A while ago, I posted about using social media in the classroom. Mostly by using the various features of Instagram along with sister Apps. Well, as many of you know, Instagram and its sister Apps had overhauls on both designs and features. I’m going over a few ways you can use Instagram in your classroom and using the various sister Apps both with and outside of Instagram.
Our good buddy Instagram has been around for five years now. Having the ability to edit and share photos with filters and creative tools to change brightness, contrast and saturation, as well as shadows, highlights, perspective and more. Make your videos look cinematic with filters, custom-built stabilization and tools to combine multiple clips into one video. Unlike Twitter, you don’t have a limit of characters and unlike Facebook you can filter out who to follow and who views your profile and photos and even keeping them private to just followers only waiting for approval.
I remember the first time I used Instagram, I thought it was fun, but I ended up having a falling out with social media except for Twitter. Due to several relatives telling me it was going to keep me from getting a job (I was unemployed at the time). Of course we know in this day and age, when you don’t use social media, potential employers think you have something to hide. However, only in the last couple of years has Instagram been a turn to for sharing learning, understanding and education. Educators such as Tony Vincent, John Spencer, Jennifer Gonzalez, Quinn Rollins, Shaelyn Farnsworth & Erin Olson have used Instagram to post educational content worthy of following and learning from. I have loved the various tips, memes, classroom learning and teaching skills these educators have shared. While I use my Instagram for both personal and educational use. I use hashtags for my educational posts such as: #DiceUPtheclassroom, #edtech, #BuildLap to keep the posts separate. I can also use LightWidget to show your Instagram posts on your website or blog and keep specific posts using hashtags so you aren’t showing everything you post to Instagram.
Layout is a great free App that allows you to create various collages, flip and rotate images and then use the various filters from Instagram to create cinematic posters to use. Choose photos from your camera roll—or use the built-in Photo Booth to take spur-of-the-moment shots—and instantly see them laid out in various combinations. Pick the layout you like best, then edit it to make it your own.A very simple but powerful App.
Boomerang from Instagram makes everyday moments fun and unexpected. Create captivating mini videos that loop back and forth, then share them with your friends. Find something (or someone!) that’s moving, or create a video selfie by switching to the front-facing camera. There’s just one button. Tap it once and Boomerang does the rest: shoots a burst of 10 photos and turns them into a delightful mini video. Great for making your own gifs to use for learning and instruction.
If you want more time and power than Boomerang, use Hyperlapse. When you shoot a time lapse video with Hyperlapse, your footage will be instantly stabilized to smooth out the bumps from the road and give it a cinematic feeling. Capture an entire sunrise in 10 seconds—even from the back of a moving motorcycle. Have a tour of a room, give a drone demo, give a small introduction for a video. Hyperlapse also works great with Ditty.co to make music videos.
My newest discover for Instagram Apps that work great in the classroom is CamStar. CamStar is a Selfie Photo Booth/Effects for Instagram, featuring 50+ Live Effects and counting. From animated backgrounds to incredible photo frames that work great in both Layout and Instagram to give your classroom Selifies a bit of pizazz for eduction.
Give them a try today.