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BeyondtheNews
TECHNOLOGY

Teaching long-term lessons with Snapchat

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Barge learning
An unconventional high school
in Louisiana, which plans to
open in 2018, will be housed on
a barge floating at the mouth
of the Mississippi River, just
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New Harmony High is just one
of 10 schools awarded $10
million grants from XQ: The
Super School Project, which
Laurene Powell Jobs, widow of
Steve Jobs, created to deliver a
new model of learning.
Harmony High students will
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22 April 2017

A how-to guide
for Snapchat in K12
Schools planning to incorporate
Snapchat into a curriculum should
establish a formal written policy.
Junction City High School journalism teacher John Walker suggests
including four key elements:

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Journalism classes at Junction City
High School in Kansas-100 miles
west of Kansas City-use the shortlived social media app Snapchat to
learn long-lived lessons of storytelling.
The students in those classes use
"snaps"-which are either pictures
or 10-second videos taken with their
smartphones that are saved for 24
hours-to report on Geary County
Schools' events such as football games
and pep rallies.
They record an introduction, then
string together the images with captions or use a series of videos to create
a digital narrative.
Students, who act as social media
editors, curate stories from the reporters and post story snaps to the Snapchat feed of The Blue Jay, the school
newspaper. "We're teaching new forms
of storytelling that real journalists
in the field are embracing, and it's a
new way to create content," says John

By Ray Bendici

Walker, student media adviser and
journalism teacher at Junction City
High School, one of many high schools
reportedly incorporating the platform
into its journalism classes. Walker says
it's important to connect with and motivate students through the technology
they already use and understand.
Tutorials and marketing
In another Snapchat assignment, students created a "how to" tutorial for an
activity (such as making a sandwich)
with a series of images and captions.
Even though snaps last only 24 hours
on the app, snaps can be permanently
downloaded and then submitted as an
assignment to Walker.
When it's public and being used to
tell a story, students think twice about
posting anything inappropriate or
whether it can be construed as cyberbullying, Walker says.
Using the app as a storytelling device also helps build marketable skills.
"Years ago there weren't social media
editors, but that's now a career that
students can pursue in college and
their post-secondary options," he says.
Walker and other teachers also use
Snapchat to remind students about upcoming homework assignments and to
share content related to classwork, such
as a current events story.
Social media as teaching tool
Embracing social media as a teaching
tool helps support technology educa-

* Mission statement specifies how
the social media account will be
used, such as for only promoting
the school newspaper.
* Style guide sets standards for
use, such as ensuring all posted
information is held to the same factchecking standards and unbiased
reporting as any school publication.
* Best practices detail how the
account should be handled on a
practical basis, including properly
vetting information from multiple credible sources, avoiding
unfounded speculation, and sourcing administrators as necessary.
* User's role and responsibilities
include expectations for proper
use, including the need to engage
an audience in a professional manner, and to acknowledge and make
corrections where necessary.

tion standards for strengthening digital citizenship and online awareness
encouraged by ISTE. It also promotes
collaboration between students and
teachers as they explore and experiment with new technologies together.
"Using an app that many students
already use increases engagement,"
says Carolyn Sykora, senior director
of standards for ISTE. "It also still
achieves the same student learning
outcomes [as traditional instruction]."
Ray Bendici is special projects editor.
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