What is Pinterest?
Pinterest is a visual bookmarking tool that enables you to ‘pin’ images from blogs/websites and collate them so as to make it easier to find later – great for finding and curating classroom resources. With Pinterest, you can upload, save, sort and manage your pins by categorising them (known as ‘boards’).
"Love Pinterest! I have boards for each subject and area of teaching, as well as things for life out of school. A handy storage place for all my ideas!"- Jenna Lucas (@JennaLucas81)
For me, Pinterest has been a life saver - thanks to the plethora of free resources, it has saved me hours of planning time allowing me to concentrate on other aspects of my teaching! Not only that, as with or social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter, the ability to follow the people whose pins interest you makes Pinterest a great tool for connecting with other educators.
Getting started with Pinterest
Want to know more about Pinterest? Here are some useful resources to help you get started:
- http://www.edudemic.com/guides/the-teachers-guide-to-pinterest/ - A teacher’s and student’s guide to Pinterest.
- http://edudemic.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/How-Educators-Use-Pinterest-800.png - Infographic show how to use Pinterest in education.
- http://theholidayhelper.blogspot.co.uk/2013/01/staying-safe-on-pinterest.html - Tips for staying safe when using Pinterest
I also highly recommend checking out Mark Anderson's (@ICTEvangelist) 'Beginner's guide to Pinterest' Crib sheet: http://ictevangelist.com/beginners-guide-to-pinterest-the-crib-sheet/
Introducing the #connectEd Pinterest Challenge:
Challenge 10: Follow a teacher or edu board on Pinterest
Challenge 11: Create and share a board on Pinterest
Challenge 12: Collaborate with another teacher on Pinterest
You may also be interested in:
- https://uk.pinterest.com/teachers/ - A dedicated area for teachers to find and share classroom resources.
- http://www.educatorstechnology.com/2012/11/10-pinterest-boards-every-teacher-must.html – 10 Pinterest boards every teacher should follow.