The first article is from two Spanish teachers that are adopting photo taking challenges for their students to collaborate across continents. This challenge helps prepare students to get engaged in the words and it is something that the students will enjoy. The students can practice there Spanish words in a fun and effective method. These teacher empower collaboration in which students can provide feedback in their classmates Instagram post. Students can work together to develop a picture that will represent the word challenge. This type of activity gives the students the power to become creative in their activity. This will lead to new innovations where students can branch out to other people that speak that language. Instagram can help students in becoming better at what they are assigned in the classroom by getting engaged in the activity and learning from the outside word from their hashtags.
Instagram Scavenger Hunt
In the next article, Caitlyn Tucker writes about using Instagram with her students on a field trip to Chinatown. I have done this similar activity where I have my students post their exercise during a four day weekend. I provided this assignment as an extra credit to make sure my students stay active during this long weekend. It is a great way to have the students interact and challenge each other. I provided a hashtag for the students and it was a unique experience for the students because it made them want to do it again. The students have asked me to this assignment again and I think I will be doing it for spring break.
3 Ways Colleges Use Instagram
In this last article, "3 Ways Colleges Use Instagram" by Ryan Lytle, he explains that colleges and universities are using Instagram to ask questions, feed other social networks and encourage participation during major events. These ways are not only applicable to colleges and universities but also secondary schools. During this semester, I passed out a survey to determine how many students in my classes use Instagram as a form of social media and more than half of my students are using it. Instagram can be a great form of catching the student's interest in the classroom. "For college students, who are overloaded with social networks heavy on text, Instagram offers a visual alternative" (Lytle, 2012).
Instagram is appealing to the user because they can be checking their feeds every day, so why not have students work on projects through this amazing app. This can help motivate students that are sharing Instagram pictures to their followers. A school can benefit from Instagram to promote their programs and for the public to see the activities on the campus. It can also benefit classrooms by sharing pictures of what the students are doing in that particular time. Teachers can benefit from Instagram by posting assignments, updates, and announce important information on a particular issue or objective. Teachers can also provide students with extra credit by going to a museum and the student must include a picture and a hashtag on their Instagram page. This can be an effective way of providing evidence that the student did go to the museum. These usages are transforming instructions and engagement because it is making things more relevant for the students. These articles align with my beliefs about education because technology is evolving and educators must use these tools to engage students on activities and provide instructions in a method. Social media if used properly can lead to wonderful things in the classroom where students will want to learn and want to come to school.