Back to School Selfie Adventure for Your Students!

Part of the Effective Technology Integration tips category!

In a few weeks, school starts again. This is the best time to begin connecting with students and getting them to connect with their peers. Try something new this year! Get students to talk about themselves by presenting selfies they have taken as part of a mission you have sent them on. First, get students to watch the video, Around the World in 360° Degrees, and reflect on it. Then show students the first slideshow below with selfie missions to get them meeting other students, exploring their surroundings, and reflecting on their learning goals. Feel free to use my missions or if you have time create your own presentation and introduce yourself to your students.

The second slideshow is an adaptable PowerPoint template that you may download and have your students use to upload their selfies. Another option is to upload this template to Google Slides. This template has preset slide timings of 20 seconds. The idea is to get students to share their completed selfie missions as a Pecha Kucha (6 minute, 40 second presentation) or Ignite presentation (5 minute presentation). You can have them present to the class or in small groups. I have listed the missions below, but feel free to give them any mission you want.

Selfies are an important part of your students’ digital identities. Their selfies help them humanize their digital experience. When students post selfies on social networks they get immediate reactions from their peers. Selfies impact a student’s self-concept and self-esteem. Students adapt their selfies to receive certain reactions. We can get our students to transform their selfies into meaningful adventures with them at the center stepping out of their comfort zones and exploring the world around them.

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Back to School Selfie Adventure Teacher Presentation 

Student template to download & edit with 20 second timings

Students are sent on the following selfie missions: 

  • A selfie with food or dessert they enjoy
  • An usie- group selfie
  • A selfie representing one of their goals this year
  • A selfie marking an achievement or highlighting a talent
  • A selfie with a favorite book or movie
  • A selfie highlighting a phobia
  • A selfie with someone in the class, they don’t know well
  • A selfie taken outdoors
  • A selfie, where they play with different perspectives and angles
  • A selfie with someone they love
  • A selfie, in which they play dress up
  • A selfie with someone they admire
  • An animal selfie
  • A selfie in a vehicle
  • A selfie showcasing a local landmark, art piece, monument, museum, or park
  • A collage of selfies illustrating an adventure
  • Mission: Have a peer, sibling, or relative take the selfies
  • Mission: Photobomb another person’s selfie
  • Tip: Taking selfies is much easier with a selfie stick. You can find them as cheap as $5.
  • Tip: Press the time delay in your camera settings to give you 3 or more seconds to prepare for your selfie.
  • Tip: Try the CamMe app, which lets you take photos using hand gestures.
  • Other great selfie apps include TouchCast (make a video selfie), Aviary, Pixlr, PicsArt, BeFunky, Pic-Collage, Image Chef, Looksery, Selfit, and Group Shot.
  • Remember to get parent permission to post student images and also get students to receive permission from their peers to share their photos.

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Shelly Terrell

Shelly Sanchez Terrell is a teacher trainer, instructional designer, adjunct professor, and the author of The 30 Goals Challenge for Teachers: Small Steps to Transform Your Teaching and Learning to Go: Lesson Ideas for Teaching with Mobile Devices, Cell Phones and BYOT. She has been recognized by the ELTon Awards, The New York Times, the Ministry of Education in Spain, and Microsoft’s Heroes for Education as an innovator in the movement of teacher-driven professional development and education technology. Recently, she was named Woman of the Year 2014 by Star Jone’s National Association of Professional Women and awarded a Bammy Award as a founder of #Edchat, the Twitter chat that spurred over 400 teacher chats. She has trained teachers and taught learners in over 25 countries and has consulted with organizations worldwide such as UNESCO Bangkok, The European Union aPLaNet Project, Cultura Iglesa of Brazil, the British Council in Tel Aviv, IATEFL Slovenia, HUPE Croatia, and VenTESOL. She shares regularly via TeacherRebootCamp.com, Twitter (@ShellTerrell), and Facebook.com/shellyterrell. Her greatest joy is being the mother of Rosco the pug.

9 comments

  1. Love these ideas. I think I may play with it and have my students take selfies which fpdifferent concepts I teach in science. They would love it. I.e. A selfie with something that shows Newton’s Third Law, but also be able to explain it.

    • Hi Deb,

      I love this idea to incorporate science and I almost created a math and science version. Please feel free to share any links, pics, or posts with your Science Selfie Adventure! Would love to see it!

  2. Love this idea, I just incorporated it into my plans for this upcoming year! Thanks!! I also love Deb’s idea of having them do it with science concepts

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