Instagram is a social media platform that is growing quickly. Launched in 2010, Instagram now has over 400 million users and growing! Teachers have taken Instagram over by storm. So, you may be asking, “What’s the big deal?” Personally and professionally speaking, Instagram has improved my teaching in so many ways that I decided to compile a list of 5 Ways Teachers Benefit By Using Instagram.
1. Instagram is the world’s largest and most positive teacher’s lounge.
Think about a stereotypical teacher’s lounge for a second. What kind of conversations do you hear? I’m willing to guess that they aren’t all positive conversations. You won’t find these conversations on Instagram. That is one reason I love Instagram. It is filled with positive teachers who love to collaborate and share ideas. Need I say more?
2. Instagram provides free professional development right at your finger tips.
The need for spending tons of money and time on an out of town conference has decreased for me because of Instagram. No longer am I taking an entire day or two away from my classroom to sit in a conference session to gather as much information as I can write down and process. Now, I can get on Instagram from the comfort of my own couch, car, bed, waiting room, dance practice, bleachers, etc and gain insightful information for my classroom. For this busy mom, this has been a game changer! Don’t get me wrong, there are still conferences out there that are well worth the time and money to attend but I am finding that I am gaining a ton of new information and ideas right from my phone.
3. Instagram hashtags are your friend.
Hashtags are your friend. Think of hashtags as a way to filter all the online content into a narrowed down topic of interest. Hashtags can be thought of similar to a google search engine. Not sure of what hashtags are popular on Instagram? Look no further. Here are some that I frequently use on my Instagram account.
4. Instagram will help build and grow your professional learning network (PLN).
I think about teaching as a collaborative effort. Some of the best teachers have an amazing network of other amazing teachers to learn from. As much as we love the teachers we work with, it’s okay to want MORE. Instagram is filled with teachers from around the world who are ready to collaborate and learn from you! I have found tons of holiday party ideas, pen pals, lesson plans, art projects, snack recipes, teacher outfits, newsletter templates, parent teacher conference tips, and more!
5. Instagram is teacher eye candy.
Teachers love visuals. Door decorations. Anchor charts. Bulletin boards. Classroom themes. Funny memes. The list could go on and on. Here are a few of my favorite.
Are you on Instagram? I’d love to connect with you! You can find me @LuckyLittleLearners Leave your Instagram handle in the comment section below! I look forward to connecting and learning with you soon!