Instagram Scavenger Hunt
I really like this idea, although at first I was hesitant, as most schools no longer have the funding for field trips. However, as an English teacher, there are still many ways that I can use a "scavenger hunt" of sorts in the classroom. Images and visual representations can be applied to novels, and a variety of the concepts that I teach throughout the school year.
Students can hunt around the school to find visual representations of vocabulary (see my previous blog post for a great idea on how to use Instagram with vocab - LINK HERE), ethos/pathos/logos, characters from stories, in support of student opinions they are using in an essay - the possibilities are seemingly endless. Tucker, once again, proves what a useful tool Instagram can be in the classroom!
Reflecting on the Use of Instagram in the Classroom
One of the ways that we can (and should) implement this, is by integrating some of the technology that we know our students already use. Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and other such applications are ways that our students connect with their peers on a daily basis - why not use it to help them to connect to their schoolwork, too?
There are definitely things to consider before implementing social media applications in the classroom - parent consent, privacy concerns, online ethics, cooperation with the administration - all of which should be given the utmost concern. However, I don't think these issues should deter teachers from trying to utilize modern technology into their lesson plans.
Student-centered learning is paramount, and part of curriculum design involves considering what our students are interested in and how they approach those interests. If we want our students to buy in to our teaching, we must buy in to modern sources of information, communication, and expression. I am definitely not a technology expert. I still have a so much l to learn, and it will take a great deal of practice and familiarizing myself with these applications before I can successfully bring them into the classroom. But I'm willing to try.
One of the most common questions students ask about their studies is: "When am I ever going to use this?" Through the implementation of applications like Instagram in the classroom we can give our students freedom of expression, the opportunity to be creative, and the best answer this question could ever receive: "Right now."