After looking at the two websites from the Diigo list I was impressed by how these two people were able to use technology that I take for granted to teach and do it in a way that is fun an innovative. In the first example that I looked at "If great authors of the past posted to Instagram (and other great authors commented) " I was impressed by how Instagram was used to show if this person knew what they were talking about. By this I mean that the level of knowledge displayed by the author was impressive, not only did they need to know the author posting and their work but also the authors responding. If I was doing this in a literature class I could use this as an assessment tool to know if my students read the material.
The second website I looked at was Catlin Tucker titled "Instagram Scavenger Hunt" where once again Instagram was used a tool but this time for engagement. I recently took my students on an 8th grade field trip to San Francisco. The trip was for students to be able to look at colleges beyond the ones here in San Diego. Now, on this trip I was fortunate that my class was for the most part engaged, but I could of used this either way to have evidence that they were. Now for the students who did not have Instagram I could of paired them with a buddy but in general I now feel I missed an opportunity I won't miss next year. Once again I was impressed how a social tool can be used to teach.
Finally, after looking at these two examples I have begun to realize how important is for me to share my knowledge with the world. For so long I have been trying to keep all my knowledge for myself but that has only lead to me knowing and my staff not knowing how to implement technology in the classroom. As I move forward on this path I need to let go of my fear of sharing and share my knowledge with the only community.
Abraham. (2013, Sep 11). If Great Authors of the Past Posted to Instagram (and Other Great Authors Commented). Retrieved from http://goo.gl/bthoY2.
Kleon, A. (2014). Show Your Work: 10 Ways to Share Your Creativity and Get Discovered. New York: Workman Publishing Company.
Tucker, C. (2013, February 26). Instagram Scavenger Hunt. Retrieved July 17, 2015, from http://catlintucker.com/2013/02/instagram-scavenger-hunt/