My students seem to use snapchat more than the three platforms discussed today, how can we safely leverage snapchat to engage students?
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Just found this little article for using Snapchat in the classroom... has some great ideas!http://www.hillcresthighlighter.com/snapchat-and-vines-in-classrooms.html
Use the concept of SnapChat to teach critical thinking skills, reasoning, argument writing, or just increase student engagement. Students might view a quick series of pictures you put together (as if doing Snapchat), then have to develop an argument to solve the murder mystery or a narrative paragraph with descriptive details for a story. In reverse, students could be asked to chose an image a historical or science figure might Snapchat to another, and explain the circumstance.
Does social media media enhance or hinder communication skills?
Love this thought-provoking question! We communicate in tons of different ways. As educators, we have an amazing opportunity to teach students how to communicate effectively in ALL the different platforms. Examples: Composing an effective tweet is a skill to be learned. Facebook interactions can be harmful or beneficial. Email and online writing has etiquette rules.Keep the goal in mind and teach students to do the same. Examples: Communicate on Twitter to connect, share ideas, and learn. Communicate on Instagram because 'a picture is worth 1000 words,' but be mindful of audience and what you are communicating through the picture(s).Just like with verbal and academic writing, social media communication can be used to teach students audience, voice, purpose, conventions, tone and more.