Podcasts, Vodcasts, Vlogs…Huh?

I love listening to podcasts…I’ll be honest, I don’t normally listen to them from the teacher or librarian side though, I like to listen to them for the sheer pleasure. I absolutely love to listen to Ted Radio Hour, The Chalene Show for health and fitness reasons, beauty secrets and tips from The Skinny Confidential and Enjoying Everyday Life with Joyce Myers to get in some soul food. I have always used Pocket Casts to house my podcast channels on, but have found myself using Spotify a little bit too. I also listen to my new district’s podcast through Facebook, which you can find here. So many avenues and such a great way to get in a little bit more knowledge as you’re driving around running errands, working out or even getting ready in the mornings for work. My husband has been obsessed with The Joe Rogan Experience which is pretty awesome (but the language is for grown up ears only).

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Today I come to you giving you ideas, tools and advice as an educator who likes to create her own podcasts, vlogs (video blogs) and even vodcasts (video podcasts). Although I love to read, I don’t always have time and I feel like I can absorb listening to others talking about subjects and ideas I’m interested in just as my six year absorbs what I read to him at night before bed. Even when I taught fifth graders, they would beg for me to read to them…there’s just something about having someone else read to you that is so calming and enjoyable.

In this post you will find my reviews for several sites that you can host podcasts through or create video podcasts to upload to a host site or Youtube. I have also shared a podcast episode that I worked with Molly Childs, a fellow colleague, on (check out her blog here). We created one as a simple audio podcast housed through Podbean (check out my review below) and the other was the audio and video portion through WeVideo (make sure you read my review though on this one!). Molly wrote the script and I recorded it. I think we make one heck of a team!

Let’s begin with my favorite site to host podcasts on-Podbean. I actually used a different site (that I’ll review next) but was disappointed when I tried to share a post that contained one of my podcasts in it and the podcast was gone! Ugh! So I hopped on Podbean and have had wonderful luck! It’s free and there’s even an app for it! You can search for other podcasts to listen to on your desktop browser as well. It allows you up to 500 characters to type under your podcast and you can add a picture to it also. You can house your episodes all in one location and it’s super user friendly. podbean

Another host site is Buzzsprout. Now, I started out thinking this site was everything and more…then I got burned. It’s pretty easy to use upfront. It does tell you that you have only a certain amount of time to record during each cycle. What you don’t realize is that they only host your audio file for a certain amount of time. Then they delete it without letting you know. The next thing-your podcast episode is gone and you have to hope you saved the mp3 file on your computer so you can go to a better site such as Podbean and upload it again.  I think if you are serious about podcast and post a new episode weekly or even monthly, this would be a good option, but of course you would need to pay. As a rookie or someone who is trying the whole podcast thing out, this probably isn’t the best bet. buzzsprout

Ok, so both Podbean and Buzzsprout are sites that host AUDIO files for podcasts, but lets talk about one where you can create a video podcast, which some refer to as vodcasts. These are fun because they include audio, video and music (if you wish) along with titles and such as well. Now, I know what you are thinking-why can’t I just use iMovie or something like Animoto for this? The answer is-YOU CAN! But let me share with you a site I was told about by a fellow colleague who visited TCEA and learned all about this. The site is called WeVideo. Now, I really loved this site, but be warned-there are some hiccups with it that were so frustrating. Let me explain…

Screen Shot 2019-07-16 at 9.39.37 PMIt begins so wonderful and turns into a nightmare. WeVideo is a fantastic way to get access to over a million stock images and video, as well as music. They have tons of templates and it’s a fun way to add video and music to a podcast or any other type of video. They have options for plans and they even tell you that you can sign up with a valid school email for a FREE 30 day educational trial. It clearly states all the wonderful features you can use in the trial, such as access to all the images in the Essential Media Library and more. However, this is my hang up. I poured a couple of hours into the video podcast, found the perfect template, perfect images and videos and recorded my voiceover, only to be told upon trying to export and finish it, that I would need to purchase the school plan before doing so. WHAT?! Nowhere did it say I could only play with the features for free, but not actually be able to utilize them…what’s the point in that? So I thought, it’s all good, I can purchase a single professional license and be able to still download. Well that wasn’t quite the case. The message box that comes up when you try to switch from the school trial to an individual plan is scary. It tells you that you will lose everything if you cancel the trial. I reached out through email, because there is no phone service-Yes, you heard me right. None. There is a phone number, but its a recording that tells you to leave an email. The emails did not come through in a timely fashion and I started to hyperventilate. One email that finally worked said that I would not lose my work, however, that did not console me, because after taking the plunge and hitting cancel to switch the plans, another box popped up (see below) that only gave me the options to join a district plan or to downgrade or cancel. Well, none of those are good options when you are wanting to SWITCH to an individual plan and not one of those. It also says you’ll lose full access and I wasn’t sure if that also meant access to what I had created so far. So I plunged in and prayed hard and selected to downgrade. Thank goodness luck was on my side. My video was still there AND finally in the top right hand area of the screen, it gave me the option to simply upgrade. After that, everything was fine. I don’t know about you, but when I have spent hours working on something that I deem is great, I freak out when it gets pulled out from under me! It’s like when your computer crashes and you didn’t save your word document (which I haven’t had happen since early college days). img_0859.jpg

