Just recently I reflected on different ways I have used social media in my classroom and how effective it was to use different ones with students. One that I have been trying to find a use for that has great potential is Snapchat. How would this look or even work? What gave me the idea is when I clicked it open and saw an account I follow, a baseball coach somewhere, breaking down a kid's swing, giving others an immediate, quick visual created with a caption to focus on what he was emphasizing or teaching. That's sort of when it hit me, this may be the next social media platform that could change how teachers present their material to their students and break down the some walls of traditional learning.
I know you are thinking, what the heck is Snapchat? How am I going to use it? I still don't have a Twitter understanding and this is one more "thing!" Also do I want to use it? This is the same progression I went through when I first started using Twitter. I had to to find a reason for it. How will short video clips change the way my students learn? How can they get anything from a picture that lasts only 10 seconds?
Imagine you are an 8th grade science teacher trying to build on the concept of Newton's First Law of motion which states an object that is at rest stays at rest, and an object that is in motion stays in motion unless acted upon by some other unbalanced force. (See below if your are not sure about Newton's First Law). How could I capture that on Snapchat? There are many real world applications that could represent this law through a 10 second video in Snapchat. I mean, I see this law in action every morning with my cup full of coffee on the car ride to work. It's the reason I need a lid!
A success that Green sees is when a student comes to class and says, "Hey I saw (a classmate) on our studio Snapchat do this, how did they do that?" It really affords some convenience for Green and her students because it's not just another random access code for another website. Students have their own accounts and just follow our class, no code, no extra login in because they are already part of Snapchat. One cautious suggestion Green gave to me is to tell your students the class account WILL NOT follow you back, which for me is good advice for so many reasons. Students can come to a place/platform they are familiar with and enjoy a different way to learn or even create a connection to their learning.
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What ways do you see Snapchat changing your classroom? If you have some good examples please feel free to leave a comment below, would love to hear from you.