Dead Poets Society


This week I chose I design assignment from the DS106 Assignment Bank.  I landed on Design Assignment 1974: Favorite Movie Quote.  This assignment asked the creator to choose a favorite movie quote and insert the quote over an image from the movie.

I chose Dead Poets Society for a few reasons:

  1. It is an amazing movie.
  2. It goes along with the teaching theme.
  3. The quote could be used in a classroom.


First I used  to search for an image that allowed for modifications. Once I found an image that made sense I saved it to my desktop. Next, I had to think outside of the box on how to edit the image and add text. Most of these assignments I have been doing on my iPhone with different apps because I don’t have Photoshop on my desktop, but I decided to challenge myself to use my desktop-I figured it’s getting to the end of class I should be able to figure this out! I remembered that Lisa had mentioned something about PowerPoint being a good resource for editing, so I decided to try it out. From there it was pretty simple. I opened PowerPoint and pasted my chosen photo into a slide. Next I played around with the text features to get a look I liked. Finally, I added a border to the image to make it look a bit more like a poster.  I’m really happy with the result and I feel like I was able to make it my own-I know this is a popular movie so there are similar images found on the internet.


I really think this is an assignment I could adapt to use in the classroom. I’m picturing students doing a similar creation for one of their favorite books. It would give me insight into what they like to read and why, while allowing them to be creative.


History All Around

For this week’s DS106 Design Assignment I chose What Are You Missing Nearby. I picked this particular assignment because it felt like something I could realistically use in an elementary school classroom. To complete the assignment I had to find at lest four places to visit nearby. I’m currently living in Boston, and I love teaching history/social studies, so I chose four historical locations in and around Boston. Finding historical sites around Boston was definitely the easy part-we have a few to choose from. I think the great part about this assignment is you could put many different parameters around it to relate it to a lesson in class. For example, you could have students choose from sites right in their own town, or in their state, and then from there they could research the one location that they were really drawn to. We recently did state projects with my 4th graders and they could have designed something like this instead of listing places of interest on a display board. I think they would be excited about a design challenge like this.

My Design:


In order to create this design I used Flickr and Fotor. I had used Flickr in the past but this was my first time using Fotor, and I was really happy with how user friendly it was. Specifically I used the collage option to create a collage of pictures, and title them.

Fotor Collage

I would definitely use Fotor again, and I could see using it in the classroom as well.