#1 Navigating Instagram
To set up a profile, students explore the meaning of the words and symbols used on the platform and consider the information the platform encourages users to to share.
#2 Avatars and usernames
Students discuss why it can be useful to use avatars and customised usernames online. They make their own choices considering the purpose of their Instagram account.
#3 Public or private?
Students compare public and private accounts and explore their different functions, advantages and limitations. They make their own choices for their Instagram accounts justifying these in view of their own preferences
#4 Power of image
Students explore the images usually shared on Instagram and the apparent purposes of these. They explore what makes an image visually appealing and experiment by taking photos (e.g. different content, angle, colours, etc.) and using Instagram editing tools.
#5 Power of caption
Students analyse different captions and their purposes. They identify how much information can be included in the caption to tell a rich story.
They consider their own purposes and audiences and create captions for their images.
Students explore the notion of a 'hashtag' and generate hashtags for their images considering the purpose of the image and possible audience. They do search for 'best hashtags' which get most likes.
Students brainstorm who they will allow to follow their accounts and whom they choose to follow. They reflect on the purpose of building an online community and how it can be helpful for them. They start building their networks within class community and beyond.
#8 Commenting on images
Students read examples of comments on Instagram. They pay attention to what people say, why and how. They generate a list of rules on Instagram etiquette. Students comment on the images they like in the Instagram accounts of other class members, community members and beyond.