Despair, Inc.

General Description

Despair, Inc is a fun tool for anyone. It is a website that allows anyone to produce posters in the format of the motivational posters. It is a parody motivator generator. They are known for their cynical and ironic “demotivator” items and have the option to purchase your own creations.

Pros/Affordances

  • a fun and engaging tool
  • quick and easy to use

Cons/Constraints

  • users could potentially get carried away with it

Final Recommendation

I think this is a great way to engage students. It is fun and easy. But why stop there?  I can see this being used to check understanding. For example, students could be asked to create a poster on Despair, Inc to showcase a central theme and then add a quote underneath it that depicts that theme.

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