Instagram during classes

Posted by Raquel Ribeiro

One fact that motivated me to use this particular social network was the growing number of users. Instagram brings a visual engagement and dynamism that appeal to young people and adults.

First step

Create a unique account for your role as a teacher for educational purposes. I suggest leaving the profile open because the students can find us easily and interact even if they choose not to follow us.

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Showcasing students’ production in Instagram

This link shows data from the US but it certainly reflects the current trend of preference in many other countries. As the class is a lab to equip students for real life, I understand that educational apps are good but we need to go beyond that.

Below I share my experience on using the app Instagram to encourage students to research, interact and share content.

Average: 5 (1 vote)

Supplementary resource - Virtual Reality in the EFL Class

The inspiration to believe that inserting VR in my EFL classes was feasible came from watching this video:

Cardboard + lenses = accessible VR
This is possible because of Google Cardboard Box. More info here

I got fascinated by the possibilities shown :

Average: 5 (2 votes)

Gamifying the reading

Let’s understand realia within this context as: real-world articles from the internet, taken from websites.

Even though the availability of articles is huge, the main challenge to most students is the motivation to get started and go through a serie of tasks that usually follow the reading.

Average: 3.5 (2 votes)

YLE crafting their collaborative game

Let me start by quoting Carol Read on the definition of kinesthetic learning: “Kinesthetic learning is to do with positively harnessing bodily movement and a variety of fine-tuned physical skills in the service of learning. It is associated with a ‘hands on’, ‘doing’ approach in which children are physically involved in the process of learning through such things as manipulating objects, movement, gym, aerobics, dance, drama, mime, craft activities or making models. Kinesthetic learning activities are usually actively engaging and enjoyable.

Average: 3.5 (2 votes)

Smartphones & Learning possibilities in the EFL class

mobile as a tool for learning
Do you ban the use of phones in the class or embrace the technology? How can you use the smart phone as a tool for teaching and learning? I’m an English teacher from Sao Paulo, Brazil and I’d like to share with fellow colleagues from all over the world my experience on using mobile phones as a learning tool in my classes.
Average: 4.1 (12 votes)

The 7-step Listening Challenge

 How can your students develop their listening while away from your English classes ?

A learner training moment of reflection on how to take responsibility for their language acquisition.


Quiz me


*Do you need to train your ears for the different accents and pronunciation out there?

Average: 3.4 (12 votes)


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