#BookSnaps for Learning

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Love or hate?

I have SnapChat downloaded on my phone so I can monitor what my teenagers snap. However, it lacks the appeal for me to use on a regular basis. I only have SnapChat to monitor.

But, what if we could use SnapChat to motivate and encourage students to read?

Is that even possible?

Well, let’s think about how many students are actively using SnapChat daily. It appears over 60% of SnapChat users are between 13 and 24.


What are they using SnapChat for? To show their fellow Snappers their day. All of it. Or are they?

Does a student’s learning make it onto their SnapStory?

I’m sure for some it does!

What if we as educators could connect students to education through SnapChat? What might that look like?

I’ve been seeing the hashtag #BookSnaps  on Twitter. It’s becoming a real “thing” in my PLN (Professional Learning Network). I had no idea what it was when it started popping up. As a matter of fact, even though I have SnapChat, I didn’t make the connection.

So, what is a #BookSnaps on SnapChat?


Yep, here’s my out of focus, wrong direction, first attempt at a #BookSnaps. This snap come from Girls with Swords: How to Carry Your Cross Like a Hero by Lisa Bevere. I found a passage I really liked, took a picture, underlined a sentence I want to draw attention to, and then hashtagged it #BookSnaps. 

Now, I could have added filters, stickers, and a myriad of other things, but hey, you gotta start somewhere, right?

This was posted to my SnapStory. I don’t have many followers, so it won’t be seen a lot. I’m going to have to find some fellow readers to add to my friend list on SnapChat.

*This should be my SnapCode. You can add me through this.

How can you use this as an innovative teaching strategy?

Post for students to follow? Require students to post #BookSnaps during reading assignments?

Is this an idea you think you have deep meaning for your students? I’d love to hear your thoughts on this new idea that I *borrowed* from Tara Martin. You can read her much more amazing and step-by-step process on her R.E.A.L. Blog.

Are you a fellow Pirate? Fan of Dave Burgess and his books? He is also sharing Tara Martin’s amazing idea on his blog.

A2Z-BADGE-100 [2017]

This post is part of the Blogging from A to Z Blog Challenge. My posts this year will be about innovative teaching strategies.

A: Adapt

B: #BookSnaps for Learning



  • That’s a great idea, I think it could be more interesting for students than book diaries. Even I will use it I think, not on snapchat though but on twitter ?

  • I think it’s a great way to incorporate tech into the classroom. Students may be more receptive to this task because they enjoy using technology.
    I also like Twitter & think this could work there.


  • I don’t use snapchat. Not sure if my children do – they are 22-32 so a little beyond mummy monitoring stage. I use Facebook (heaps) blog (heaps) twitter (not so much) Instagram (a little) so have decided I might have to call it quits there BUT I can see how relevant it would be to the classroom for high school teachers. I am a teacher but at the other end of the scale (well I was before retirement) Not sure I would want to be setting assignments for gd 2s that used snapchat or any other social media for that matter.

    All the best for the challenge

  • Nice idea – anything that gets children to read more has my vote. Not a user of snapchat, my child is, activities on social media largely unmonitored by me as I am not a heavy user of any of the platforms. Except blogging and FB (which the current teens don’t touch with a bargepole, at least mine doesn’t 🙂

    Here from the A-Z. Wish you a successful challenge,
    From Madly-in-Verse

  • What an ingenious teaching strategy, and a great use of multimedia techniques.

    B is for… beasts, blues and border control/Parenting in the Wilderness

  • I don’t use SnapChat a lot. I have it on my phone but have not really used it much. Your idea for using it for encouraging reading seems quite creative.

  • Kids spend too much time looking at screens – Give them a book!

  • An idea worth exploring. Maybe I need to check out snapchat.

  • What an interesting idea. If I have come across a word I didn’t know or a passage I particularly liked, I have often Instagrammed it…I haven’t thought of Snapchatting it…I guess I could start doing that…I’ll look out for that hashtag…I’m such a dunce I didn’t realise you could hashtag on Snapchat….sigh…so much to learn.

  • Hi,

    I found the link to your blog on “mostlyblogging” by Janice and I find the topics on your blog very interesting. Especially “snapchat” as a teaching tool, since I am still not using it, because I don’t really know what to do with it.

    Thank you for the inspiration 🙂