#myFavFriday- Instagram Learning

So this week I have to share some greatness that has been going on outside of my classroom as my FAVORITE thing this week. All through our unit on numerical understandings where we defined rational numbers as well as positive and negative numbers, my students kept bringing up infinity when it came to examples or non-examples.

As a resourceful teacher, I wanted to make sure that my students had accurate representations for what infinity was and what it wasn’t. Granted, my students are in 7th grade and 12 so we didn’t get into the Calculus of the matter {despite the fact that my Calculus teaching father probably could have spoke for eternity about it}.

So in class on Thursday as we were defining negative numbers, infinity came up once more. I posed the question to my students below and allowed them to respond.

What resulted in a great conversation by students that even evolved into the classroom today as well is as follows:



So why does this make me proud? Because on a Thursday night, after a football game, my students were engaged in math in somethign they wanted to learn more about!

 Oh, and one student came in today with a piece of paper with three reasons, including a proof, of why infinity was neither positive or negative! I was ecstatic!

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    • Jennifer says

      Melissa,

      All of this was done directly on Instagram. This allows me to post school related pictures or questions and have my students give feedback. It is working wonders with my middle school kiddos because they are constantly on it anyways.

      Thanks for asking.
      Jenn

      • Michelle says

        You note at the beginning of your post that your students are 12. As a teacher and model of positive digital citizenship, I wonder if that conflicts with the apps user agreement (must be 13). I understand that parents are allowing their children to create the accounts but it does send a confusing message about responsible use. I don’t want that to take away from the awesome realization that your students were responding to a math inquiry outside of class.

        • Jennifer says

          Michelle,

          You bring up a good point. My students range from 11-14 with the average being around 12. Most of them use parents accounts for iTunes and therefore the terms are already bypassed because they are setup in the parents names. When it comes to downloading apps, I see that as a parents responsibility to monitor what the students are doing online and in social media. I have taken the steps to talk to them about guarding themselves, not giving out personal information, etc. as a part of our acceptable use policy.

          I like being able to use various apps (Instagram, Twitter and edModo) with my students because it is completely open to the public and archives regularly so as to protect each party involved.

          You do bring up a valid point though. Thanks.

          Jenn

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