"If the Internet is Lucky Charms, then Instagram is just the marshmellows." (Neistat 2012) This has to be one of the best quotes I've heard in a long while. I also completely understand the metaphor, as I am a fan of Lucky Charms. There are many cereal options out there, but none as good as Lucky Charms, they stay true to what they are. Cheerios seems to be like Facebook, our presenter says Facebook has lost its way, so have Cheerios. Don't try the Dark Chocolate ones.. just don't do it. Twitter is like the cereal Kix, yes its fine, but it is limited, far outshined by coco puffs. Cereal metaphors are the best, and they serve to further our presenters position.
I've never used Instagram, I have an account for my class, and understand the basics of taking and uploading a picture, but I don't, as of yet, understand the purpose. I am hoping to explore using this in a purposeful manner that can be adapted to my classroom practice.
"The documentation of life is important. Use Instagram to tell a story." (Neistat 2012) Before watching this video I had never considered Instagram as a tool (I know that I am still channeling my 'visitor' identity [see previous blog posting if you are confused]) for digital storytelling. As Daniel Pink tells us, "Most of our experience, our knowledge, and our thinking is organized as stories" (Pink 2006, 101). If our students see the content as a story to experience, they will understand it more deeply.
I find it fascinating that we are working on our graduate degrees communicating via a blog, or on twitter, Google +, and other social communication mediums. Our blogs, especially the 20Time projects are the authentic stories of our learning. If we are able to learn this way, then our students should be able to learn this way also. Instagram can be a way for our students to chronicle their learning, like we will in the 20Time project.
At the end of the school year, I have my students create a project that reviews everything we have learned. The only instruction is that it has to be creative. I've had students do projects based on Harry Potter, Star Wars, Sesame Street, and other pop culture entities. Being that I have never used Instagram, it didn't occur to me that I could have my students use an Instagram account to tell the story of their learning experience in my class.
The tutorial on Instagram etiquette was appriciated as well. I promise to go easy on the hashtags, and not to bleed the feed, I'll post one picture at a time, and then chill.
(2012). Instagram i love you - YouTube. Retrieved June 15, 2015, from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GacoqdKjVyE.