When I was a teenager, I had subscriptions to Vogue, Teen People, Sassy, and Seventeen.
My connection to information outside of my small town was filtered through the ads, celebrities and news that trickled down through the monthly publications. I watched a little TV, and my school showed us Channel One news once a week so I felt like I was informed about the big stuff.
My walls were adorned with photos torn from the magazines. Colorful collages of Leonardo Di Caprio and Jonathan Taylor Thomas smiled down at me while I took the quizzes and sniffed the perfume samples. Those quizzes were the best. They would tell you what you should be for halloween, what is your power color, and what type of dessert you would be based on your multiple choice answers.
I enjoyed some of the features so much, that I would rip them out each month and organize them into a notebook so that I could collect all the stuff that was the most relevant to my life at that time. I would snip out the little pictures and assemble them into collages and inspiration boards. I liked to collect and filter the things that were significant or pretty or informative. I would edit the magazine down to the essentials and throw the rest away, or pile them on a bookshelf.
Sometimes when I feel guilty about zoning out on my phone for 10-20 minutes, I think about how I used to read those dumb magazines. I laughed at the personal stories, scoured the beauty tips for life-changing makeup and hair solutions and fashion tips. Now, instead of magazines, I get all that content through Facebook, Pinterest, Flipboard, Snapchat, Instagram and Twitter.
The content I used to pay for, I now get for free....through photos, articles, recipes, and it is all personalized to my specific algorithm.
I follow the celebrities I want updates from. I follow feeds for new recipes I can take dumb quizzes whenever I want. The Huffington Post, Washington Post, Art Teacher support groups, professional development sites, cooking sites, even google and amazon use algorithms to predict what I might like.
Part of me loves that the internet is tailored to my specific content bubble.
But part of me is also a little worried that I might be missing out on content and information that other people are getting. When I google something, it might respond with a completely different set of query results than what you get when you google it. That's a little scary. (Here is a Ted talk about this)
When Facebook added the 'Save' feature, I found myself saving dozens of links. Most likely, these particular articles were filtered to me because they are the types of things that I generally click on.
I 'dog ear' the good stuff. Recipes. Videos. Photos. This collection of links is the equivalent to saving all the magazine articles I used to read as a kid. The best things that I have saved, have also been organized on Pinterest in the corresponding board or placed into a magazine on Flipboard so that I can return to the things that are significant or pretty or informative.
Some of the information is useful. Some of it is just junk food. Some of it is professional development.
This post started out really light hearted...but now I'm really thinking about what kind of information I get on a regular basis and how it changes my perception on the 'big stuff'.
Most likely, you don't get any 'art teacher' content on your newsfeed because it isn't relevant to you and your interests. The algorithms probably don't feed you the same things that they feed me, because you would be unlikely to click on the same things I would.
So I've compiled a dozen links in the hopes that the information in the articles below might bring us together some how. Just the way the internet is supposed to. Just like those teen magazines made me feel like I was getting personalized 'news' and information.
Here are a dozen of the best 'art teacher' links I've saved lately. And just for fun, I took some of those quizzes, like I used to take in Seventeen magazine...but now I just push a button and the site analyzes everything I've ever said or done and it puts all together and blamo---'I'm dry ginger' and my soul 'speaks the language of honesty'.
1. 10 Amazing drawing tricks.
2. 3 helpful ways teachers can work with a class clown.
3. 33 Fiber Art Ideas for Your Classroom
4. Geometric Tree Drawing Game
5. 30 Hilarious Jokes for Kids
6. Does your middle schooler stress you out? Here's Why.
7. The 3 reasons why you can't draw. And what to do about it.
8. How to talk to kids about their art.
9. Youtube Art Lessons for Kids
10. 7 Ways to Hit Your Stride in the Art Room
11. Using Zentangle in the Classroom. How it works.
12. Why Kids to day are out of shape, disrespectful and in charge.
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