Snap Camera! Engage Students During a Virtual Meet

What is Snap Camera?

Snap Camera is a FREE application that allows you to use different lenses on your computer while recording videos, taking photographs or participating in video chats using Google Meet, Zoom or Skype. There are thousands of lenses or filters to choose from including the traditional Snapchat filters as well as designs from Lens Creator.

Could SnapCamera be used for educational purposes? Absolutely! There are so many ways educators could use this app with students. However, this app may not be appropriate for younger students to use as it is intended for an older audience.

Here are some ideas:

  1. Reading– Locate a filter and appear as a character from a favorite book. Or, use a background that relates to the setting in the story you are reading.

2. Math– Appear as a chef using recipes for a lesson on fractions. Or, pick a fun math themed background!

3. Science– Use an animal filter during a discussion about animal adaptations or teach a lesson straight from a science lab!

4. Social Studies– It’s easy to travel around the world using Snap Camera! Teach a lesson in front of a pyramid or turn yourself into a pilgrim while discussing Plimoth Plantation!

How does Snap Camera work?

  • Install the app: Go to https://snapcamera.snapchat.com and download the FREE app.
  • Open the app: Open the app on the computer and search through all the different lenses.
  • Locate the lense you want to use: Play around with all the different filters until you find one you like.
  • Take a picture or video: You may record your videos or take photographs with Snap Camera and then download to your device. Then, simply upload the video or photographs to the platform you are using with students.
  • Open video conferencing platform: If you are using this filter during synchronous instruction you can open up Google Meet and the filter will now be on your camera!
  • Have fun! Once you see the possibilities of using Snap Camera in the classroom you will have a lot of fun.

Do you have any ideas how educators could use Snap Camera with their students? Feel free to comment below.

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