When I was younger and in school, I can remember cellphones becoming the most exciting thing to own. Everyone wanted one and was constantly begging their parents to purchase one for them. Once everyone finally purchased one we all realized we weren’t allowed to have them in school. They needed to be turned off and put away.
Recently I’ve visited one of my teachers and observed her classroom. She had an open invitation to come and visit anytime, so one day I decided to take her up on it. While she was lecturing in classes, I noticed almost half of the students trying to be sneaky and use their cellphone hidden in their purse, or under their books, or in their pockets, and the list goes on and on. This caused me to do some research with all of the social media that is out there now.
One of the most popular is instagram. Maryalene LaPonsie posted an article called Picture This: 5 Ways Teachers Can Use Instagram in the Classroom. This article found different ways to incorporate instagram into the classroom. A couple of the ideas she listed were assigning photo-essays or having them use the pictures on instagram as a writing prompt. These are simple tasks that are both enjoyable for the students and educational. Not only can this allow the students to become more engaged, but it makes it easier on the teacher. It’s easier to assign a photo assignment, then for instance, having the students all write papers. Not only does the teacher have to grade all of them, which can be time consuming, but the students will most likely hate the work involved in it.
As long as the school approves of students using their cellphones during class, it is an excellent way to utilize the social media that the majority of students love to use!