Use this guide to help students enjoy Instagram in the Classroom and boost your coolness factor with Interactive notebooks. You will learn the basics of Instagram and how to use it with Interactive Notebooks.
In this guide you will learn
- How to get started with using Instagram in the classroom with Interactive Notebooks.
- How to engage your students with Instagram Foldables.
- How to use Instagram to create daily Ticket Out the Doors.
- How to teach setting with Instagram.
- How to make students feel like they aren’t even learning.
- How to be the coolest teacher in the school. (Guaranteed!)
In order to begin using Instagram in the Classroom there are a few background rules. If you will be using student names or photographs, make sure to get documentation from their parents that they approve. In addition, be sure to never post a student’s last name. Finally, make sure your classroom Instagram Page is set to private so only students will be allowed to view the images. Now for the swag part – get to know Instagram. If you aren’t an active user (cough, cough, get with it) then you need to familiarize yourself with how Instagram works. You can read all about that here. Make sure you understand the terms so you don’t sound ridiculous to your students.
This is hands down my favorite way to use Instagram in my classroom. We will get to these FOLDABLES in a minute, but first let’s take a look at them. This foldable is in the digital version of interactive notebooks, but don’t worry. If you aren’t in to Digital Interactive Notebooks just yet, this simple foldable can also be used in print. While students read any novel or short story, have them identify the author’s point of view. Is it first person? Second person? Students can manipulate these foldables using Google Drive, or if you prefer the printable version, students may cut, paste, and color in their interactive reading notebook.
This can be used with any story and really captivates the students attention. It’s relevant to students and that’s why they love it!
Instagram Ticket Out the Door
You know everyone loves a good ticket out the door! Don’t fight it. Instead of using the original sticky note version, it’s time to opt for an even fancier version. Give students the opportunity to post pictures on your Instagram feed by taking action shots of their learning. Be sure to set parameters with your students about your acceptable use policy. Don’t have one? No problem! You can download my Acceptable Use Policy!
Next, have the students upload their photos directly to your class Instagram page. If you are worried about what your students may upload, a great way to monitor their photographs would be to have them upload their images to Google Classroom and you may save your favorite to upload to the classroom Instagram Feed.
I love this one! When I teach setting, I love for students to visual the picture. I like to use the Huckleberry Finn song by Flocabulary to get them geared up for learning. I usually have a picture gathered from my favorite stock photo store and post it to our instagram. A great activator would be to guess the setting based on the clues from the picture. Here’s a simple idea for the story Huckleberry Finn. The photograph describes the setting on the Mississippi River. I may use a hashtag to really get the conversation started like #twoboysonariver or #theolemississippi
Instagram Context Clues
Understanding context clues can really vamp up a student’s reading game. When students can understand difficult words based on context clues, they are ultimately paving the way for their success. I know you’re thinking, what does this have to do with Instagram? Use photographs from various stock photograph places online that are blurry. Upload them to your Instagram page with questions for your students. Give them hints or clues about what the image may be. I use this method when explaining the term context clues. Within a passage, the author will give you hints or clues about unknown words similar to our Instagram picture.
Instagram Point of View for Interactive Notebooks
When teaching point of view, we always refer to it as our “point of view finder.” When reading a story, we go back to this foldable to remind us to search for pronouns that indicate point of view. It’s all about the pronouns baby. The best part about this lesson is that it is also available completely digital with my new product line – GO GOOGLE! You can transform this paper interactive notebook into a completely digital interactive notebook. You’re so fancy.
Instagram Responding to Literature for Interactive Notebooks
Similar to the Point of View Foldable, this Responding to Literature Foldable is ridiculously awesome for your interactive notebooks. Have students read a passage and then respond to it using their schema, visualization, text talk notes, and more! This foldable is not yet available, but will be released in the next few weeks. To get 5$ off, be sure to fill out this form today!
Instagram and Snapchat for Interactive Notebooks
Your cool factor will increase by 1,000 points if you use this foldable. Guaranteed! Use Snapchat to engage students when learning about summarizing and paraphrasing. You can find more about the games I love to play in my classroom soon. Have students Snapchat summarize by reading a quick article from anywhere on the internet. Give them only a minute to read as much as possible. After that minute is up, remove the article. Next, students will race to summarize and paraphrase inside their Interactive Notebooks. The student with the best answer gets to be featured on your class Instagram Feed!
Instagram and Pinterest
What’s so perfect about this lesson is that students already know how they can be featured on the classroom Instagram Feed. First, I explain what Pinterest is to the students. You’d be amazing at how many students have no clue what Pinterest is. Next, we talk about how Pinterest is essentially, “The Best of the Internet.” In this activity students will “pin” the best characters in the story to their Interactive Notebook. The students with the best and most detailed definitions and characters will win. Post their Interactive Notebook page on the Class Instagram.
Instagram Classroom Celebrities
Now it’s time to highlight your Instagram Celebrities of the week. This can be anything you want it to be. It can be highlights of your favorite Interactive Notebook foldables of the week. It can be students that were “caught being good,” maybe by cleaning up their interactive notebook materials. Or maybe it could be a student that helped another student who was absent. Simply take their picture and upload it to the classroom Instagram page for instant Instagram Celebrity status. (Remember to only take pictures of students that have been approved.)
Using these simple tactics from the ultimate guide to using Instagram with Interactive Notebooks can amp up your coolness and ignite learning in your classroom. These foldables are not only engaging, but are proven to help student achievement. When an administrator walks in your door, instead of being worried, be excited you are producing a positive learning environment with tons of differentiation. Transform your room into a class of 2016, instead of a drag from 2015. It’s important that you stay relevant, rigorous, and riveting with your students. It’s like being a kid all over again. To purchase these foldables head on over to my Best Reading Interactive Notebook Ever. It’s sure to be a huge hit in your classroom!