When Ms. Scheffer introduced the idea of incorporating Snapchat in the classroom, I thought she was crazy. But just as she has proved to me that every other social media can be used academically and to further connectivity in the classroom, she proved that Snapchat has potential too.
In this tutorial I explain how to apply filters to Snapchats and videos, as well as how to either add Snapchats to your “Story” or save them directly to your camera roll. In addition, Ms. Scheffer and I briefly discuss the possible applications of Snapchat in the classroom, and how it could benefit both teachers and students. Although filters seem like their purpose is only to be a funny addition to a picture, many of them could be used academically: Filters that feature animals could potentially be used in biology classes to spice up a homework assignment. The “Story” feature is an easy way to send out information, permission slip forms, homework assignments, or any other reminders to all students. In fact, the ability teachers have to track who has and has not viewed a particular Snapchat would reduce excuses that students had not seen the work.
Connecting with students on a multitude of social media platforms of which they are already involved is necessary in this day and age. The reality is that students no longer check their email constantly; they check their Snapchat. As an example, Ms. Scheffer is interested in learning more about how her use of Snapchat could connect her with students or parents in a meaningful way, as she has done with other social medias, such as twitter. Rather than emailing me a link or assignment, she sends me Twitter DMs (direct messages) in order to connect more quickly and conveniently. Reaching out to students in this way demonstrates that a teacher is interested in helping and connecting, and as a result, students can have a more engaged and fulfilling academic experience.
As a graduating senior who has experienced four years of a variety of instructional strategies by teachers, both progressive and traditional, I recommend that all teachers incorporate social media into their classrooms.