How many times have you heard people say ‘why do I need to see on Instagram or Twitter what someone’s eaten for breakfast?’ If like me you might also be guilty of posting your dinner and then met with a barrage of abuse from friends and followers.
There is no question that Social Media is awesome, it allows us to connect with people instantly. From an educational point of view it opens up discussion, debate and sharing in a 24/7 culture, the perfect platform for engaging the millennials and Generation Z.
In 2014 Dysh was developed as a ‘Free app that merges user-generated content and technology to create a conversation around food.’ Until this year the app was and some may argue still is relatively unknown, I could not find any usage stats. The app did received a boost in February of 2016 by re-launching and enlisting some well-known YouTube stars, Hannah Hart, Mamrie Hart, Grace Helbig and Ingrid Nilsen who all own equity shares in the app. Collectively they bring with them nearly 20 Million fans from a wide range of sources including Snapchat, Twitter, Instagram and Tumbler along with TV, Films and book deals.
So how does Dysh work?
Dysh has four key functions. The main social feed, which acts similarly to your Instagram feed, lets you catch up on anyone you follow on the app and see what they’ve been eating, where they ate it, and what they rated it.
Then there’s the utility function of it: based on your location, you can see restaurants in your area and the dishes other Dysh users have enjoyed (or not). Next is the Explore tab, which acts as a collection of community-based photos surrounding a certain themed hashtag. The fourth area of the app is your own personal profile, where you can post your own food photography, and “no one can give you crap about it.”
Every time you post and connect with your followers and receive likes you earn points and can move up in the rankings of ‘Taste Buds’, raising your status and the company themselves have committed donating meals to charity each time a user ranks up!
The important bit: How could it be used for learning and teaching?
This could be a fantastic resource for a wide array of subjects:
- Food and Hospitality – portfolio of dishes made by students #tastyderby
- Sports Nutrition and Health – promoting a healthy diet #healthyderby
- Art and Photography – portfolio of food based photography #foodstylingderby
Unfortunately Dysh just doesn’t have that wide spread appeal yet and if you like to look at pictures of food in LA and Brooklyn then you have found the right app.
However, I did a local search to the University and see that there are a lots of Derby restaurants to follow and hundreds of posts in a 20 mile radius, so maybe it’s worth a little look then next time you don’t know what you want to make for dinner!
Before using any mobile application or online service please check the terms and conditions to ensure you are aware of the implications of using the service. In particular, look out for items covering data security, ownership of content and public/private sharing options.
If you would like further support to get an idea of how you could use Dysh within learning and teaching, please contact the Technology Enhanced Learning team on firstname.lastname@example.org or ext 1865