I did end up still using WeVideo for my vodcast with Molly, but only because I have now paid for it for at least a month (I will have to remember to cancel soon so I don’t get charged again) and because I spent a lot of time making it look and sound great!

Molly Childs, who I worked collaboratively with for the podcast over makerspace and STEAM, gave a great review over Audioboom.

Like most, signing up for Audioboom is free for the basic version. As a podcaster, you pay
$9.99/monthly and receive unlimited episodes a moth, up to 10,000 plays, multiple means of
distribution, and analytics to breakdown the app device and geographic region. For the more
established podcaster, one with over 10,000 plays per episode, there is another option that you can
choose that helps you earn money. This was the only program I saw that had an opportunity like that,
allowing the website itself to help you profit instead of doing it yourself. The free version allows you to
start publishing the day you sign up and has no contracts or commitments, allowing the ability to stop at
any time. Overall, the commitment to its customers is something that took me aback due to the
honesty and up front information on the home screens.

As podcasts go, this program was the easiest to find a podcast that I enjoyed. Once you load the
homepage, click podcasts, and you are brought to a new webpage that allows you to choose the topic
you fall under: podcasters, advertisers, or listeners. There are Audioboom Originals and an Audioboom
Network one can peruse through to find the perfect podcast. After sifting through a few sites, I found
this one to be the easiest to navigate, choose, and listen to. Most importantly, I felt as if Audioboom
truly cared about their podcasters and customers, something we don’t see as often as we should today.

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As I stated in the beginning, I think Podbean is my favorite of all, but I really did enjoy WeVideo, I just think they need to fine tune it a bit more when it comes to the customer service side. Even still, this site is so much fun to use and I can see it being wonderful for students to use and really dig into how to make a video. It uses all the right parts from adding pictures, videos clips within the video, transitions, voiceovers, music, theme titles and captions and more! It really was incredible. I enjoyed learning how to do things within it and I’m pretty good with using raw footage to create videos within iMovie. This was just…better.

Here is the podcast Molly and I did. One is the whole package, whereas the other is perfect for just listening as you drive or workout. We included a pdf file link under the Podbean podcast episode in case you would like to read what is said instead. Podbean only allows 500 words, so we had to link the pdf instead of putting the script in.

https://www.wevideo.com/view/1428262648 (for some reason the embedded link wouldn’t work)

Podbean Podcast: Makerspaces…

Podcast: Makerspace and STEAM in the Library

Let us know what you think!

Cartoons and Comic Strips? Why not?

I use to have a bad taste in my mouth about comic books. Not necessarily because of data or something I read about them being a bad influence, I simply was not into comics. I grew up in a house full of girls…like straight up GIRLY girls and comics just weren’t our thing.

As I began teaching ten years ago, I never really had comic books on my classroom bookshelf and I never had a demand for them from my fourth grade students. When I taught kindergarten, I would get a few here and there from the DC Comics collection as readers for my students who were reading on a second grade level or higher. Then out of nowhere, comics exploded. I started seeing them everywhere and for all ages. I’m not sure if it was because I had blinders on or just never really had the demand for them, but now, I feel like I can’t get enough of them.

I was reading several YA books and novels last summer and discovered how they make comics for even books such as Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson. I think comics are wonderful and relatable for so many students. It’s a way for them to understand better and sometimes to cope, according to a piece from  The Secret History of Wonder Woman by Jill Lepore.

I have never really played with creating comics or cartoons, unless you count bitmoji on my phone 😝. Here is mine for that via Zmoji 😉

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These are fun to use on your phone and to add a fun touch to blogs, websites and syllabuses, but below are some actual sites I tried in order to make some fun comic strips. I tried each site for something different. All had their ups and downs though and none were perfect by any means.

