Today’s students arrive on campus, fluent in social networking technologies. Educators can leverage this knowledge to enrich the learning experience. With Instagram, instructors can foster collaboration and discussion, create meaningful dialogue, exchange ideas, and boost student interaction. Instagram is an effective way to increase student engagement and build better communication skills. Students who rarely raise a hand in class may feel more comfortable expressing themselves through social media. Social networking platforms enable teachers to establish classrooms that foster discussion and surface ideas that students are too shy or intimidated to voice out loud. Social media can enhance communication among students and teachers. Educators can answer students’ questions via Instagram, post homework assignments, post updates, schedule or announce upcoming events, and share interesting content. A great way for instructors to give participation points in addition to in-class participation is by having students post images about something that was discussed in class or make connections with images of real world applications of what was discussed in class. There are limitless ways in which schools, educators, students and parents can use Instagram to enhance student learning.
Instagram and other social media (twitter, youtube, Facebook, etc.) are transforming instruction and engagement in the classroom. Education is constantly evolving and technology has opened doors to how we can evolve and make content more accessible and definitely increases the engagement of students as they are utilizing technology constantly. We are able to reach students on a platform that they understand and feel at ease using.