Snapchat – One Month In

So, I think I’m starting to find my groove with Snapchat. Definitely having a planned schedule for the week helps. I can also see how I can re-use items for future semesters (the jigsaw puzzle of content terms can stay the same). I’m wondering if having consistent days, like “Hello I’m a Consultant” Thursdays (where each Thursday I highlight different consultants) or “Fun Friday” where each Friday I have a game (jigsaw puzzle, word find) and Saturday I snap the solution will be useful, or put me in a rut. IMG_8472.jpg

You can swipe up on your snaps to see who has looked at them. Unfortunately, I have only a handful on average. I’m going through a lot of work for only 3 to look at it! So, consistent marketing it to the students may be important. For my own sake, posting at a specific time (e.g., 3 p.m. since students have said they don’t check it until the afternoon because they are working or seeing clients) might be a better idea than whenever the mood hits me. Also, creating teasers that involve the students, like the one below, and sending that out through the course announcements function is something else I might try.

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Committed to making this work. Upping my game!

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Snapchat in the Classroom 2018

Thought it was about time for an update on how my integration of Snapchat into my master’s/EdS Consultation course has been going. In two words, “Swimmingly well!” I’ve kept up with my daily goal of reading Snapchat posts from those I follow every day, and posting every day.

#1 Tip: Create a table that outlines the key concepts or points of each week’s lecture in one column. Then start brainstorming how you might teach those concepts, or introduce them, or reinforce them. Is there a symbol or metaphor? Is there any supplemental material in video format  or readings that you could snap about? Can you draw on any of your existing skills (e.g., create and post an infographic) or learn a new skill (like create an animation on powtoon)?

My class meets once a week, and I want to encourage them to post to our class story, which means I have to post something every day or the story disappears (if no one else posts). So, I plan out from Wednesday (when the class meets) until the next Wednesday. Here’s a brief screen grab of my table for the rest of this week.

 

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Tip #2: As of this morning, I only had 6/21 students following the course Snapchat feed. I started today’s lecture with a “here’s a sneak peak of what you missed if you weren’t following on Snapchat.” Bam! Got 5 more signed up right away. Offering extra credit seems to also be encouraging them to post (I say they get .1 point per snap related to content, up to 2 points, which equals 2 quiz grades). Here’s a picture of the “what you missed slide.” Wouldn’t this want to make you sign up if you were a student?

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Hope this is encouraging to those of you who are interested in integrating Snapchat into teaching. We’ll share more as we learn more – in the meantime, please share with us!

Happy 2018!!!

New Year’s Day is here, as is the annual setting of goals. It’s no different for the tech twins. As we are getting ready for classes to commence, how to integrate Snapchat into our teaching is fresh on our minds, as is the determination to make this go round better than the last. One lesson learned was that it’s probably best to dive into the tool first before just launching into it – but let’s be honest, if I (Deb) were to wait until I felt completely comfortable about using a tool, I’d probably never use it! That being said, the first resolution I have is to go on Snapchat every day and spend 5 minutes looking at the stories. I’ve been doing that for about a week now, and already learned a lot and come up with some new ideas to try:

  • Who would you seek out advice on…? (this semester the course is consultation)
  • Top tens. Ten proofs that ____ works. Or, ten of the best….
  • If you do these 5 things, you’re probably not cut out to be a … (consultant, career counselor, etc.).
  • Trends in ____ (career counseling, salaries for different groups, consultation)
  • Top ten emerging jobs.
  • This top consultant did WHAT!?! (think clip bait).

My second resolution was to start following people.

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I did a search on who to follow, and started adding people. I added all the folks from this article today. My favorite so far has been NASA. I wasn’t sure what “following” them meant, but found out if I went to stories, if they posted, I would see it – and I’ve learned some neat ideas (not sure how they do it but am sure I can figure it out), such as:

  • Link to a website. “Swipe up to learn…” and I can link to an article, or a blog, or a video.
  • Take a poll and share the results immediately.
  • Give 5 reasons why they should/shouldn’t do X.

So far, so good on the two goals. I’ve also started posting daily -might as well – I’m there already, right? It’s a week before class starts, so I decided to pull up the syllabus to see what topics I’m covering and to start thinking about how I might enhance the information with Snapchat. I’ve found the syllabus to be a bit too vague (e.g., consultation steps or consult variables), so I may have to dive into the lectures to see if any key points yield more creative options. Would love to hear from those of you who incorporate Snapchat into your teaching. What are you doing? What has worked well?

 

NCDA 2017 – Tech Twins Will Be There!

We just got the news that our presentation on using Snapchat to teach career development has been accepted for the 2018 NCDA Conference.  We have our first semester just winding up where Snapchat was integrated, and there have been many lessons learned along the way that we’ll be implementing into our next courses. We are so excited and hope that we’ll get to meet many of you there!

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Snapchat and Irma in Teaching Career Development

Hurricane Irma presented a unique challenge and opportunity last week for this Snapchat experiment. True to my 3x a week commitment, when Friday came, I decided to post this:

Immediately, I got responses back from most of my student followers, of their pets! Once I had heard from them, I decided to send this:

On Monday, I heard from the students that I was the only professor they had heard from during the hurricane. I was reminded how this tool can be used to connect in a caring way with students, and how that connection can make such a difference for them (and for me). I’m also challenged to think about how to balance the academic purpose of the tool (Book quotes are coming up!) and the personal connection. Curious as to how others manage that.