Let’s start with a site called Toondoon. Ever heard of it? No? Yeah, me either. So this site was great in a couple of ways. For starters, there were lots of FREE elements. You could add several panels to your comic as well as choose from a plethora of comic characters with backgrounds and pieces. You could even search for specific things which I thought was handy. One thing I didn’t care for (and spent WAY too much time on to not get right) was the ability to create a character in the likeness of you (or whoever you want it to look like). I did feel like it was easy to use and save and/or share. You can click on button and copy the same panel onto the next so you can have some of the same elements, but change whatever you need as you go. You also can change the expressions of the characters easily and the posture too. I created a three panel comic strip below that would be useful for the first few weeks of school. A teacher could even had it printed and posted outside the door to the classroom as a reminder of what to bring to class and what to begin working on when the bell rings. I used a stock character since I was unable to create one in the likeness of myself.

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The next website I tried was called Pixton. I actually really loved this site except for one (kind of big) thing…you are SOOOOO limited on what you can use for free. I was thinking of recreating the same comic strip I did with Toondoon to compare, however, I realized after clicking around, that you have 3-4 backgrounds you can use for free. They are all of dinosaurs and volcanoes. 🤨 Since this was what I had to work with, I decided to create a little strip for the beginning of a lesson over dinosaurs. It was kind of fun and honestly I began to think back to my own second grade classroom, Mrs. Zinkie’s class, and think about all the things I learned about dinosaurs. (She was amazing!) Besides the fact that you are limited to the backgrounds and expressions and such that you can use, the rest is pretty fabulous. You can create your own characters very easily. You can share and print and download your comics with no problems AND you can create classes and share comics with your kids! How wonderful! I finished this comic off with a question which could easily be answered with students creating their own comics! I thought that was pretty awesome.


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The last site I tried and succeed with was Makebeliefscomix which is free and doesn’t require you to sign up in order to create a comic. I used this site to create a simple remake of a personal narrative I did when I taught kindergarten writing. This would be perfect to stay up all year for your littles like kindergarten and first grade as an example during their writing time. My older students (4th-5th graders) would enjoy creating their own stories using this site! You could even use it for students to recreate a story they read.


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I had a lot of fun making these, but I won’t lie, there was a lot of frustration also. I think the most user friendly one for teachers would be the Pixton site. It was friendly enough to create and put your own spin on your comics, as well as share and have a whole class option. Even if one has to pay for it, I think it would be a worthy investment. The most kid friendly comic making site would be the Makebeliefcomix site since there is no need to sign in. It’s limited to stock images they have, but for young students just getting started, it would be great! Definitely a good place for beginners.

I think the ways I illustrated I used the comic creating sites would be the exact way I would encourage teachers at my campus to use them. I would also think they could be used as print outs in different areas of the library for when I am not physically able to help students. Those areas and times could be when I am with a class, but a student can’t remember how to do self-checkout, or for the procedures for beginning and cleaning up the makerspace area. They could even be used to remind students how to sign on and off the computers within the learning commons. Honestly, students are so responsive to comics and that means they could be used virtually anywhere and for all contents.

***I did attempt to download an app for my iPad called Tellagami. However, the app was outdated and said it wasn’t updated by the developer to work on iOS 11 or newer. I also noticed the reviews for this app were old…the newest one being from 2016.

Know of any new comic maker sites or apps? Feel free to share with me in my comments section!

Video and QR Codes in the Library

“Mom, Dennis Daily has this cool website where you can buy Sir Meows A lot! Can I get one?!”

This was just the conversation I had with my son about his favorite Youtuber…he’s six and has a favorite Youtuber?! Yes. My son is obsessed with watching Youtube. Want to know what he likes watching on there??? He likes watching guys who are gamers play their game and give play by play as they do so…sounds pretty dumb to me. I mean, I ask him all the time why he just doesn’t play the game versus watch someone else play and he just gets upset and tells me, “just because, Mom.” (with an eyeroll of course).

This just shows me how powerful Youtube can be for ALL ages. There is so much junk out there on Youtube, but there are also lots of helpful, educational videos and channels and honestly anyone can create one! (I mean, have you seen the little kids who do toy reviews?!)

Below are some videos from library channels that are both helpful, educational and enjoyable for students to watch. Check them out below!

These two videos are from theunquietlibrary on Youtube. The first is the video I think (and views show) students would enjoy the most. The second is the one that I found to be most helpful.

These two are from pikesvillehslibrary on Youtube. The first is the most enjoyable whereas the second is the most helpful.

The following two videos are from the Youtube channel of TheNHSlibrary. The first is the more beneficial for students, the second being most popular.

These are pretty awesome from bbsmedia! Both are super likable by students because they 1)they involve students 2)they involve their librarian 3)they are also helpful. I find the first one more enjoyable and the second more of a resource.

And for kicks, check this video parody out for overdue books! hehe

On another note…let’s talk a little about Animoto. Used it before? I have and I kind of remember after using it again recently why I don’t ever use it…Don’t get me wrong, it really is great and pretty user friendly for anyone looking to make a simple video such as book trailers, how to videos, project presentations, and more, BUT one thing I really think is a bummer is the fact that you have to hit the save button constantly as you add new images, textboxes and changes or you’ll lose everything you’ve worked on (this may have happened to me 🙈). I am use to web tools saving my projects as I work (Canva, WordPress and Google docs to name a few), but this doesn’t do that and I can see students possibly having the same issue. Overall though, I do think it’s pretty handy. Scan the QR code below to check out my attempt at a book trailer over the book Serafina and the Black Cloak. 

Serafina and the Black CloakSerafina Review from Goodreads.com

I know it seems that everyone in the world knows what QR codes at this point (they’ve been around for some time now), but in case you aren’t familiar, let me explain. QR codes are like special barcodes that when scanned by your phone or tablet (a QR scanner app has to be downloaded first) takes you to a website, image, video, or really anything! Pretty awesome if you ask me! When I taught I would use QR codes all the time. Usually I used them for students to scan to check their answers after playing scoot or a math station. My sister who is a high school English teachers uses them for students to scan in order to be taken to Padlet for a specific reason or lesson. I think I would love to use them in the library in different sections, where students could scan them to play book trailers or maybe use them in a library scavenger hunt of some sort.

Some popular QR scanners/generators are:

Also, unbeknownst to me at the time, I have had a link to Kathy Schrock’s Guide to Everything on my phone for QR readers! WOW! How crazy is that since I felt like I just realized how amazing she is! Click here for the link!

These are all such fantastic resources to use in the library (as you can see!) Let me know what other thoughts you have on how to use them! I can’t wait to make some fun videos with my kiddos next year for overdue books! 😉

The Mindset List


As educators we (for the most part) make every attempt to connect with our students on some level outside of the academics in the four walls we call home 8 hours of the day. If you think about it, and I’m sure you have, we spend more time with our students than they get to spend with their actual parents during the week. Sure they are with them 16 hours out of the 24 (or less due to parents’ work hours), but they sleep for 10-12 of those hours so teachers, librarians, aids and admin really must make the time we have with our students count.

I will say, I consider myself “young” and “hip” and assume I know everything there is to know about life outside the classroom for my school kids. I do have a six year old son who keeps me in the loop with video games, apps and what’s in on Youtube, and I’m pretty good at talking with my students about what they like, and what’s going on in their worlds, etc.. Despite those efforts though, I have had an epiphany that I’m still not 100% up to speed on their world. I have stepped up with my kids the past three years, going from third grade to fifth grade with them. We are all very close and I have a great relationship with my parents and students, especially since I was teaching in a 3A district with three schools total. Even with three years with my students, I came to realize just this week that things that are completely normal to them are foreign to me, and visa-versa, things that are normal to me, are foreign to them.

I came to this conclusion when one of my professors in my graduate program suggested a website to read. I had never heard of this site prior, but apparently it goes back to 2005 (the lists that is, which you will understand in a sec). The site is called The Mindset List. The first list I read about was The Mindset List: Class of 2022. These lists are lists that Ron Nief writes that contain things (people, places, events, etc.) that in a way define the college class of that year. So the list for the class of 2022 has norms and facts on it that have to do with those specific kids. After reading this list, I came to understand that there is a bigger gap than I thought between me and my students. I may know what kind of games are popular on the Playstation (1, 2, 3, 4…?) or Xbox and I may know that they like TikTok as a form of social media and just to lip sing on, but I wasn’t fully aware of things that were right in front of myself, but that I didn’t stop to pay attention to.

Here’s an example (using myself):

According to the list for the college class of 2022 (Nief, 2017), “Same-sex couples have always found marital bliss in the Netherlands,” meaning that same-sex marriage is a norm for this class; they know nothing different. However, when I was growing up homosexuality wasn’t talked about out in the open and here in the south (think Republic of Texas), same-sex marriage simply did not happen. For my mother (56), interracial relationships were taboo when she was little, but are nothing to think about for my generation.

I know this seems like a crazy example, but for people my age and older, same-sex marriage is still a political topic that causes blood pressure to rise and people to be mean and say hateful things. I use this example because this is what I want educators to understand and what I want my students to know:

My heart, my mind, my library will BE THE GOOD. No matter what my religious or political beliefs, no matter how old I am, no matter what it going on in society, I will make sure my library or classroom is a safe haven for whomever comes in. There will be no judging or ridicule, only love and goodness. As an educator, a teacher, a librarian, I am here to teach and I choose to make sure I teach all my students, colleagues, friends and even social media followers how to be a good person. That no matter how different we are and no matter how different we may see things, we all have good in us and it helps no one to be ugly or hateful just because they don’t see eye to eye.

I implore you to take a gander at the lists. Check them out and see how different your students are from you-the age gap, the celebrities, the wars, the tragedies, the politics, the digital age…check them all out. I think you might find it eye opening.

And feel free to share or comment! But please-be nice!



Social Media and Its Place in Education

Social Media

Before I jump into the world of social media and how it can be a productive tool in the education world, let me take you down memory lane.

It was 1992 and I was in second grade. We all loved our computer class that we attended once a week for about thirty minutes. This was my norm all through grade school until I was in junior high. I didn’t have a computer at home and we only had one land line to share amongst me and my two younger sisters (talking on the phone was our “social media” back then). In 7th grade I remember logging in on AOL messenger to chat with my friends for a few minutes a week at my grandparents’ house. It was dial up and super slow, so I didn’t get on very often. Until my ninth grade year, I had to use their computer for research and I can vividly recall Yahoo! as the search engine. In 1999 my mother remarried and we moved into a new home. It was then that we got our first computer which had no Internet, but gave me a place to type my reports and print them in the comfort of my home. Throughout high school, I utilized technology as much as I could at school and loved my BCIS class, which I believe set my foundation for my computer skills. It wasn’t until I graduated that I got my first cell phone which was a brick Nokia, but allowed me to at least text! And then came my first smartphone mid college career…life changing! Facebook had come out while I was in my first two years of college, but since I was at a junior college without assigned student emails, I was unable to sign up for Facebook because it required a valid college email address (yep, it was only for college students at one time). It was about ten years ago that I finally started an account with Facebook and from there I have added numerous other social media platforms to share my life’s journey on.

I say all this to show you how much our digital world has changed and yet, how much some of it has kind of stayed the same…for some of us. Facebook has been around for over ten years and unlike MySpace, which came first, it has continued to be a big part of the social media world. As a teacher, we hear our students talk about what they read or posted on social media, and through just that we know that Facebook is not the first choice among the kids. However, when it comes to communicating with PARENTS, it is still a valuable tool since they have been using it for years. You could say that Facebook (FB) has been the go-to social media outlet for most parents. But even this will shift as time passes and the go-to will change to a different platform for most parents due to what they grew up with.

Since Facebook is a great source to communicate with parents, I think having a page solely for your school library/learning commons is a great idea. I checked out several school library pages and found that most of them shared book reviews and/or information for events that were going on or coming up. I found that the book reviews didn’t get as many likes, but the pages that shared events and pictures of students AT those events, got more traffic. Neither of those really got many comments though. Some of these things have to do with FB algorithm and how they only allow a certain percentage of what or who you follow on your personal feed. This hurts pages that do not pay for advertisement within Facebook. Even still, I believe a page is a good resource for sharing information because it is still reaching some of those parents and students.

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The campus I will be at next year (as the new librarian) has a pretty meaty page on Facebook that has over 1,000 followers. With this being said, I will discuss creating a separate page for the library with my principal and the district lead librarian. Click on the photo below to open up my new school’s FB page.


Travis Elementary FB Page


If Facebook isn’t the end all, be all for communication with our students, then what is? That’s a tough question since so many apps and sites have been created since the spawn of MySpace and Facebook. Every time I turn around I feel like there is a new social media site the kids are talking about. However, there are a few that are super popular with the majority. Twitter and Instagram have been pretty tried and true aside from Facebook.

Twitter has been around since 2006 and is user friendly for all ages (must be 13 or older to sign up). My son, who is six and does NOT have any social media accounts had this conversation with my mother-n-law:

He may only be six, but he knows enough about social media from myself, television, youtube and older kids.

