BookSnaps for Enhancing Student Learning

Snapchat is probably the most popular social media app among those under 30. What distinguishes it from other such apps is that it allows users to add cartoon-like images and text to their photos and videos. While this playful interaction between users may seem like the antithesis of serious learning, Tara Martin (2017) found a way to channel student interest in sharing annotated images toward an educational purpose by creating what she calls a BookSnap. Instead of snapping selfies, a student makes a BookSnap by taking a photo of a passage from a book, article, or other source and adding images and text to interpret and reflect on what they read (Figure 1). These can be emotions, thoughts, or feelings provoked by their reading.

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