How to Use Snapchat in the Classroom

How to Use Snapchat in the Classroom

Matt Miller has written a wonderful, in-depth article about using Snapchat in the classroom. While I was on vacation, I was mulling over how to use Snapchat to impart learning. During that trip, I capture my trip with daily Snapchat stories. In this post, I shared what Matt had written in a Snapchat story.

Snapchat Stories

As an instructor, I think the power of Snapchat is in the stories. A story is a collection of 10-second snaps that occur over time. Typically, you would create a story over a 24 hour period.

Once you create a story, you could download the story to your mobile device and then subsequently, upload a story to YouTube, Facebook, etc.

Snapchat in the Classroom

Here is an example of a story I created with Snapchat that highlights Matt Miller’s “15 Ways to use Snapchat in classes and schools“. Definitely, read his article for more details.

Once I finished creating this story, I downloaded it to my phone and then uploaded it to YouTube so I could embed it in this post. If I wanted, I could also share the video in a Blackboard course.

Instructor Ideas

Snapchat should a be a fun way to communicate ideas. If it is too much like “school”, you may turn students away.

I have found that Snapchat is a great way to live in the moment. You can share information about your field of study in a non-threatening way. Comment on an issue, take students on a field trip or show students how to do something.

Student Ideas

Snapchat is also a great way for students to show off what they know. They can create a mini-movie using Snapchat stories. They can walk you through a task with their own how to.  Students can also show a day in their life. They could also report on issues of the day.

What are Your Ideas?

What are your ideas for using Snapchat in the classroom? Share in the comments below. If you want to know more about Snapchat and how you could possibly use it in your classroom, stop by the TEI synergy center.

Stan Skrabut, Ed.D.

Stan is Director of Technology-Enhanced Instruction. He has over 20 years experience working as an instructional technologist and trainer. He has a master’s degree in computing technology in education and a doctorate in education specializing in instructional technology.

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