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Gram Trackers: Eight Ways to Use Instagram to Promote CTE® Month

Magazine article Techniques

Gram Trackers: Eight Ways to Use Instagram to Promote CTE® Month

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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.

FEBRUARY IS HERE AND YOUNG HEARTS TURN THEIR ATTENTION TO that most romantic of celebrations ... GTE 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 photoand 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 GTE with opinion and policymakers across the country.

Before March comes in like a lion, consider the following ways to use Instagram:

1. Make postcards: Are you a CTSO advisor or some other GTE 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 newsletters and dusty external hard drives? Let parents and officials 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 SI.

2. 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.

3. Create CTE Month refrigerator magnets: Social media websites like Facebook and Pinterest have often been called electronic versions of your refrigerator door. …

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