Instagr.am is fairly new to me, but not so much to many of my students. My students are testing all of this week, and I spent most of my weekend thinking about ways I could get them to do something easy over the course of the week. We’re still talking about la familia, and so far, we have:
- drafted family trees,
- used Google Voice in class to describe our families (see rubric here),
- taken a written assessment,
- talked about La familia real de España (thanks to @ZJonesSpanish),
- watched a video clip and a few commercials (thanks to @karacjacobs and her Spanish 1 website), and
- listened to a song.
Initially, the obligatory “family tree poster board project” was in the works, but I feel that we already accomplished describing our families with a Google Voice assignment. I’ve been pondering ways to incorporate Instagram — it’s just so EASY to snap a picture, add a caption, and talk about photos with your friends (or with your Spanish teacher)! On my way to work this morning, I figured my students would be excited to use Instagram as an extra credit activity, so I quickly drew up a rubric and introduced it to the group.
After locating me in the world of Instagram (@srtabarragan), students were tasked to take a minimum of 5 photos of their family members, and to add captions to each of their pictures in which they describe who’s featured in the photo and what their relationship is. We took a few pictures in class as an example and showed them on the projector. So far, it’s been a success! An INCREDIBLE amount of students have already sent in their pictures, and it’s been so much fun to have conversations with them completamente en español. Here are some examples:
Can’t wait to talk about these with my students! Can you think of any other uses for Instagr.am in the FL classroom?