Ten Ideas for Using Instagram in the Classroom

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I didn’t understand the pull of Instagram the first time I heard about it. To me, it sounded like a fancy app that would take regular pictures and make them look like they were crappy, old photographs. Eventually, though, I changed my mind. I saw the artistic side of the app and eventually began to see the social interaction. Instagram became another layer of sharing our world and telling our stories.
After spending a few months using it, I see a powerful element that I had failed to understand before. Instagram reminds me to pay attention. I know. I know. Technology pulls us away from our senses.
And yet, for me, Instagram has done the opposite. I’m paying attention more closely to the beauty in my world. When my mind wanders, it doesn’t always move into the abstract. I’m looking for beauty around me.
So, with that in mind, I’m thinking of ten ways I might use Instagram with my students next year:
Full Text: Education Rethink: Ten Ideas for Using Instagram in the Classroom.

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