It seems that Instagram might be trying to help schools foster community spirit because according to a discovery by Jane Manchun Wong (via TechCrunch), it seems that Instagram is looking to test some kind of collaborative Stories feature for schools, where only students from a certain school can see or contribute to it.
We imagine that this feature could be used by teachers, school admins, and select students to make announcements, share updates, and more, and given how popular Instagram’s Stories features are, it actually makes sense that Instagram might try to get schools to use more “trendy” means of trying to appeal to students.
However this feature was only spotted within Instagram’s code and there doesn’t appear to be a live version of it yet. Instagram has also declined to comment on the discovery, although as TechCrunch points out, the company has declined to comment on features in the past ahead of their official launch, so it is possible that this could be another one of those times.
Interestingly enough this isn’t the first time that Instagram’s parent company has tried to appeal its platform to schools. Earlier this year there were reports that Facebook was looking to develop a Slack-like messenger for high schools, so this wouldn’t be the first time that Facebook has shown its interest in the education sector.
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