By Guest Writer, Betsie Jonas (Reading Horizons Social Media Expert)
As a social media junkie, I have used Vine in my personal life many times, and I have thought about how it could be used in education. Does it have a place in the classroom?
The answer: Yes.
Twitter and Vine (Twitter’s video sharing site) can be great resources in the classroom.
If you don’t have a Twitter account, you should get one. You can sign up and make a private account, where no one can view your updates, unless you approve them. You can set up one for your classroom that can be used for in-class activities that can be viewed only in the classroom. You can also allow parents to follow the account, and tweet reminders of homework, permission slips, report cards, etc. You can set up a Twitter account at www.twitter.com. It is easy and free.
If you haven’t heard of Vine, I will fill you in. Vine is Twitter’s new video sharing social network, available on iPhone, iTouch, and iPad. The Android version is in the making. Like Instagram, it allows people to share the things they capture with a camera on a personalized profile. The video then goes onto a newsfeed, where anyone who follows you can view the video.
Vine videos can also be put on Twitter or Facebook by just checking a box (or two) when you finish taking your video. All of these videos will show up on your profile, which again, can be protected. This way, your students will only see what is on your profile, not what is on your newsfeed from other people.
Ready for the cool part about Vine? The videos can only be six seconds long. SIX! You would be surprised how much you can fit in there! It allows for easy and clear stop-motion video, or a full six second shot.
8 ways you can use Vine to enhance your reading instruction:
1. Use Vine videos to teach your students about inference. You can film a few shots of something (like I have done below) and then let the students discuss what they think is going on in the video, or what caused the scene.
2. Use Vine to make in-class projects more entertaining by having students create and upload their own videos relating to lesson material.
3. Have students re-create scenes from books they are reading using Vine to showcase their interpretation of the story.
4. Get students excited about an upcoming unit by using Vine to create a unit preview.
5. Use Vine videos to teach students how to predict what will happen next in a story. You can stop a story at a critical point, and ask the students to create videos saying what they think will happen.
6. Help students memorize critical concepts. Vine videos are looped, so they continuously play what you record. This is great to teach things that need to be committed to memory, such as times tables or phonetic concepts (the video below helps students memorize this rule: K takes I and E, C takes the other three).
7. Have students build their vocabulary be creating six second representations of new words.
8. Help students learn how to pronounce new words by turning the sound on a Vine recording on, and connect the pronunciation of each word to a visual.
What do you think? How do you use social media in your classroom? Put your ideas for social media in the comments below.
Don't forget to follow Reading Horizons on Twitter and Vine (by searching for Reading Horizons on your Vine account)!