On the 23rd, of course the Friday before December break, we had the requisite post-test pre-vacation party. Food was brought in, good times were had by all. I didn’t want it to be completely void of content, however, so I decided we would post to social media about the party.
I copied the food vocab list from Traupman’s Oral Latin and included these instructions on the home page of our LMS (can’t say the Latin’s perfect; the Latin instructions were a last minute decision, so I was writing them largely without checking anything the block before class):
7. Cibus Mediaque Sociālis – Hodiē edēmus et scrībēmus de cibō in mediā socialī. Tu debēs edere et scrībere de cibō in mediā sociālī ut ego litterās videam vel legam. Hīc personae meae mediae socialis:
- Twitter: @dehlatinteach
- Snapchat: @edehoratius
- Instagram: @olivewoodphoto
- email: email@example.com
Si tu hōrum nullum habēs et nolīs mihi litteras electronicas mittere, tu potes stylō imaginem delineare.
Quidquid facis, debent esse tuae imaginēs, digitālēs vel in chartā, cum sententiīs diversīs quae habent sequentes:
- IIIs: trēs casūs; IVs: quattuor casūs
- verba varia
- IIIs: unō ablativō (in tōtō quam in utrāque sententiā); IVs: ablativō in utraque
Potes ex rete prehendere verba necessaria hīc.
And the class was much better, to be honest, than I expected. What I mean by that is that they spent a lot more time on / with the Latin than I thought they would, given the food and the Friday before break. Really, the only disappointment was that they didn’t take advantage of the more fun aspects of Snapchat more often; I was hoping for more filters and/or geotags (but a minor complaint).
For anyone out there worried about the social media thing, most of them used Snapchat, at which point I had to accept them as friends (something I wanted to do about as much as they wanted me to). I assured them, though, that I would unfriend them by the end of the day, which I did. So, while I did connect with them on social media, it was only temporary and for educational purposes. I have no more social media contact with my students now than I did before that class.
I’ve also included a gallery below of the snaps that I received. Pretty amusing and decent (though not great) Latin.