Ten Ideas for Using Instagram in the Classroom. I didn't understand the pull of Instagram the first time I heard about it.
To me, it sounded like a fancy app that would take regular pictures and make them look like they were crappy, old photographs. Eventually, though, I changed my mind. I saw the artistic side of the app and eventually began to see the social interaction. Instagram became another layer of sharing our world and telling our stories. After spending a few months using it, I see a powerful element that I had failed to understand before. And yet, for me, Instagram has done the opposite. So, with that in mind, I'm thinking of ten ways I might use Instagram with my students next year:
Teaching with Instagram. The proliferation of smart phones has led to the development of innumerable educational apps for all subjects and grade levels.
The problem is that students may not necessarily be interested in apps with high scholastic value, so it’s up to teachers to find didactive opportunities in the apps that students are interested in. image from iStock Facebook recently bought Instagram, the incredibly popular mobile photo sharing app, for nearly one billion dollars.
It had a user base of 30 million before it even released to Android™ in early April, so odds are good that your students know, love, and use Instagram on a regular basis. So how can you use it in the classroom? Art and photography classes have the most obvious applications—composition, lighting, subject matter. Do you have any ideas for using Instagram in the classroom? 10 Ways to Use Instagram in the Classroom. Move over, Facebook—if you teach middle or high schoolers, you know that Instagram is one of the most popular social media channels for teens and tweens today.
And while it may not seem like it at first, there are many applications for Instagram in the classroom. Of course, it's important to protect students' privacy, especially when using a public channel like Instagram. If you're interested in trying any of the ideas below, we recommend creating a classroom account that you set to "private" and carefully vetting any potential followers. You might also try adapting our suggestions to an educational social media platform such as Edmodo.
Finally, be sure to check your school's technology policies before you begin. Okay, disclaimer over! Picture This: 5 Ways Teachers Can Use Instagram in the Classroom. Extending on our post last month about why Instagram can have a place in the classroom, “Using Instagram in an Educational Context“, this week we delve into some specific approaches to leveraging this popular photo sharing app (or similar ones) in educational applications.
Instagram seems to be appropriately named since it has been an almost instant success since its debut in 2010. According to the company, 90 million people now use Instagram to upload 40 million photos a day. The appeal of the mobile app — and its corresponding website — is twofold. Not only does Instagram make it easy to share photos, it also comes with a bevy of effects that can be used to transform images. Today, teachers are starting to harness the versatility and popularity of Instagram by bringing it to the classroom. 1. Ask your students to snap photos and add captions based upon these or other themes: 2. 3. As a bonus, Instagram store photos indefinitely so you can use the visual instructions for years to come. How To Use Instagram In The Classroom. We’ve shared a lot of different ideas here on how to integrate different forms of social media in the classroom.
From Facebook to Twitter and Pinterest, there are a ton of educators out there who are harnessing their students’ existing interest and knowledge of these social media tools to engage them in learning activities in the classroom. The handy infographic below (Via: librariansonthefly.blogspot.com) shows a number of different ways to employ another popular social media tool in the classroom and library: Instagram. It does offer you more than just fun filters for your photos! Keep reading to learn more. Katie was a teacher, graduate student, and is now the lady who makes sure Edudemic is as useful as possible.