Instagram in the Classroom
Type of technology: Application
SAMR Model Rating: Redefinition
Grade level: Secondary
Subject area: All
Description of the lesson taught: Instagram is a great way to connect with students! You can create an Instagram account for your classroom/subject area and use it to promote your lessons, interact with students (and parents), and to create cool projects. I set up an Instagram account for our school (download from the App Store) using my school email address which also feeds to our school Facebook page. For example, A Social Studies teacher, Chris Greeley (firstname.lastname@example.org), and I are working collaboratively to design a project called “Humans of Room 204”. Using the Humans of New York model and common core narrative standards, his students will interview each other to collect quotes and short stories. I will publish the student responses and their picture on our school Instragram (“lacumbrejhs”) with the hashtag: #HumansofRoom204 to highlight and promote the importance of their authentic personal narratives.
Other ways to integrate Instagram. These teachers have their students follow their teacher Instagram accounts. The students love that their teacher is savvy enough to use Instagram and builds on the student-teacher relationship in a professional way.
- Sarah Ashton, Science teacher, takes a daily photo of her white board (agenda, homework, etc) and posts it to her teacher Instagram. She and her students then have it for a handy reference
- Jennifer Filipko, Health teacher, posts photos of herself doing healthy activities with an exercise tip, posts healthy food ideas, and other Health class related photos and information. She also posts photos of her students from class doing assignments and activities.