Monday, 13 August 2012

The benefits of Instagram

The instagram app is available on ios and Android #free

(if you are not sure what Instagram is all about, or need some extra ideas read this post first)

Link to view our Instagram page on a PC here: 

Instagram is a photo sharing site app available on smart phones. Here is the link to the itunes store to download instagram for FREE and the link to the Android googleplay store can be found here.

This year we established both a twitter account and instagram account. 
We encourage you to follow us at:



Perhaps you have heard about Instagram and not really sure what all the fuss is about?

 Instagram 101:
  • allows you to share photos with your followers 
  • you can make your account public or private
  • people can "like" an image or leave a comment
  • you can follow other instagram users and hashtags
  • hashtags are a way of grouping topics or subjects together eg #foodpresentation, #curries, #foodtech, #glutenfree. When you select a hashtag, instagram will display all the photos "tagged" with that hashtag.


  • great way to glimpse into the world of followers or areas that interest you via # hashtags

  • uses filters to enhance the look of your image                        (see some student examples here)
  • use other apps such as snapseed, picsay (android) or coloursplash to edit your image prior to uploading to instagram. Assists students food photography skills, developing creative skills and an eye for detail, perspective, tone and clarity amongst others.
Taken by @foodatoakhill
  • effective way to provide a visual message to others. You can also take a screenshot of a note or use apps such as Versagram on ios or Textcutie on Android 

  • record of adventures and experiences that can be shared eg parents, relatives far and near.
  • can be used as photo prompts for story writing, source of discussion starters and to provide direction or interest in a certain topic.
  • could be used to keep track of progress (gardens, sport skills, science experiments)

How do you use Instagram in your learning space?  We encourage any school across the world or homeschoolers to share their learning journey with us by adding your instagram account in the comment section below. 

Have you seen our instagram challenge? Read about it here.

Instagram challenge

#foodat challenge

Are you up for a challenge? Have you read about the benefits of instagram here and would like to have a go?

We are @foodatoakhill and we encourage your school to set up an account and share your learning journey with your community, us and the world.

  1. Ask your teachers to set up an instagram account starting with @foodat......    and insert your school name at the end eg @foodatmarian (the first school to jump on board! Great initiative guys!) @foodatstmarks @foodatgleeson How to set up an account? Easy. INSTALL the FREE app from itunes (click here for link)  or google play (click here for ANDROID link). You cannot do this on a PC, however you can link your account to ink361 to view on a PC (see our link above @foodatoakhill or here)  If you are unsure how to sign up, see these Simple steps by wikihow. 
  2. Upload your school logo onto the profile pic and complete the bio. You can link the account with a school twitter or facebook page by configuring this in settings. You need to select this sharing option each time you post a photo.  If you do not have a twitter account etc, just leave that section blank.
  3. Comment below with the instagram account name so others can follow.
  4. Post your first photo by pressing the middle camera icon. Camera again to take a photo and two squares to choose an image from your library. Select "choose" (to add photo), then a select a filter. The best way to learn is to experiment. Play. It is fun! 
  5. If you are not happy with the photo, press the X on the top RHS.  Have another go. Once posted, you can also delete an image by pressing the three little dots under the image (RHS)
  6. Interact by liking and commenting on photos from Food technology classes around the world.
  7. You can use hashtags such as #foodat #foodtech #homeec #homeeconomics #food #foodphotography #foodpresentation #instafood to tag your photos to these photofeeds.
  8. Follow other schools using the comment back below.
Go on!  Get on board. Give it a go.  Share your instagram account with your class, mates, parents, extended family...and the rest of the world!  #unitedbyfood

Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, 

 but by the moments that take our breath away