Tara Martin Says “Yes” Snapchat Can Be Used For Education
First off, if you’re an educator looking to bring today’s real world technology that’s relevant to teenagers and students, we highly recommend Tara Martin’s blog. She speaks from experience of blending real life and education. She also takes relevant ideas from students’ worlds and brings them into the classroom. Check out this post called “Learn Like a Threenager”.
But today we’re talking about Snapchat. At one point in time, they were fasting growing social network in the world. Snapchat is the most used social media platform for tweens and teens, those students that are often hard to engage. Why not use a tool like Snapchat to harness that
Martin took the idea of using Snapchat’s story platform to talk about, well, stories. After figuring out Snapchat, Martin and some of her colleagues were in a collaborative book study with the book LAUNCH by John Spencer (not sure if this is Martin’s affiliate link, but you can get the book here).
Martin and her colleagues were able to use Snapchat and #booksnaps to document key takeaways, upload their thoughts to Snapchat and share them with their friends that are also participating.
Snapchat allows users to create “stories” which are up to 15 second multi-media vignettes. spruced up with words, photos and emojis. Students participating in #booksnaps, read a book and when they stumble upon an idea, paragraph, or part of the story they like, “Snap” it. They can add their own dialogue to the snap which would help other students and teachers understand how they were perceiving or feeling about the book. As more and more students add to the story, the entire #booksnap grows into a collaborative project of sorts. #booksnaps spark discussion and of course learning.
To get help with the ins and outs of Snapchat, Martin turned to her 15 year old son, Kaleb. After a crash course in the art of “snapping” Martin says their are three easy steps to #booksnaps:
1.) Download Snapchat from the App Store
2.) Add your book study pals by clicking the little ghost and “Add Friends by Username.”
3.) Begin documenting your reflections as you read
There are a lot of advantages to #booksnaps
- Kids get engaged by using technology they use on a regular basis
- Snapchatting in school and for school, is cool
- Teachers and other students can dive deeper into the emotional connection of the book by reading the #booksnap narrative and seeing what each participant has added.
Martin added 8 more reasons to creat #BookSnaps
• To annotate and share excerpts of the book you’re reading
• It allows the reader to connect an idea or thought by creating a digital visual representation. The visual representation solidifies the text content within the mind and signals the brain to retrieve the idea from memory.
• Diagram the rise, fall, and climax of the plot (see an example image below)
• Highlight figurative language and imagery
• Notate character conflict and internal struggles (see example below)
• Point out the main idea or a supporting argument
• It has its own hashtag #BookSnaps on Twitter!
• It’s EASY! Just read, snap, reflect, add stickers, share, and repeat.
If you’re an educator, ready to jump into #BookSnaps you can watch this video Martin created on how to get started: