- I will announce the challenge when an opportunity arises; this will often be for "Throwback Thursday."
- You must respond to my challenge by posting a photo with a caption completely in Spanish.
- The theme and requirements for the post will be detailed in my challenge--refer to that.
- End your caption with: (1) the hash-tag "#bhspan3" and (2) the user-tag "@srta_hawkins" in order for me to see it.
- Examples are found at the bottom of the page; the vocab words are underlined in yellow, note how I ended my caption with the hash-tag (#bhspan3) and user-tag (@srta_hawkins).
- What if I don't have Instagram? If you have access to a smartphone or tablet device you can create an instagram account just for your purposes as a student in my Spanish class. Or, if you have a twitter account (accessible from any computer--not just a device) you can send me a tweet with a photo as long as you include both "#bhspan3" and "@srta_hawkins" in the tweet (examples here). Again, you can also create a twitter account just for your purposes as a student in my Spanish class. If you don't have a twitter account, you can also email me a picture with a caption at email@example.com. Lastly, you may bring a physical photo print with caption to class to turn in.
- I am a private user of Instagram so how will you see my posts? Tweet or email me the url link to your post--this should enable you to share your post with me even you're private and we're not following each other. My email is: firstname.lastname@example.org Example of how to share private instagram. Example of how to share private tweet.
- My tweets are protected so how will you see my tweets? Email me the url link to your post--this should enable you to share your post with me even you're private and we're not following each other. Hopefully this will still allow me to comment on your post.
- The url link didn't work, now what? Take a screenshot of your instagram or tweet and email me the image attachment at email@example.com.
- Can I follow you on Instagram or Twitter? Yes! Please do! This is one additional way I announce the extra credit challenges. Feel free to comment on my posts--there may be some extra credit involved there as well. I also announce cultural events that are happening in the area that would be very enriching to what we are studying in Spanish :).
- Can you follow me on Instagram or Twitter? No. Though I set up an account for my teaching purposes only, it is a liability for me to follow my students social media accounts (whether they are personal or student accounts). If you are not a private Instagram user or your Tweets are not protected, know that I, like any other stranger, can see your posts, but because I'm not following you, you never show up in my newsfeeds. I have better things to do than stalk your social media accounts, but, as always, be careful with what you share publicly because other strangers and I always have to power to see those things. I only look at posts that include the class hash-tag or my user-tag. If you are a public user of Twitter, this means you've given me (like any other stranger) permission to retweet your tweets which I will do on occasion--because I really like showing off how awesome you are.
- I have an Instagram and/or Twitter, but I don't want to put school things on it, how can I still get extra credit? Of course you may create a separate account for school purposes only and receive extra credit the same way if you'd really like to go through the trouble of that. I think it's fun to share what you're learning in Spanish class--not embarrassing. I am proud of what you guys are learning and you should be too--people are totally interested! You can also receive feedback from peers, classmates, and Spanish-speaking friends. It's a great way to meet Spanish-speaking friends or people that could support you in learning Spanish (maybe even find some potential tutors!). Plus, it's a great way to remind your classmates that the extra credit is due and you will not be alone.
- With so many alternatives, why use social media at all? I request that you opt in to using the social media options first. Please only email or bring me photos if you really don't have access to Twitter or Instagram. I believe extra credit should be equally accessible to all my students and for that reason I have created alternative options for students whose social media use is restricted. I like using technology to motivate my Spanish class because I think it makes learning more personal and it gets you to communicate for authentic purposes. I also love seeing your posts and responding to them! It's so easy to use an application you're already familiar with.