Teachers and Colleges are Using Snapchat and Vines in Classrooms
By Emily Ram, Junior Writer
Many Hillcrest students have heard their mothers yell "Get off your phone!"while they are too busy Snapchatting friends and checking out Vines. Many Hillcrest students have heard their teachers say to put their cell phones away while in class.
I'm pretty sure some readers are addicted to apps such as Snapchat and Vine -- apps that give you loads of entertainment every single day. I’m also sure you only use these apps for reaching in contact with your friend purposes. News flash! These apps that you are hooked on can help you and other higher skilled teachers academically.
Schools all around the US have been putting these apps in good use for educational purposes such as to teach foreign languages, English & Science. These apps are also used to promote colleges and help colleges get in touch with their students. Due to the popularity of these apps, it was found that using them for academic reasons would be a positive turnout. If you thought these additive apps couldn’t positively help you out, you were wrong.
What is Snapchat? The explanation is self-explanatory in the title itself. Snapchat is an app that allows you to have conversation through pictures and allows a person to “see” what they are talking about. Snapchat has it’s ups and downs, but it is mainly used to see instead of having to read. Seeing images rather than reading them are good for our visual learners, who learn much better by seeing what the subject is rather than having to learn about it with ears.
At Denver High School in Iowa, Snapchat was used for Foreign Languages purposes when a teacher named Ms. Huff decided to use it to teach her students new vocabulary words. Those 10 second clips come in handy when you have to try to guess a word in another language quickly. "It stimulates your brain," said one student in Huff's class.
Ms. Huff's students had to take real-life examples of these vocabulary words and caption the photo with a word in Spanish. Then, the photos were saved into the Snapchat story allowing students to view it for a full 24 hours; this allowed students to see the word and try to remember it better. To get in touch and see how her students with doing, she created a classroom account and discussed the words they posted in their Snapchat story. "Using Snapchat to complete the assignment wasn't mandatory," said Ms. Huff, "but some students actually found ways to use Snapchat to fully complete the assignment. It is a great way to get students to remember their vocabulary words!"
Not only do high schools use Snapchat, but even colleges are finding good use in this app. According to Time Magazine, the University of Michigan started to use Snapchat after reading a survey that 77% of college students use Snapchat daily. Tennessee Wesleyan College, a private college created a Snapchat account to promote where their mascot would be. College students also have a chance to communicate with the institution that they have chosen with the Tennessee Wesleyan College Snapchat account. They feel as if sending promotional brochures through Snapchat would be much more effective than sending mail to these upcoming college students. Hence, they also felt like that was highly effective to to the excessive use of technology in this generation. “They may see something in the mail and throw it away, but they are always looking at their phone,” said by an interviewed person.
You know Vine for the funny 15 second videos of kids doing wacky things for loads of entertainment, but who knew Vine could be used to teach you? Vine was used to record various educational topics to get the kids learning and excited. Vine was used to record English students practicing Shakespeare of English class. In Springfield, Nebraska, one teacher had her students act out scenes from MacBeth on Vine. As for the use of Vine for younger students, a Elementary school librarian from Naperville, Illinois, frequently posts Vines to get kids excited about reading.
As for engaging kids in Science, another educational topic, Leann Hoelscher, a teacher in elementary school in Palm Springs, California used Vine to record 15 second clips of a science experiment to her students students do to be able to showcase it to other teachers and peers. Specifically, this science experiment was to teacher elementary school kids how to make a garden starter. Vine was used in all three subjects as a use of teaching kids.
Snapchat and Vine are not only used for entertainment purposes, but rather for purposes that can benefit the educational staff in great ways. Imagine a class in which we were told to take out our phones to complete a project!
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