Cartagram: An Innovative Tool To Teach Using Instagram

With all the recent hullabaloo over Instagram and a $1 billion valuation, I thought it would be fun to take a look at how teachers, students, and anyone could use the service to learn.

In case you’re not ‘hip,’ Instagram is a photo-sharing service that lets you slap some fun digital lenses over your images. Now I bet you wish you came up with this app so you could get a billion dollars, eh?

Money aside, Instagram is fun and wildly popular. But it’s never been too useful in the classroom. Until you check out a new site called Cartagram, that is.

Cartagram (cartagr.am) is a site that overlays popular Instagram photos over a map of the world. You can zoom in and out to see what’s popular around the world or in your neighborhood (and anywhere in between).

This is a great tool to teach students about not only photography but about geography (maps!), sociology (see what types of images other countries share!), and more. You could assign students or groups to research a particular country or region’s Instagram usage. So fun. Below is a screenshot of Cartagram. Enjoy!