"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.
Fifth grade teacher in a 1:1 iPad classroom, sharing my journey with technology in the classroom