclones Database which will give you the key to unlock some of those catchphrases or patterns. They’re also fun patterns to use when communicating with your students and I think they play into the same part of the teacher’s brain that loves to make puns and sly references just to see which students will pick up on them.
If you want to cast your net a little wider and read up on a bunch of online culture, Wikipedia has a list of Internet phenomena… I feel like I should generally know what’s on this list too, just so I don’t accidentally walk into the computer lab with a virtual “kick me” sign on my back. And having this level of understanding also allows me to communicate with and understand my students in ways that are just not possible otherwise. Anyone have other sources for keeping up with the Zeitgeist?