I Love Instagram

I love Instagram.

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I have been using it now for about two or three months and I see no turning back; it has become part of my workflow. (Right now it is only an iPhone app…)

Photo: Stephen Davis

Another benefit of using Instagram, or any other photo app for you smart phone, is that you are creating the images yourself, you do not have to worry about copywrite or credits.

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Websites like Inkstagram and Webstagram enable you to see your pictures online. Both of these sites are not blocked at my school, yet.

After we review for and take the obligatory state tests May 5th and 6th, I am going to begin integrating this app into my classroom. Much like a Twitter hashtag, you can create hashtags within Instagram. Creating a hashtag for my class will enable students to see all their pictures in one place. I am looking forward to seeing their pictures and reading their comments.

I can see my Special Education students excelling with this app. I can also see this as a visual bridge, or example, to exhibit the editing process in writing and its importance.

What ideas do you have for using Instagram in your class?

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Related: I also would like to point you to Luke Neff’s great Writing Prompts site. Neff sets great visual images along side writing prompts that get students thinking deeply. I use his site weekly in my AVID class!

Photo: Stephen Davis