By Teachers, For Teachers
You most likely have a Facebook or Twitter account, but do you have an Instagram account? Instagram is said to be the world’s largest teachers’ lounge, mainly because you have access to thousands of technology in the classroom teaching ideas, from pictures of creative bulletin boards to photos of how to organize your classroom, you can find anything on Instagram. Instagram is a great way to help you grow your professional network, too. It also can help improve your technology in the classroom teaching skills, and it doesn’t hurt that you can get a million different ideas for your classroom. Here are a few effective ways that you can use Instagram to enrich your technology in the classroom.
Teachers are lifelong learners, and a simple way to extend your learning is through hashtags. Hashtags are an easy way to find relevant information related to education. You can search for posts, people, places, and even tags (general or specific information). When you search a hashtag, pictures that have been tagged with that specific topic will come up under your search bar. For example, a popular hashtag among teachers is #teachersofinstagram. When you search this particular tag, you will see a set of nine of the most popular photos that were tagged with this hashtag, followed by the most recent photos that were posted. Whether you are looking for classroom lesson plan ideas or just want to see photos of seating arrangements for your classroom, you can find it by simply searching the hashtag. Here are a few more popular hashtags teachers love.
#classroomdecor, #classroomorganization, #flexibleseating, #instagramteachers, #classroomideas, #classroommanagement, #teacherquotes, #iteach, #teacherhumor, #teacherspayteachers, #teacherblogger, #teacherinspiration, #teacherfollowteachers, #teachers, #teacher, #organizedteacher
Another effective way teachers can use Instagram is to share their ideas. That amazing lesson plan on mammals that you came up can be shared with the world with just a tap of your finger. Now teachers from across the world can see your amazing ideas and use them too.
To start sharing, the first thing you have to do is make sure that your profile is set to public. If it’s set to private, then you will have to review every follower that adds you. If you don’t like the idea of your profile being public, then it’s a good idea to create a separate teacher account. You can think of a creative name like “techyteacher” because you love to use technology, or “teachingfortwentyfive” for the number of students that are in your class. You can even choose something like “Tired Teachers Teach” because you are always so tired. The point is to have some fun with it. Just make sure that you check your school policy before sharing anything publicly, because many parents don’t like it when teachers use their child’s faces on social media. Some teachers like to keep their students’ faces out of the pictures, so this may a good option for you if you want to share your teaching ideas with others without worrying about the policies.
Another great benefit of using Instagram is the ability to connect with other educators. Connecting with other teachers is a great way to get new ideas, and it doesn’t hurt to meet a few new people as well. Many teachers of Instagram have connected to complete strangers who also share the same passion for teaching as they do. Others have found lifelong friendships with teachers who teach the same subject or same grade as they do.
To find some educators that you can connect with, all you have to do is search the people or tags section of Instagram. For example, if you teach 6th grade and want to connect to other teachers in that grade, then all you have to do is go under the search option and type in “6th grade teacher.” You should also edit your profile so that others can find you. You can do this by adding what grade level you teach, and any other relevant information about yourself. When you do this, it makes it easier for teachers who share the same interests as you to find you.
One of the most effective ways you can use Instagram is to create a collection of your favorite teacher resources that you find on Instagram. All you have to do is tap the flag-like icon on the right-hand side when you see a photo you want to save. Then that photo is saved, and you can now create a collection and name that collection anything that you want. For example, you can have a collection of “Teaching tips” photos, or “Organization” photos, and so on.
Another easy way to find the ideas that you have saved is to go under the options menu in settings, and click the “Posts you’ve liked” tab. Here you will find everything that you have ever liked while on Instagram.
Instagram is a great source for teachers, because it allows you to not only meet and connect with other people just like you, but it can help you find teaching ideas right from the comfort of your own home. You are essentially getting free professional development with the ability to collaborate and share with others.
Janelle Cox is an education writer who uses her experience and knowledge to provide creative and original writing in the field of education. Janelle holds Masters of Science in Education from the State University of New York College at Buffalo. She is a contributing writer to TeachHUB.com, TeachHUB Magazine, and Hey Teach. She was also the Elementary Education Expert for About.com for five years. You can follow her on Twitter @empoweringed, on Facebook at Empowering K12 Educators, or contact her at Janellecox78@yahoo.com.