ACTE Techniques February 2014 - (Page 60)

E-Connect Gram Trackers: Eight Ways To Use Instagram ® to Promote CTE Month By Brian Jenkins newsletters and dusty external FEBRUARY IS HERE AND YOUNG HEARTS TURN THEIR ATTENTION TO App/Website/Social Search Engine This past December, Microsoft quietly delved into the social media world with the launch of its new social networking service, "Socl." Socl-pronounced "social"-lets users create picture collages and animated media files that can be shared with friends. Users can then post visual comments, called "riffs," under the collages and media. Socl can be beneficial to a CTE educator displaying students' progress throughout a semester or showing off projects with multiple visual components. Socl is currently available on iOS, Android and Windows Phone. 60 Techniques February 2014 that most romantic of celebrations ... CTE Month! That's right, February is Career and Technical Education Month across the country, and thousands of CTE educators will take to Facebook and Twitter to highlight the exemplary work of their students. As social media moves more in the audio/visual direction, some are asking how educators can leverage the power of photo- and video-sharing platforms like Instagram to tell the #careerteched story. E-Connect is here to inspire you with eight ways to use your Instagram account to not only promote your students' work, but also to celebrate the value of CTE with opinion and policymakers across the country. Before March comes in like a lion, consider the following ways to use Instagram: 2. 3. 1. Make postcards: Are you a CTSO advisor or some other CTE educator who travels with your students? Then you probably have taken quite a few photos of your students' work over the years. Why have them languish in school cials back home see the great work of your students by mailing them Instagram postcards. Services such as Postagram enable users to mail Instagram postcards for as little as $1. Build a collage: Is that collage at the back of your classroom feeling a little drab? Why not liven it up with some colorful Instagram photos? Apps like PostalPix create square prints of your Instagram photos. If you're looking for something a little more nostalgic, the service Prinstagram offers Polaroid-style miniprints of your favorite Instagram photos. A word of caution: You might have to explain to your students what a Polaroid is. Create CTE Month refrigerator magnets: Social media websites like Facebook and Pinterest have often been called electronic versions of your refrigerator door. So why not reverse it? Stickygram allows users to take their most interesting photos and design

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of ACTE Techniques February 2014

Leading Edge
Classroom Connection
Leadership Matters
Capitol View
Q and A
Celebrating CTE's Successes
Celebrating One of CTE's Strongest Advocates
Hell Hath No Fury Like a Tornado Spawned
Rebuilding With Education
Making CTE Work Through CTSOs
The Power of CTSOs
A Recap of ACTE's CareerTech Vision 2013
Using Tests to Improve Student Achievement
Ground Source Heat Pumps: From Green to Gold
Inside ACTE
Career Curve

ACTE Techniques February 2014