Casey helped me out with his Instagram video, so I thought I'd turn back to him with some insight into the world of Snapchat.
Confession time: I'm old. Example #1: I thought Facebook was where it's at. And then I learned the youth of today think it's for old people. Example #2: I thought Instagram was the new Facebook. And then I noticed that all my students are doing when they're not supposed to be on their phones in class isn't Instagram, it's Snapchat. To which, before watching Casey Neistat's video "Snapchat Murders Facebook," I have simply asked, "what is Snapchat?" Seriously, what is Snapchat? Before watching this video, I was still very much under the impression that it was that "text-a-scandalous-pic-and-it-will-disappear-in-seconds" messaging app. I guess I was wrong. The more time I spend with high school students, the more my being wrong seems to be the case...
But, in all honesty, after watching this video I still must confess that I don't get it. So, since it's apparently not about the lure of disappearing pictures anymore, it's all about this live-action "story" of a snapchatter's day. Curiosity and hearing enough about it in the classroom officially got the best of me after watching this video, so I headed to the App Store to download and see for myself. Well, I can tell you that it's in the Top 5 of popular downloaded apps. So, I'm on Snapchat now.
Until I figure out how to use this contraption, I've got no idea how I can use it in my classroom. My best guess right now is that I can have my students follow me, and add elements from my class to my "story" every day for them to follow along with. I'm really not sure if that will even work, but that's all I've got so far.
My big lesson after watching this video is this: my students will likely always be tapped in to technology that's outside of my realm. And, if I want to connect with them effectively, I should probably learn how to get in on the game. In this instance, I've never felt so old and out of touch with technology. So, I'll do what my wise professors have advised me to do in instances past: ask my students how to work it.
Who's got some advice for this old lady on Snapchat?
(In other news, I loved the Heisenberg reference!)
Neistat, Casey. (2014, October 2). Snapchat Murders Facebook. [Video File]. Retrieved from https://youtu.be/kKSr6h5-fCU?list=PLbRLdW37G3oMquOaC-HeUIt6CWk-FzaGp.