In the previous article, we looked at the benefits of Instagram from the standpoint of students. This article looks at how teachers can use Instagram as a powerful teaching tool in the online classroom. The power of Instagram creates meaningful online interactions between students and teachers, keeping both parties engaged and informed.
For instructors, Instagram makes it easier than ever to post reminders and notable factoids discussed during regular class time hours. Teachers can simply upload pictures of relevant material (such as textbook chapters, learning resources, etc.) to share with their students. Teachers can also post motivational memes and other encouraging photos that will help build solid relationships with students by promoting lighthearted exchanges of everyday information. Additionally, instructors may post review reminders to encourage students to stay on-track with their homework and/or with remembering notable items that might be present on a quiz or test.
In return, students can also provide valuable content for their instructors as part of this positive exchange. For example, students might post subject-specific pictures from their own lives that illustrate concepts explored in class. Additionally, students might provide a sort of “photo essay” for instructors, which is a practical, lighthearted way for instructors to gauge student progress on an infrequent basis. A teacher can post a relevant picture, and the class can post their thoughtful reactions to this picture using certain teacher-specific guidelines.
Of course, when it concerns Instagram and the online classroom (or any classroom for that matter), it is crucial for both teachers and students to remain professional in all of their interactions. It is equally important for instructors to check with higher education administration to fully understand any guidelines regarding acceptable social media activity.
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We’ve all heard the business benefits, but what about the benefits of Facebook in eLearning? There are actually numerous uses for Facebook in the classroom. Many of these uses most people might not think about, while others are little more obvious. However, they all increase the education quality for the students using them.
- Trends, polls and reviews are great way to incorporate Facebook into the classroom. Using trends and newsfeeds, students can use Facebook to track new information pertaining to subjects covered in class. The polls and reviews can collect opinions in order to maximize class experience for the students. Giving the students the ability to have their input integrated directly into the class structure.
- A Facebook page is a more obvious use of Facebook in the classroom. Offering an open flow forum for information that is very beneficial, much like classroom discussion. This can allow students to utilize each other for personal benefit as well as the class as a whole. This also gives the professor easy access to understanding where their students are in the learning process.
- Facebook Groups are an easy way too literally get everyone on the same page. Groups have the option of privacy so that only the people invited can see what happens in the group page. This is a great way for a professor to assign assignments and delegate questions from outside of the classroom.
- Facebook events allow professors to update the date and time for tests, as well as for make up opportunities. It is also beneficial for classes where students are required to attend outside lectures and activities. Because the events on Facebook have the capacity to sync with smart phones, students no longer have excuses for missing tests or activities.
- Brainstorming and sharing are two benefits that Facebook has that you don’t see as much in the classroom. Because it is text-based communication, you don’t have to worry about the conflict of people trying to talking simultaneously. This allows for sharing of discussion topics, URLs and information seamlessly among students.
Facebook and other social medias have a wide variety of uses, both inside and outside the classroom. Contact us for more information about how you can integrate eLearning in your classroom.