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Pros: Cool filters, super-simple features make it easy to share photos.
Cons: Even with your profile set to private, there are some concerns.
Bottom Line: An absorbing, endless gallery of images that's fun to browse but tricky for classroom use due to privacy and content concerns.
Instagram is all about images, so it's a great way for students to share their own photos or digital images they've created. You might create a class account and invite multiple students to share a password and contribute posts. Consider having students submit posts related to a theme; find images across the internet or create your own, or have your students create their own memes related to a novel or a historical event and post them on the feed. Art classes might invite students to post photos of their work and use Instagram as an easily browsable gallery of your class's work.
Also, think about how to use Instagram's privacy settings to your advantage. You might create a public Instagram account for announcements or daily updates for your students. Your students can follow your class account from their own (hopefully private) accounts without sharing personal information with you or anyone else.
Instagram is a popular social media platform for sharing and instantly enhancing photos and videos with cool effects. Users who create logins also can share their own photos and 60-second videos. As of 2016, you can also live-stream video, which will disappear after the stream ends or share private photos that will disappear. After taking or choosing a photo, you can modify the lighting, contrast, and color with preset effects, which usually make the photo look high-quality and interesting. You also can add a border, blur effects, and brightness. Users then add a caption, share the photo on Instagram and, if desired, via email or other social networks. @music is a feature that allows musicians to share photos and videos specifically related to their bands or performances, which may give rise to more focused content. Photos and videos are public by default, but you can choose to make your posts private in settings, as well as choose to share photos and videos with 15 or fewer friends via Instagram Direct. Similar to Snapchat, Instagram offers "Stories," which are series of photos or videos strung together that only last 24 hours.
This social network offers cool photo effects powerfully combined with the social seduction of Facebook, the popularity filter of Reddit, the hashtag and follower sharing models of Twitter, and the curse and blessing of commentary on YouTube -- and that's just within the app. Instagram makes your photos and videos look cool and then makes it easy to share them instantly, across multiple platforms, allowing you to broadcast how #awesome your life is right now.