Inventory of ICT tools and open educational resources

Welcome to the inventory of freely available online tools and open educational resources for language teaching and learning developed by the 'Use of ICT in support of language teaching and learning' (ICT-REV) project of the European Centre for Modern Languages project! The inventory contains a list of tools that have been evaluated with sound pedagogical criteria in mind. Read more

Instagram

A social networking tool for taking photographs with effects, available only for mobile devices. Photos can be tagged and have captions. You can follow other users and get notifications of their photo updates on your Instagram account. Users can comment on each others’ photos. Photos can be shared through other social media such as Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, etc. Registration required.

Evaluation: Commonly used for social networking by teenagers and by celebrities to reach their audiences. Users need to be familiar with privacy settings before posting any content. No special IT knowledge required for its use.
 
Cost: Free with registration

Website: http://instagram.com/

Categories

Principal functions(s)
  • Image sharing
  • Social networking
Type of interaction
  • One to many (e.g. lecturing, storytelling)
Content
  • You supply
  • Website/other users supply
Language skills
  • Writing

Pedagogical Criteria

User-friendliness/complexity of the tool´s interface Interface: Simple and intuitive use
Time needed for mastering the „how-to“ of the tool and a production of a task Time efficiency: High
The number of languages in which the tool is currently available/adaptable to Multilinguality: English + more than 20 languages available
Does the tool require registration? Who can see my data? Can I remain anonymous? Respect for privacy: Low; users need to get familiar with the privacy settings before use
Possiblity to save your or others´ work for reuse/reproduction Saving work for future use: Yes
Possibility of the tool to be used for a  range of different activities (e.g. to what extent you can organize a project assignment with a central activity based on this tool) Tailorability (If so, how?) Low

Interactivity

Engagement: High (Allows users to see social activities of others )
Collaboration: High (Tags can be used to collaboratively collect photos of the same topic, or
Communication: You can comment on each other’s photos.

Technical requirements

Installation required? Yes
Compatability/Operating System: Android, Windows phone
Other tech requirements: Camera
 
 
 

Example(s) of how teachers/students use this tool

Digital travel journal