Take, edit, and share images and videos, and follow other feeds with just a few taps on the screen. Part of one of the most popular social media platforms, the app allows quick and easy access to ideas, inspiration, and more.

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App Overview

In order to use Instagram, you'll need to create an account or log in. All that you need for this is a user name, your name, and an e-mail. You can add a phone number, but that's optional. You can also add additional information, such as a website or a bio, whenever you'd like. Once you have created an account, there are several things you can do with the app. The menu along the bottom of the screen is the main navigation tool in the app.


  • Tap the house icon to see your home page
  • From here, you can view images of people you follow and your own images
  • You can also send a direct image or video by selecting drawer icon in the top-right corner, tapping the plus button, choosing or taking a photo, and choosing a recipient or multiple recipients
  • Note that if you send directly, Instagram will keep a record of what you have sent; recipients will receive notification on their home pages and the images will not show up in public feeds

Explore Using the Star Icon:

  • Use the search bar to look for users and hashtags; this will take you to another page
  • Flip between the two tabs (Users and Hashtags) to view results
  • You can also click one of the images or videos that the app brings up to browse randomly
  • Press the circular arrow to refresh these images and videos

The Camera:

  • Press the button in the middle of the menu to go to the camera
  • Take a picture by tapping the blue button or choose an image from your gallery (to the left of the blue button)
  • Select the camera to record a video; you will see a red button instead of a blue button
  • Show or remove gridlines with the button that looks like a hashtag
  • Switch cameras with the circular button at the top of the screen 

Altering Photos and Videos:

  • After you've taken or chosen a photo or video, you'll have an opportunity to apply a set of features:
    • Select a filter to change the coloring and possibly add a frame (20 filter choices)
    • Straighten or turn your image
    • Add a blur with the rain drop and adjust it by pinching with two fingers
    • Brighten your image with the sun icon

Share Your Work:

  • Send your image or video to your followers or send it directly to one person
  • Write a caption, adding hashtags that fit with your image
  • Tag people who are in your photo
  • Add your photo to a map
  • Share on other social networking sites, such as Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, and Fickr

Activity and News:

  • Press the speech bubble with a heart in it
  • Tap Following to see what people you follow have commented on or liked
  • Select News to see comments and likes on your own photos and videos

Your Profile:

  • View your posts in a grid or list format
  • See your places and tags
  • Edit your profile
  • Make your own posts private
  • Use the gear menu to find others to follow, see the posts you've liked, contact or read about support, change preferences for sharing, notifications, and videos, clear your search history, and log out
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Rating Details

  • Adherence to task

    The app helps users easily put together and share beautiful photos.

  • Worth the money

    Instagram is free, and provides plenty of functionality.

  • Fun factor

    One of the most popular social media platforms, the app certainly has appeal. Users can engage in taking great photos, editing their images, and writing witty captions.

  • Scaffolding of learning

    The app does not include a tutorial; however, there are some written instructions to help users along.

  • User safety

    There are no content filters available.

  • Control and feedback

    You can't track student use other than with the search fields. You can control what shows up in your feed and you can make your own posts private.

  • How techie do I need to be?
Instructional Ideas

  • Create your own hashtag that other teachers or pupils can follow and add to
  • Make an account just for your class
  • Follow educational hashtags and leading educators for ideas and inspiration
  • Use Instagram to introduce your class to other cultures and languages; they can read the text in another language and see other places
Classroom Considerations

It's in the name; Instagram is instant. You can't save something to look at later. However, you can scroll through your feed to view past posts and keep track of your favorite pages.

Especially in the older grades, many students will likely have Instagram accounts that they would prefer to keep private.

There are no content filters in Instagram, so if pupils are going to be using it, you'll need to keep an extra close eye on their searching.


  • Easy to follow other users, including educational leaders and other teachers
  • Allows for quick and effective searching with hashtags
  • Images that you add can be altered to achieve your desired effect
  • Compatible with many languages

  • Content filters are not available
  • Videos have a short time limit