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Instagram for Education: Applying Gardner’s Intelligences

Submitted by on April 3, 2013 – 1:29 pmNo Comment

We were inspired by the blog post Using Instagram in an Educational Context, which cites Howard Gardner’s theory of multiple intelligences. In this post, we’ve linked great examples from Instagram and its own blog to help describe these intelligences.

Spatial Intelligence Spatial intelligence is your ability to visualize a space with your mind’s eye to navigate, to view objects at different angles, and to recognize patterns or details. You can interpret the shape, size, and movement of things, and even envision things not immediately visible, like rearranging your living room or climbing a building.

Joe McNally climbing world’s tallest building

Joe McNally Instagrammed his climb of the world’s tallest building (450 feet up), Dubai’s Burj Khalifa.

Linguistic Intelligence

Linguistic intelligence is your ability and ease with language to accomplish a goal. You can use written or spoken language to express yourself rhetorically, remember information, and learn languages; and you’re skilled at reading, writing, and storytelling.

Meteor falling from the sky

Instagrammer Сергей Устюжанин showed unaware locals (and global viewers) the large meteor landing he witnessed in his Russian city of Chelyabinsk.

Logical-Mathematical Intelligence

Logical-mathematical intelligence is your ability to detect patterns, reason deductively, think logically, and understand systems. You can analyze problems logically, carry out math operations, and investigate issues with scientific methods.

Buildings and pyramids

Architect Priya captures alignments, balance, and proportions with Instagram.

Interpersonal Intelligence

Interpersonal intelligence is your ability to understand others’ moods, feelings, temperaments, intentions, and motivations. You can communicate effectively and empathize easily with others, learn and work well in a group, and enjoy discussing with others.

Various images of Branden Harvey standing on mountains

Branden Harvey started the #storyportrait tag, which led to myriad global friendships that helped fund his trip to India.

Intrapersonal Intelligence

Intrapersonal intelligence is your ability to understand yourself, your feelings, your fears, and your motivations. You know your strengths and weaknesses, your uniqueness, and are able able to predict your reactions. You have a working model of yourself and use it to regulate your life.

Blind Shooter Intrapersonal

Blind Instagrammer Tommy Edison relies on his followers to describe and critique his photos to find out what each photo is.

Share Your Experience

How has Instagram benefitted your course? What advice do you have for other educators interested in integrating Instagram into their courses? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.


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