How To Use Instagram In The Classroom

We’ve shared a lot of different ideas here on how to integrate different forms of social media in the classroom. From Facebook to Twitter and Pinterest, there are a ton of educators out there who are harnessing their students’ existing interest and knowledge of these social media tools to engage them in learning activities in the classroom. The handy infographic below (Via: shows a number of different ways to employ another popular social media tool in the classroom and library: Instagram It does offer you more than just fun filters for your photos! Keep reading to learn more.

Using Instagram In School

  • Use for Math by having students take photos of items demonstrating certain concepts like parallel lines, symmetry, angles, etc.
  • For Science, students can be asked to post photos of certain types of animals, plants, ecosystems, an element, acids, etc.
  • For English/Language Arts, students can be asked to take photos of their favorite books, characteristics of the character, setting, etc.
  • Have the students use hashtags specific to your classroom and project so that you and your students can easily find photos applicable to certain projects.

instagram in the classroom


  1. Frank Fulchiero

    September 3, 2013 at 11:10 am

    I’m glad someone is finally trying to answer the question I posed over a year ago!

  2. dms664

    September 11, 2013 at 5:30 pm

    Wow! I think the suggested ideas on this post about using Instagram in the classroom are quite genius! I am studying to be a math teacher and I particularly liked the idea about integrating it into the math classroom by taking pictures of examples of symmetry in real life. I wish I had thought of this when I was teaching parallel lines last year in my geometry class because it would’ve given me much better insight into whether the students knew what parallel lines were and where they appear in the world.

    A question I would propose is: what about the students that don’t have Instagram or access to a phone or computer that can work Instagram?

    Also, another concern was the presentation because I don’t believe Instagram has a feature yet where people can post onto a blog-type site but whatever they upload will be visible to everyone they are subscribed to. How would this work out in the classroom setting?

    Oh … well I kind of just answered my own question in my head but maybe if the students put a hashtag on their photo, specific to the class. Thanks for this great post! Hope my questions gave some input into further use!