Statistics on the age of social media users are incredulous. As of July 2014, 78% of 12 to 17-year-olds (6th to 11th graders) that are active online used Facebook at least once monthly, and 52% used Instagram as often. Our world really is starting to become more about posting than relationship building. The instant gratification of online interaction and visual displays on sites such as Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, and Instagram has forced educators to connect with their students in new ways.
Sometimes silly is good!
As we all know, “a picture is worth a thousand words.” But really, for us, the photos we share on Instagram do more than paint a point of view for our students. It offers a way to make them laugh, remind them of assignments due and upcoming quizzes, and praise them on work well done. We know it works when we get comments like this one: “Oh no we have a quiz tomorrow I need to study!” If posting those pics gets them to study, we’re not complaining!
We love telling our students well done via Instagram! There's something about public praise that builds their confidence!
Lastly, Instagram is easy. We can snap pictures throughout the day, thumb out a quick caption, tag a few students if necessary and voila! We've given our students reasons to stay connected and remember important details.
One of our Instagram Curriculum sheets on Teachers Pay Teachers Store
If you’re a middle grade teacher trying to find a way to reach your students without the hassle of competing with the other faucets of their lives, I hope we’ve convinced you to give Instagram a try! Check out our "Classroom Tools" for more ways to incorporate Instagram into your classroom.