California Educator

August / September 2018

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By @samdemuro DIGITAL BUZZ DIGITAL BUZZ Participants at CTA's Presidents Conference in July learn how to do Instagram Stories. See #CTAPC on @wearecta's feed for the full-on video clip. Benefits Fun for the classroom Stories is a less "serious" option to use on Ins- tagram. Since it disappears in 24 hours, quality is less of a priority, and adding embellishments like GIFs, hashtags and emojis increases the fun and creativity. Build your personal learning network or brand Using Stories allows your profile to maintain visibility in your followers' feeds. Unlike traditional Instagram posts, Stories add a colorful ring on your profile, alerting other users that you have updated your feed. Save and repurpose Because of the additional decorations like draw- ings, text overlay, emojis and hashtags, it's easy to make an engaging video or photo that you can share across social media platforms. Cover an event Attending a field trip? Participating in an edu- cation rally? Organizing a union event? Film the experience, add your location and hashtag, and watch your views increase. Instagram Stories are great for in-the-moment "check out this awe- some thing I'm doing" content. Polls, emoji scales and questions Three other cool features of Stories are polls, emoji scales and the ability to ask a question. A poll lets you pose a question with two answers and encourage others to participate. Source: Instagram Instagram Stories T H E I N S T A G R A M S T O R I E S feature lets you post multiple photos and videos that appear in a slideshow format and vanish after 24 hours. You can add text, doodles and music. A Story won't appear permanently on your profile unless you want it to. It's a fun way to create engaging content and connect with your audience. The emoji scale allows you to select an emoji for your question. Users slide the emoji across the scale to whatever degree they wish to answer. The questions feature lets you respond directly to the Story, and then responses can be reposted as more Stories. Source: @WeAreCTA Instagram Are you using Instagram Stories? Let us know what you think! Email or tweet us @WeAreCTA. 15 A U G U S T / S E P T E M B E R 2 018 D I G I T A L B U Z Z I

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