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!

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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.

Snapchat Adventures

This week, I (Deb) was toying with the decision to include snapchat into my graduate level career class about a week prior to the first day of class, and then made the decision to go all in on the morning of class. I created a new account so they wouldn’t see any private snaps for friends and family should I become addicted. Per advice from another site, I gave it the class name. I contacted a gen z-er (my daughter) to help me figure out how they might interact with something I post without jeopardizing their privacy . I made a 10 second welcome video, that was very low on the professionalism side, and high on the personal side.

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I was still brainstorming how I might use this tool for the class. I decided to beg the class for their help. I was surprised that about ¾ of the class of masters’ and doc students had snapchat. So, I offered it as an option to explore how we might use Snapchat in the class for assignments, to extend the lessons, and for extra credit. I brought my gen z-er with me to class, just in case (always have technical support nearby).

I had loaded my snapcode onto a powerpoint slide and was shocked that it actually worked from the back of the room. Students followed the instructions, saw my “welcome” story” and added to it. I saved the video for future reference of my first snapchat class experience. Teaser: We will share this at the NCDA conference if accepted!  Here’s 2 screen grabs that show my invite (add to “my career”) and a couple of snapbacks:

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I gave them options on some assignments, and the challenge that if they could figure out a way to meet the assignment requirements on snapchat, that they could do it. I had my TA sign up as well, and may let him takeover Snapchat one week. My thoughts right now for how I might use it include:

  • daily to 3x a week (we’ll see my energy level) posting something related to the course
    • cartoon, news story related to career development, pet picture with some type of annotation on it, my favorite Parsons’ quote, behind the scenes converting to Canvas, or my TA converting to Canvas, etc.
  • in the days before an assignment is due, start posting a story that they can, in turn, respond to. Since it only lasts for 24 hours, I may have to do this a few times. Or, invite them to send me stuff.
  • Morning of class, post a question for them to ponder or remind them to bring tools (like markers or assessments)
  • After class, post a summary slide, and ask them to add to it.
  • Add a snap portion to the career information safari
  • Snap a picture of the cottingham colloquium

Nervous about this since I really don’t know what I’m doing, but also excited to work with the students to see how this could work. I now have 2 snapchat accounts. If you’d like to follow my personal account, here’s my snap code. 🙂 Let us hear how you are using Snapchat! Will update on the highs and lows as we go through this adventure.deb.JPG