So what is Twitter exactly? I held off getting a Twitter account for a long time. I attempted it poorly in 2015 when I was trying to network my personal training business. I didn’t give it a fair shot and gave up quickly. Twitter is a microblog. This means that users’ posts are limited to so many characters. With Twitter it’s 280. According to a post on The Verge, Kastrenakes (2018) says that it was 140 character but increased to 280 in length. It makes the posts short and sweet and thus cutting down on fluff in my opinion. Twitter seems to be utilized by educators, authors, publishers, associations, etc. as their go-to for sharing out information. It is easy to post, retweet (share), comment and like others’ posts. It is super simple and can be a place to connect with your students, parents, colleagues, and friends. It is also a place where you can follow mentors and others that share information and posts that interest you. It can be a learning tool for all.

I began a Twitter account last year, @theMrsHargrove which I share to often (mostly via my Instagram account), but I do get on quite a bit to check out and read what else is going on in the library world and what other librarians are doing in their school libraries. I recently was turned on to several library and tech gurus to follow and found what they post to be useful as a newbie in the librarian field. I was immediately drawn to Jim Lerman, @jimlerman, who has lots of great information on STEM learning with students. I also enjoyed some of his links he shared that went to his scoop.it website found here. Below is one tweet of his that I retweeted:


An educational technologist that I came across was Kathy Schrock, @kathyschrock . Before I follow anyone, I always check out their bio first and if they have a website link, I follow it to learn a little more about them. Kathy had her website in her bio https://www.schrockguide.net/ and after a couple of minutes of perusing, I added her site to my Symbaloo board. She has created tons of pages that are resources for all things digital that can be used in classrooms and learning commons. I was floored at how thorough her information was and happy for additional resources.

Kathy’s posts are educational for all. I felt like even things such as the tweet above are beneficial for everyone and could be a good way to connect with parents and students.

Alan November, @globalearner, is the author of Who Owns the Learning? and is the host of the conference Building Learning Communities. He understands the value of teachers and social media!

Gwyneth Jones, @GwynethJones, author of The Daring Librarian has a fun Twitter where she shares not only informational tweets that link to other sites, but also lots of pictures and opinions about being unbiased and accepting all who come through our library doors.


The last name in educational technology that I was informed about is Linda Braun, @lbraun2000. Braun is an educator and librarian who was the past president of YALSA. She really seems to advocate for librarians and YALSA and shares lots of tweets by the association. Here’s one of her current retweets:

All in all, Twitter is uncomplicated to use which makes it a great social media tool for teachers and librarians to share through.

The last social media site I want to share is my favorite of all. Instagram.

Instagram is as simple as Twitter, but whereas Twitter shares with very little words, Instagram shares in pictures. We’ve all grown up hearing the proverb, “A picture is worth a thousand words,” and with Instagram that is really put into action. This platform is fun for everyone and can get addicting. You can search by user’s name, handle as well as through hashtags (#) for certain topics or ideas you want to see pictures of. I have an account for my personal use, but also one for educational. IG

On my teacher account, I share pictures and videos that have to do with my graduate schooling, students and clubs at school as well as my new career as a librarian. My students, parents, colleagues and friends all follow me as well as community members within my district. I feel like sometimes we don’t have the words to say, but a picture can say it for us. You can also download apps such as Rhonna, Fotor or Font to add text or other clipart to photos or short videos before uploading them. You can also create collages using apps such as LiPix.

Instagram has recently added a feature called “Stories.” This feature only lasts for so many hours, but you can add spotlight stories that won’t disappear. I use this to be silly, to celebrate an event at school or simply to ask a question. Users can respond to the stories which uses the private messenger feature.

One other great thing about Instagram is that it allows you to share what you are going to post on multiple social media sites such as Twitter, Tumblr and Facebook. I think this feature alone makes it pretty handy when you have multiple outlets to share to.

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I believe Instagram is a great way to share pictures of what’s going on in your library or classroom, share students’ creations and information about upcoming events while also giving you, as a professional in the education world, helpful links, sites and ideas too.

Feel free to follow me on IG @the_mrshargrove.

Questions and comments are always welcome!


Kastrenakes, J. (2018, February 8). Twitter says people are tweeting more, but not longer, with 280- character limit. Retrieved from https://www.theverge.com/2018/2/8/16990308/twitter-280-character-tweet-length