08 June 2017

5 Steps to Sort Travel Pics for Student Use!

I'm ready for my next trip to Peru!

I mean, I don't have anything packed yet, and I'm reasonably sure where my passport is.

But I've got everything ready to go to store and sort the photos and videos I will take while I'm down there! And that's what really matters, isn't it?

I swore off buying whole bookshelves when I traveled the first time I went to Peru. I resolved to document my finds with Instagram and was pleased to discover on my trip to Mexico last year that I could use IFTTT to sort the photos into Pinterest boards with the touch of a button! Well...the typing of a hashtag.

So here's what ya' do if you want to simultaneously collect insta-souvenirs and sort them for student consumption.

1. Plan the categories

I know I'm going to be around schools, museums, and ruins a lot. Signs always make great authentic texts for novices, too. Also, let us not forget about food. So I picked:
  • escuela
  • arte
  • historia
  • sitio
  • letreros
  • comida

2. Plan the hashtags

I thought "SXTN" would be a really recognizable way to modify my name back when I got married (and also casually avoided titters about the first 3 letters--my husband thought he was so brave surviving FOUR years of high school with this name). I still have to spell it out letter by letter for my email, and no one gets what it stands for. Whatever, fewer characters for tweeting and hashtags. So I add it to my categories.

  1. So other people's "escuela" photos won't get mixed into the stream
  2. So the "originals" can always be found with a quick Instagram search
This year I also added "PE" (for Peru, obvs), in order to separate my previous trips out, seeing as I have various activities related to said snapshots, activities that have been published and distributed. I wouldn't want to mess up those sub plans for anyone else!

3. Set up the recipes

I can't bring myself to call them "applets," but whatever it is that IFTTT.com makes, they are PERFECT for this sort of thing. So I've got
I keep all of the videos together to make one big listening stash, mostly of me talking to myself, but hopefully with some more interviews this time.

I've also had pics add to Flickr instead of Pinterest when Pinterest was on the fritz, but I don't think there's a way to add them to a specific album automatically. Plus I like how students can easily re-save pins and collect or embed them.

You could also use post to Twitter or Facebook, if, like, your kids are into that #teenageeyeroll #minearent #wishtherewasasnapchatrecipe

4. Make a stunning visual

I will grow old and die waiting to hear back from an email sent over the summer. But if I post a pic on Instagram? 20-30 likes by the end of the day. So I use Canva to make a pretty ad for the experience so people can follow along with the adventures and be tempted into practicing their Spanish!

5. Post to the web

Posting gives me a chance to test my recipes! I hashtag this puppy and post it to Instagram, and BAM my Pinterest boards are created!

So, if you are headed off to some fabulous locale, and can be bothered to caption your snapshots in the target language, I DO hope you will share the hashtags with us here so we can all follow along and live vicariously through your exploits and target language usage! Until then, keep an eye on these Pinterest boards as photos start to pop up next week!


  1. I love this idea! I'm not going anywhere fabulous this year, but it's perfect to focus resources for various unity. Thanks!

  2. This is so great! What kind of things do you have your students do with them?

    1. I have used some for some first day stations/sub plans, but this year I think I want to assign different groups a different board each and have them ask some questions to get some conversation started.