In a 2015 article on his blog, Kyle Pearce lists ten Instagram accounts, which are educational in nature and from which, followers will gain knowledge. Pearce highlights groups such as TED (@ted), and Curiosity.com (@curiositydotcom) where photos spark the interest, and links allow you to dig further. The list is by no means exhaustive, but is a good start. When you begin to follow any accounts, Instagram will suggest other, similar ones, taking users down a rabbit hole of information.
Many already take part in the phenomenon known as TeachersPayTeachers, where teachers can sell their creations (mostly digital) to others. But, their Instagram account (@teacherspayteachers) is also great place to find other teachers who are on Instagram. TPT is the “open marketplace for educators to buy, sell & share original resources,” and to help teachers “get inspired & connect with other teachers around the world!” Many of the teachers I follow, I found through TPT.
While this TED Talk is more than ten years old, it still speaks to the power of social media and its use for teachers. Rheingold discusses how vehicles for crowd-sourced information such as Wikipedia is really pushing towards our human instinct of working together and collaboration. With this being the goal of my thoughts of connecting with other teachers via Instagram, it is worth a watch.
It is difficult to choose my favorite Instagram accounts to feature, but one has to begin somewhere, right? Ashley Marquez of @teachcreatemotivate posts photos of her bright, polished Third Grade classroom. Again, the real bonus here is she also tags other teacher/authors in posts where she has adopted something of theirs. This Instagram account should be one of the first accounts you begin to follow.
Another favorite teacher/Instagrammer of mine is Brittney Briggs @Miss5th. I came across her work while searching for some new Morning Messages as I felt I was getting a little stale. I wanted my messages to be a bit more interactive, and promote some inside work. In doing so, I found the hashtag, #miss5thswhiteboard, where Brittney has begun a groundswell movement of other teachers who tag their Morning Messages which are in her likeness. Enjoy this one for sure!
Mrs. Montero @teachingwithamountainview also never disappoints with her posts. An oft video poster as well, this account has many activities for which you can find directions, or explanations over at her blog. Also helpful, @teachingwithamountainview will post links to where to find/purchase items she shows from her classroom.
One of the first hashtags to look for is #teachersfollowteachers, with over 850K posts at the time of writing this piece, one can find a melange of different teaching related postings on Instagram. There are certainly lesson plans, activities, classroom decor & organization, but this is a good one to follow if you like a good teacher related meme, such as the boss from Office Space, Bill Lumbergh, with the text “Yeah...if someone could create a maintenance-free copier, that would be great.”