"Looks sooooo cool!"
"This is great!"
"OMG, it's my drawing."
All of these comments are made by middle school students on their art teacher's Instagram account. Photos posed to art_in_the_middle have multiple likes and emojiis like crazy!
At the beginning of the school year I went to the art teachers, recommending to them to use Instgram to document their art happenings in the classroom. Our middle school art teacher took this challenge and ran with it. The result? Students followed it, commented, and talked about it all the time.
The thought with an Instagram account to showcase work came from the fact that many projects are lengthy and students can't take them home immediately. By posting online, students can show parents their art, explain projects to them, and see what is going on in other hours they are not a part of during the day. It is another audience for students to showcase their work to. In an age where we want students to think of a global audience, Instagram gives them this opportunity.
She really let the kids be involved. Often, she would take a photo of artwork and then let the student choose the filter. Sometimes the students would take the photo and post it. Another thing it did was it allowed the students a little window into their teacher's life. She posted images from home during winter break, showing what she was up to. Artwork that she was working on was documented so the students were able to see their art teacher practicing what she taught, which I thought was really neat.
Art teachers, even you can get in on the fun of technology integration! This is a great idea I took from a conference I attended this summer.
We all love Instagram; students, teachers, parents, everyone. Why not put the love of art and Instagram together? The problem is, students under 13 aren't supposed to be on Instagram, so we have to have a way to share out their work as well. We also want to make sure the right content is being pushed out to the public.
Art teachers can create an Instagram account for their classroom and post on behalf of students. This is great because the teacher can monitor comments and users, while still showing a digital art gallery! For example, we could have an account called "Hallsville Primary Art Gallery" and display Primary art. What a great way to show all that art AS it is created!
As with all social media, please fill out the correct Social Media forms with Marci (they can be found on our website!). And be mindful if you post student photos, we have some students who should not be photographed. Again, check with Marci or administration on this!
There is even an Instagram hashtag, search for #highschoolart, and you will see all kinds of great ideas!
Here's an example from an independent school, More House Art, and how they use Instagram!
Fifth grade teacher in a 1:1 iPad classroom, sharing my journey with technology in the classroom