Teaching & Learning Tech Tips

Instagram Stories

The Instagram stories feature lets you post multiple photos and videos that appear in a slideshow format and vanish after 24 hours. You can add text, doodles and music. A Story won’t appear permanently on your profile unless you want it to. It’s a fun way to create engaging content and connect with your audience.

 


Benefits

Fun for the classroom

Stories is a less “serious” option to use on Instagram. Since it disappears in 24 hours, quality is less of a priority, and adding embellishments like GIFs, hashtags and emojis increases the fun and creativity.

Build your personal learning network or brand

Using Stories allows your profile to maintain visibility in your followers’ feeds. Unlike traditional Instagram posts, Stories add a colorful ring on your profile, alerting other users that you have updated your feed.

Save and repurpose

Because of the additional decorations like drawings, text overlay, emojis and hashtags, it’s easy to make an engaging video or photo that you can share across social media platforms.

Cover an event

Attending a field trip? Participating in an education rally? Organizing a union event? Film the experience, add your location and hashtag, and watch your views increase. Instagram Stories are great for in-the-moment “check out this awesome
thing I’m doing” content.

Polls, emoji scales and questions

Three other cool features of Stories are polls, emoji scales and the ability to ask a question. A poll lets you pose a question with two answers and encourage others to participate. Source: Instagram

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