by Katerina Dimov
What is Instagram?
For those of you who have yet to join the gram, Instagram is a social media platform that allows users to share photographs and videos. Users can create, edit, and connect with their followers through liking, commenting, and sharing visuals. Instagram allows people to connect with family and friends.
Students are already familiar with the platform. As Pew Research Center indicates, Instagram is one of the most popular social media platforms that are used by younger populations. Furthermore, Instagram can provide teachers with an effective teaching tool to implement within the classroom setting. Using Instagram, teachers can further student engagement beyond the classroom environment in a friendly less formal and more familiar way.
5 Ways to use Instagram in the Classroom
1. Teachers can Connect with Other Teachers
Instagram offers teachers a platform to share ideas, images, and information with one another. This allows for teachers to connect with other teachers outside of their home schools. This can offer teachers great insight and ideas for their own teachings.
Below is a list of a few Teacher Instagram Profiles to take a look at:
2. Provides Support for Teachers
There are many educational profiles on Instagram that share not only images but relevant information that teachers can use in their lesson plans. There is an option to save images, videos, and profiles of those you follow and other public profiles. By saving educational content and ideas from Instagram teaches are able to access and archive further resources for their classroom.
Blow is a list of a few Educational Profiles on Instagram that may provide teachers with additional support and information:
3. Create a Class Instagram Account
Teachers can create their own private Instagram account that their students and students’ parents can follow. Teachers can showcase student work, post reminders, and other educational content which will allow students to stay connected and updated with what is going on in their classroom and courses.
4. Student Portfolio Profiles
Students can create private profiles display their own work throughout the course of the school year. Teachers can connect with students and use this Instagram portfolio as a from of assessment. Additionally, students can use their Instagram Portfolio Profile as a digital tool to display cumulating task or other assignments that are also assigned throughout the year.
Examples outlined below:
Photography Course – Private Instagram Profiles can be created by students to display all the work done throughout photography course.
@cocu_liu is a great example of a professional photographer who uses the Instagram platform to display his work.
English Course – Students can create a visual essay by uploading several images onto their Instagram post.
School of Visual Arts student Chemin Hsiao created a short visual essay on the COVID-19 experience.
5. Use Instagram Live
Instagram Live can offer teachers another opportunity to connect with their students. Instagram Live allows the creator of the live to see who is logged in and watching them, comments can also be made by the viewers while viewing the live video. The video can also be saved and uploaded to the main profile page once completed. @pajamaprogram is a great example to show us how an Instagram Live or instagram TV can be saved and uploaded to the main feed to allow viewers to visit any story time they like incase they missed the live video.
Some additional ideas on how to use Instagram Live are listed below:
Read Aloud (Story time via Insta Live)
Update students with any upcoming events or assignments
Provide students with a short lesson or activity
Invite students to participate in a sing-along or follow along activity
Keep In Mind
There is an abundance of opportunity when using Instagram for education, teachers just need to find what works for them and benefit their classroom the most. Teachers should also always keep I mind that social media use in education is always evolving, and teachers should embrace this new platform and be creative!