I wrote a whole thesis on the potential of Web 2.0, social media, and blogging in Art Education. At the time, Instagram was not around and I never imagined its possibility in education.
Earlier this week, I received my first fan mail ever from a reader (Thanks Ferina!) who linked me to this article titled “20 Out of the Box Ideas to Use Instagram in Your Classroom.”
Readers know I love Instagram because of its ability to reach, impact, and inform others through photograph. It’s also a way to create a community by making a portfolio of work through hashtags. Since I’m an Art Educator, here’s what they suggest for using Instagram in the Art Classroom:
Offer a fun and creative scavenger hunt. Send students out to take photos of different shapes (like finding isosceles triangles in architecture). Then post a collage and invite followers to identify the common denominator in every building.
Here are some of my ideas:
1. Photograph student art work and make hashtags based on class, class period, project, style, media, elements and principles of art and design.
2. Lucky enough to have an iPad in the classroom as well as an iPhone or iPod touch like Fuglefun and Tiedemania? You can instantly upload student work created on the iPad to Instagram!
3. With budget cuts cutting art, music, and physical education, you can document the daily life of your art classroom through Instagram. For example, if you photograph students working on a mural, write a caption about the arts encourage collaboration and community building. Since many people use Instagram, its mass appeal can do wonders for any art program.
Also, I noticed that Instagram introduced a new feature where you can easily view your profile online. This can make it easier to spread the good news about your art program especially to those who may not own a smart phone.
You can check out my Instagram profile at http://instagram.com/abbyesc#.
I’ve also used Statigram to keep track of my followers, likes and comments. This information can be valuable in increasing your viewership.
I would love to hear other people’s ideas about using Instagram in the classroom. Even though I didn’t mention it above because I hope that as teachers we use common sense, your students’ safety is of utmost importance! Make sure you get permission from their parents!