This year, I wanted to create a community where students felt comfortable and secure, without feeling pressured to be present in an academic community at all times. I chose to make a point of engaging with my students through technology and debated a variety of platforms: LMS’ like Google Classroom and Schoology, Google+ groups, Twitter, and Instagram. For me, Instagram is the perfect choice for meeting students at their level and focusing on our interaction rather than something worth points toward a numerical grade.
Once I chose Instagram, I could not find any guidelines or helpful hints for getting started! Through many searches and twitter chats, I cobbled together an idea of what decisions needed to be made, and what research needed to be done, to get one started. I hope that I save a few other educators time by sharing the questions I contemplated before starting a classroom Instagram account.