I go through phases with this blog but I’m really trying to focus on it more in 2018. But this blog is not the only way I’m using technology to reach out, connect and share information with other teachers and parents.
I’ve had a SnapChat account for a few years. I used to use it as an alternative to turning in assignments traditionally. I have less of a focus on assignments today but still use the application to receive things from the students. Today, I mostly use SnapChat to communicate and share events that happen in class. I take videos and pictures, caption in and add it to our story. Sometimes it’s things I want the students to know and sometimes it’s just sharing what is happening in the room. I’m happy that parents are connected with it and interact with me too. They have commented that they enjoy seeing their child in class and what they are doing. Recently I took video of a student during his most recent speaking presentation and sent it to his mom, which she really enjoyed. You are welcome to check out our SnapChat @espanoldhs.
During the past few months I’ve done a lot of work surrounding George Couros and Innovator’s Mindset. (Highly recommend the blog for anyone interested in 21st century learning and innovation in education) He had prompted the use of social media sites like Instagram so I decided to revisit it and see if I could maximize it’s power. I’ve really enjoyed using Instagram this year to share and document things that the students are doing.
You may want to follow or check out the Instagram for quick activity summaries of things we are doing in class. I sometimes find it easier to just take a few quick pictures and caption what is happening versus writing a traditional blog entry.
One thing I’ve been doing this year with Instagram is highlighting students or groups that I am proud of. I began the year by just posting images but (again) after listening to George Couros, decided it would be powerful to actually record me actually confronting the student(s) and telling them that I am proud of them. It’s highly uncomfortable for me but it’s been a valuable experience.
I have the Instagram setup to auto post on Twitter as well (using IFTTT). I still use Twitter (@espanoldhs) too but I focus my during-the-day activity on Snap and Insta. I’m so happy for the connections I’ve built using these applications and look forward to all the possibilities ahead.