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There’s no denying that the use of social media holds a powerful presence in the lives of both teachers and students. However, the platforms you think are cool and the platforms your students think are cool are probably totally different. In the eyes of students, if you have a Facebook account, you’re “old.” Do you use Twitter? Yep, still old. Although Snapchat is the most used social media platform of choice by students, I’m not brave enough to incorporate it in my classroom just yet.
There is one platform, however, on which students and teachers can come together. That platform is Instagram.
If you don’t have an Instagram account for your art department, I’d encourage you to start one. It establishes a community and provides other ways for students to engage and interact outside of the classroom setting.
If you’re already using Instagram in the school setting, I’d encourage you to add to the ways you use it. Sure, showcasing student artwork and classroom happenings is great, but have you ever thought of using Instagram as a resource to inspire student learning?
There are some art movements that students are just naturally more intrigued by. For example, I’ve never come across a student that hasn’t been fascinated with surrealism, but when it comes to minimalism most would rather just pass it by.
If you’re looking for a fun way to teach your students about the power of minimalist design, #candyminimal won’t disappoint. These candy-colored posts emphasize the importance of a “less is more” design and will fascinate your students. When in doubt, you can always use the hashtag literally and incorporate actual candy. Your students will be hooked before you even bring out the gummy worms!
If you’re incorporating calligraphy or typography into your classroom, #typespire will provide fresh, new ideas to challenge students. Both digital designs and hand lettering are featured.
Do your students moan and groan when you emphasize the importance of setting up a quality composition? How about the casual eye roll at the mere mention of the rule of thirds? If you’re looking to switch things up a bit and add a little excitement, #thingsorganizedneatly will certainly add a different perspective and make the concept of composition exciting again!
Sometimes our students just need a good challenge. The #kolboalphabetchallenge provides just that! This hashtag, created by high school art teacher Alex Kolbo, uses a subject that is commonly familiar, the alphabet. Exploring this hashtag with your students will have you looking at themes in a creative, innovative way. You never know, it might just inspire your class to create their own challenge!
Color theory is a constantly-taught concept in the field of art education, as it should be. However, at times, it can be challenging to get our students excited about it. If you’re looking to go beyond the color wheel, #crafttherainbow is your ticket out! Here you’ll find an innovative take on color that is sure to engage your students.
The incorporation of social media in your classroom will certainly pique the interest of your students. Seeking new and fresh ways to engage students will always be a challenge, so start by incorporating what they already know. Social media will continue to be a constant in the lives of students, so if you can’t beat them, join them! #winning
Do you use social media with your students? How has it transformed your teaching?
What innovative instructional techniques do you use to capture student engagement?
Magazine articles and podcasts are opinions of professional education contributors and do not necessarily represent the position of the Art of Education University (AOEU) or its academic offerings. Contributors use terms in the way they are most often talked about in the scope of their educational experiences.