Welcome to our pre-Thanksgiving pop culture bash. Looking for something in the spirit of Thanksgiving? Something still rigorous? Something that could stop the tedium of the days before a holiday break? Look no further. Today we review blogs, articles and infographics with all of that in mind. Think about it as a mini Thanksgiving buffet.
What’s Cooking on Thanksgiving Infographic-The New York Times
Even though it’s from 2009, this infographic is still interesting commentary. It reviews the most searched Thanksgiving recipes and then provides state statistics.
Questions for Discussion:
- Identify the argument about the intersection of technology and Thanksgiving.
- Identify the argument made about location and food preference.
Restaurants on Thanksgiving: 14 million Expected to Dine Out this Year The Huffington Post
A short article with visual about the reasons behind dining out for Thanksgiving in 2011.
Questions for Classroom Discussion:
- Identify the argument(s) about modern Thanksgiving celebrations.
- What does this suggest about American culture and dining out?
- Does dining out change the Thanksgiving experience?
Note to Self: You may even want to use The New Yorker’s cover from this past week since it’s a Thanksgiving meal inside of a cafe.
QR codes are everywhere but I rarely see people actually pull out their phones and scan the black and white squares. Personally, I do it all the time. I need to know. It doesn’t matter if it’s product endorsements, MTV video clips or free coupons for money off Dove Soap bars, I need to know. Yes, I was that kid who would look for their Christmas gifts and/or try to unwrap them ahead of time. I need to know.
What peaks my interest (aside from figuring out what my gifts will be in the near future), is how QR codes are used in both popular culture and the classroom. The intersection between the two is immense. See the infographic above from one of our “favorites.”
This week we’ll do things a bit differently. Tuesday we’ll offer a brief tutorial about how/where to create QR codes and which apps to use. Wednesday we’ll offer up some articles that you can use to introduce a QR project or just employ as pieces that make insightful arguments about culture and technology. Thursday we’ll offer a practical classroom use. Friday, well, Friday we’ll be our humorous and engaging selves.
This week is just a taste of how you can use QR codes. We plan on taking a run at it again in 2012!
So here you go. To those of you who are already QR savvy, see if you can resist the temptation of scanning.