Somewhere online I found the idea of creating an Instagram challenge. Students would be given a list of daily hashtags (words used to group or label photos) and asked to post pictures related to those topics. When done in the target language, this can be an effective way of assessing if students are understanding difficult vocabulary or possibly even getting them curious as to more challenging words not yet studied. My first challenge was to promote World Language Week at school, so I came up with these for the month of March.
My favorite Instagram challenge by far was our most recent one. This December I came up with yet another list and promoted it much better this time. I had it posted in the hallways, I posted a count down online and I even offered prizes. Many students participated between 1-5 days, a few did more than that...and three students posted every single day! It was a lot of fun to see their daily updates in Spanish.
Upon further reflection, I realized that a month is probably too long of a time to keep up the excitement. I think a shorter challenge for one or two weeks will probably gain more momentum. Enjoy some of the goofy/creative submissions I received from our #diciembre challenge. How could you incorporate Instagram into your classroom? What suggestions would you have to improve this idea for the future?