Module 5

Instagram: What is it?


Instagram is like an instant telegram, an image with a short caption. It’s shared with your friends or publicly, depending on how you’ve set up your account.  I tend to keep my work on these apps public; I have other ways to share with friends and family. I do share my life, but not drama or personal issues. Just life.  Others can comment on the image.

If you touch the image, you like it. So be aware of that as you explore.  Those who like the image are listed below the picture.

With a picture open, I see favorites, the comment button, the share button,and at the bottom — home, search, take a pic, fave it and profile icons.

The “share arrow” below the picture is strange to me though. Sharing is only with the people in your Instagram contacts. I can’t save my image to my camera roll.

If I share to Instagram, it’s from my camera roll or another app like Instaquote or other photography app.

The three dots to the right of my name allows me to delete, edit, or share.  That share allows me to share to Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter, Flickr, email, or copy link–

If I want to share someone else’s image, my choices are  to Facebook, Messenger, Tweet, URL copy, Post Notifications. If their account is private; then there are no sharing options. Good to know!

How have I used Instagram?

I’ve been using it with my GrandKids and Personal Learning Network as 42Sheri. I follow people from my family and in education. I’ve found most educators are using them more personally than as a tool for school.  Since an age requirement exists, I think school use must be by an adult or use it in high school classes.

I’ve a picture, tagline, link to my blog. My statistics:

  • 111 posts
  • 104 following

Clicking each of those shows a list of names for the follows or a screen of your posts.


The images at left with text were created in Instaquote after creating the background in PhotoSketch using pictures from my camera roll [More on this later in post].

You can see a movie I took on July 3rd of a local flag, flapping in the breeze. Touching any image brings you to that post.

I just learned something! See the gear? That’s of course where your settings are. You can make your posts public or private,  And there’s also choice to save the original picture.

So I took a picture of this page, chose a filter — and guess what? The original AND filtered image are in my camera roll. That’s how to get the images into the camera roll. Good thing to know! Below are the two pictures in my camera roll:

Left, original shot; Right, with filter [which is the posted Instagram image].


Here’s what it looks like to start your Tweet, and the Tweet [notice the image does NOT appear in the Tweet]:


The Tweet [with no image — I find that strange. It seems if Instagram is an image app, that the tweet would include the image.


Here’s my comment on Allison’s image:


Notice all the hashtags?  Add those when adding your caption before sharing.  When clicked, all images tagged with that hashtag are visible.

What else can you do with Instagram?

Beside posting images and choosing filters, within Instagram are two other apps. As you choose a picture from your camera roll, notice two icons in the lower right of the top image:

  • Infinity
  • Collage


The infinity takes you to use Boomagrang to make funny back/forth videos [Link to my dog].

Collage takes you to an app called Framatic which allows you to create collages with pictures in your camera roll.


Once you’ve created the collage, it saves to your camera roll, and you can share it with the platforms shown in this image, including Instagram.

I created this collage to show how I created the collage in the lower left corner.


I chose one image from my camera roll in the app called PhotoSketch, which allows me to use art filters to create the two images on the bottom right [one is yellow, the other like water color].

In Framatic, I then chose the original picture and another close up picture [see top row] and the other two artsy images to create the collage, adding a color border to make the collage in the lower left corner of the above image.

Pretty fun.

Manipulation and remix of images is a design skill needed for today’s literacy. Choosing just the right image to enhance communication is a skill we all need, not just for learning and presenting, but for knowing about photographic manipulation and how it is done.

In addition, I also use an app called Instaquote to add quotes to the background images I create in PhotoSketch.  I upload the PhotoSketch image from my cameral roll as a background image in Instaquote:


I gathered all three of my Instaquote Writing Prompts into one collage on Instagram. This is also called App Smashing: I used  PhotoSketch,  Instaquote, Framatic in Instagram, and Instagram.


How would I use Instagram in teaching?

If I taught high school, students could tag their images with a class tag to share a pic of their work, experiments, short interviews, etc.

As a middle school teachers, students could not individually use Instagram due to the age limitation [13+]. However, with parent permission, teachers could take pictures of students working, their work, their experiments, short interview movies, etc. to share embedded in blogs  or the district website.  The district could share sports, assemblies, classrooms, etc.

As my collages show, teachers could create writing prompts or other content related images that could be talking points or focus points for concepts.

Another work around for students is to have them create Instagram formatted images in Google Slides, PowerPoint, or Keynote at 1080 x 1080 pixels in size [choose custom size for slides].

That’s how I created this [ at Instagram ].  Shared in Google Drive, the teacher [with parent permission] can post their ideas/images.

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For more information and safety concerns, read the Parents Guide to Instagram.

Now, go try a collage or video!  You can do it!