We have a classroom Instagram account that is online as well. Check out my tips for ten things to post on Instagram. It's not just a great way to celebrate learning, Instagram can also be a teaching tool as well.
Check out these resources on photo essays:
- Global Oneness Project: Free lessons with photo essays
- The American Teenager: A local photo essay project
- A blog post I wrote about photo essays: Lots of great ideas here for photo essay topics
- Capture random acts of kindness and post them on Instagram with a motivational school hashtag. The hashtag makes it easy for everyone to follow the story. Then use Storify (link to example is from Justin Birckbichler's #flyhighfri) to share the good deeds on your school web page or in an email to parents.
picture Writing prompts
Anchor charts, Sketchnotes & Homework help
celebrate student learning
A great blog post on this topic:
10 Intriguing Photographs to Teach Close Reading and Visual Thinking Skills
If you like using Teachers Pay Teachers, I have a lesson on this topic in my store.
Instagram & Vocabulary
There are many ways you could use Instagram to engage students in vocabulary building exercises. #Vocab is one of my favorites. The idea is from Tracee Orman's Teachers Pay Teachers lesson. Again, this is something we do in class, so they do know how to respond and what #vocab is. In this example I made a picture collage showing a screen shot of the word definition from dictionary.com, a picture of the anchor chart from class, and a meme for the final # which was something new, but I thought it would be appropriate to add a new "techie" type of element since I was posting online. At some point in time I will get around to doing a post on #vocab because I just love it, but today it's Instagram.
In this example we are doing the word reason. We are in the midst of a mystery unit, getting ready to read Sherlock Holmes and have just spent a week learning about inductive and deductive reasoning. So, reason is not an unfamiliar word to them.
I started them off with an example of my own #s:
#Sherlock'sMindPalace (apply it to a place or activity)
#TheDogAteMyHomework (use it in a phrase-ok, so I didn't actually use the word, but I did use a cliche, and figurative language gets you bonus points!)
#WordWink (my connection to the word or what it reminds me of)
#TakingOneForTheTeam (The Katniss "I Volunteer" meme)
Six word memoirs, Exit Tickets & polls
Book reviews and thoughts on reading
The selfie wall
- A selfie says “I want people to see me in the context of this setting.” How can we help students want to “picture” themselves in our class or at our school?