I chose to use Instagram for Module 5. I had an account briefly previously, but didn’t understand how this worked, so with a bit of a push I’ve been discovering Instagram.
The link to my account: https://www.instagram.com/jacquieh17/
Several of the accounts that I’m following based on recommendations included those that I already “like” on Facebook, which meant as a result I am seeing doubles of those accounts now as many have their Facebook and Instagram accounts linked. I looked at a couple of videos as to how to use Instagram. The first was instructing me on a few of the basics including sharing what I’m doing, but not oversharing. Also to not ask to have others follow you. It almost seemed to be a tutorial on how to be in with the popular crowd, not completely surprising considering there are other video clips on how to get a certain number of followers in a short amount of time. I understand how this concept resonates with the middle/high school and university crowd. In the generation of right now, they can quickly see what people are doing with a quick photo (which only shares so much of the real picture) and are most interested in the number of “likes” and “followers” that they have. It provides that instant gratification that so many are searching for.
I was struggling to see how this piece of social media could be used in my classroom. Fortunately I found a YouTube video for suggestions on using Instagram in the classroom. Although I’m not entirely sure how much I will adopt it for my grade 6/7 classroom next year, as I continue to learn the ins and outs of the app, it will help me make my decision.
For now, here are the suggestions on how to use it in the classroom:
Digital Storytelling – students could choose a picture and write a quick descriptive write, create a story, writing prompts, or do some research
Metaphors – take a photo then using the description area explain why that is a metaphor
Poetry – Teacher posts photos and students create poetry ex. haiku based on photo
Nature Identification – identify different types of clouds, flowers, insects etc
Math – geometry – photograph lines of symmetry, angles, different types of triangles etc
- create a word problem based on a photograph taken
Showcasing art work
Field trips – document the field trip; photo scavenger hunt
Social Studies – mapping (geo-location is installed in Instagram)
Communication – reading suggestions, reminders for tests
Health & Career – photograph foods that are considered nutritious; food journal;
Science – document change of something ex. an experiment
Instagram Original Post:
As Instagram doesn’t allow you to share someone else’s photo – I retweeted instead:
My response to a post from upperelementaryadventures on Instagram