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6 classroom activities inspired by social networks

The use of social networks is rarely done at school ... However, it is possible to capture the attention of students by offering them activities that are similar. Here are 6 inspiring ideas, along with downloadable models or interactive simulators.

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The use of social networks is rarely done at school ... However, it is possible to capture the attention of students by offering them activities that are similar. Here are 6 inspiring ideas, along with downloadable models or interactive simulators.

Matt Miller, who taught high school Spanish for ten years in Indiana, is a mine of ideas for geeky teachers. No wonder he is considered one of the most important influencers in the world in the use of digital technology in education.

Recently he posted on his blog this list of 10 inspiring ideas to capitalize on the youth craze for social media. “If your students aren't on social media yet, they probably know everything about them! », He believes. And in his opinion, it is not necessary to use them "for real" if we want to recreate the experience. Here are 6 ideas from the original article.

1. Inspired by Snapchat 

Play "My face when ...", to embody words or ideas, but using Google Slides. We find here more explanations (in English) and a template to download.

2. Inspired by Facebook 

Use the "Fakebook" tool from ClassTools to create a fake profile of a historical figure. To create a realistic profile, students will need to use creativity and critical thinking.

3. Inspired by TikTok 

Use Google Slides to create a public service announcement in video format, TikTok style. “Kids and adults alike are already excitedly shooting, uploading and sharing videos on TikTok,” says Matt Miller. To use it in the classroom, the model and the pedagogical approach are here.

4. Inspired byInstagram 

Create Instagram Stories (stories) using Google Slides, in which students demonstrate a skill and teach others via video. " The stories Instagram are very popular and a great feature to work on the narrative diagram. Users can capture important moments in photos or videos and chain them together for others to watch using this model.

5. Inspired by texting 

Imagine a dialogue between characters for a creative writing activity using the online application ifaketextmessage.com.

6. Inspired by Pinterest 

Create a Pinterest-style board with Google Slides or Powerpoint. “Pinterest is a great source of inspiration for illustrations and projects. It also allows you to share your creations; students can use the layout and curb appeal of a Pinterest board and then present them in class, ”suggests Matt Miller. Here is a model ready to use.  

And you, what are your ideas for taking advantage of the appeal of young people to social media in order to capture their attention? Email us about it at info@ecolebranchee.com.

To learn more about the tools presented in this article, Carrefour education offers you these few resources in French:

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Audrey Miller
Audrey Millerhttps://ecolebranchee.com
General manager of École branchée, Audrey holds a graduate degree in educational technologies and a bachelor's degree in public communication. Member of the Order of Excellence in Education of Quebec, she is particularly interested in the professional development of teachers, information in the digital age and media education, while actively creating bridges between the actors of the educational ecosystem since 1999. She is involved these days in particular in Edteq Association and as a member of the ACELF Communications Committee. When she has free time, she is passionate about her children, his rabbits, horses, good wine and... Web programming!

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