13 Replies Latest reply on Jun 21, 2013 2:09 AM by Rubina Jahangir

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      Now that I am almost out of school for the summer I have been dabbling more and more with Pinterest. I have eaten many a dish where folks have found the recipe on the site but I am very curious about how educators are using it. I just recently saw these posts 25 Ways To Use Pinterest With Bloom’s Taxonomy | TeachBytes and Lisa Nielsen: The Innovative Educator: 5 ways to use Pinterest as a creation tool for learning

      which started me thinking about the potential of this social media resource whether it be for use with students or just teachers collaborating on good ideas. So....How are you using Pinterest? Is Pinterest one of your social media stops when you need fresh ideas? Share some of your boards (or some that you love) that others could follow.

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          Wait ... you're almost done with your school year? I just started our state testing today. (I'm lucky - only four days of science testing!)


          My experience with Pinterest has been with teacher's storing ideas on it. I've found more elementary teachers participating in Pinterest than secondary teachers. I'm not sure that is good - just my observations. Several of my science friends put ideas for science lessons on Pinterest and then review the ideas later.


          I'm of the opinion that Pinterest should be used more collaboratively. That's probably because I enjoy working with other people. I look forward to hearing how our community is using Pinterest in a collaborative mode. I'm always open to new ideas...

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              Hi! I do use Pinterest- daily! I have a "school" board and also a "want" board.   I have used ideas for teaching concepts, building ideas, showing comic/cartoons to students about a specific math topic. I have also found products that can be used during student collaboration that I have plans to purchase. Many teachers in my building are connected via Pinterest and we do use it to share ideas- though there is definitely room for growth. This is a great topic and I look forward to seeing how other educators are using this resource.

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              I confess, I am addicted!  I spend time each day viewing and re-pinning. About once a week I "curate" my boards, weeding and eliminating duplicates.  Admittedly, I have my share of recipe boards and others for crafts and gardening ideas.  However, I also have boards for education and technology.  I have boards for SMART Board lessons, kids book titles, and (my current favorite) info graphics!

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                  I'm imagining a Pinterest group now... "Hi Cathie! It is easy to see from the variety of boards you have pinned that you may be addicted!"


                  In describing your boards, I appreciate hearing your organization descriptions. Are your boards private or would you mind sharing them with the group? I'm sure others may be interested in the education, technology, SMART board lessons, kid book titles, and info graphics.  (I'd also like to see the gardening ideas )

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                    I have to agree with Glen..would love to see some examples. I especially like that you have an infographic board. We just had a webinar on infographics and you can find the resources and archive here Intel Teach Live- April 2013- Students Generating Visualized Data-Infographics . This is a board that was shared in the discussion thread - Infographics

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                    Hello Susan

                      I have to admit, Pinterest is one of my favorite stops when winding down after a long day at work. I have really found (stolen)  some great ideas for the classroom. I am not much into classroom décor but I have to say, many elementary teachers have great set ups in the classroom. I have picked up and shared many ideas just from browsing the different sites.

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                      I love Pinterest.  I am using it to plan with others for Tech Camp.  I made a Secret Board and invited my fellow co-workers.  Now we can all share great ideas for planning.  I also have a rule about Pinterest, especially when it comes to a recipe, more than three major steps don't pin it.

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                          What a great collaborating idea Mitzi! I have been thinking of creating a board for my fav ya books that I have in my library. I will be working on it this summer....thanks for the inspiration! Also...great tip on the recipes!

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                          I just found this infographic on how educators are using Pinterest 16 Ways How Educators Use Pinterest [Infographic] Any thoughts on these ideas?

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                            Rubina Jahangir
                            Pinterest Tips you need to keep in your mind


                            Here are some tips to help better use Pinterest :

                            • Make sure you add the " Pin It" bookmarklet  to your browser  tool bar. Just go to goodies page and drag and drop. There is also a smart extension for Chrome users called Pinterest Right Click which allows users to easily pin any web content by just right clicking on it.
                            • When you create a board say for instance about educational web tools then make sure you write a good description of that board so others could easily recognize what it is about.
                            • When you pin  web content make sure you add your own brief summary of what that content is all about.
                            • Make sure to read Pinterest guidelines and abide by them
                            • Always pin from individual posts and not from homepages
                            • You can tag people in your pins using the sign "@" this will let others know you are quoting or talking about them
                            • Make your board titles clear and specific and organize your pinned content in a neat way so that others might want to follow you
                            Some Suggestions on how Teachers can Use Pinterest :


                            • Pinterest is a great content curation tool for teachers. The ability to pin together images, links, and videos into visually appealing boards makes information sharing way exciting. Teachers can create resource boards for themselves or their students and start sharing with each other.
                            • Teachers can use Pinterest as a brainstorming tool where students can contribute in the pinning together of ideas and resources to create one huge visual
                            • Teachers can have students set up their own boards based on certain classroom projects or assignments
                            • Pinterest can also be used to locate images and videos to include in your lesson.
                            • Make group work visual by inviting students to collaborate and share images for presentations or links to papers, resources, and research
                            • Teachers can also encourage students photo journal on Pinterest
                            • Pinterest provides loods of printable games, and lesson plans for teachers to use in their classroom
                            • Teachers can use Pinterest to find new books to recommend to their students.
                            • Check out Awesome Ways Educators Use Pinterest for more ideas.



                            How to use Pinterest for professional development
                            Here are some ideas to help you use this social networking tool for professional development purposes :


                            • Use the DIY and Crafts category on Pinterest to find inspiration and  new project ideas for your teaching
                            • Create collaborative boards with other teachers and work together on projects or build better lesson plans
                            • Connect with other educators and share ideas and links with them
                            • Use the " like" and commenting system to interact with what your fellow educators pin and to also get engaged in meaningful conversations and talks
                            • Pin you favourite classroom projects or lesson plans and let others provide their suggestions for improvement. This can also generate a healthy and educational discussion
                            • Look for books that other educators recommend and try to read some
                            • There are many pin boards about the use of technology in the classroom, find and follow some of them
                            • Promote your own classroom blog and show others your teaching skills and your students creativity.
                            • Pinterest has loads of educational and teachers blogs that you can search for and read
                            • Stay on top of the latest education trends by checking the recent pins on Pinterest
                            • Search for tutorials on Pinterest to learn how to  take on a project or tackle a new technology or anything else.


                            pinterest in education



                            Some educational Pinners to followFree Teaching ResourcesThis is a pin board I created and where I pin everything that has to do with the use of technology in education. You will find here free web tools, guides and tutorials on how to better integrate technolog into your teaching.
                            Vicki Davis ( cool cat teacher )This is the editor of the famous blog cool cat teacher. It has over 69 boards all with more than 600 pins. Some of her best boards include "Teaching Ideas and App", Collaborative Writing", and " Global Collaboration in Education ".


                            Eric Sheninger
                            This guy is one of my favourite educational writers. He has several boards covering different topics such as: Google chrome extensions, Twitter apps and resources, web2.0 tools for educators and his own personal learning network.
                            Karen Steffenson
                            Karen is a great educator with a huge presence online. She has created boards on " Transforming Education", " Great PD Links ", and boards with resources in the areas of science, the arts, literacy and numeracy.
                            Debbie Fucoloro
                            This is an ICT specialist. She has 23 boards and more than 700 pins. Some of her boards include: " Infographics",  " Education ", " web 2.0 and social media " and many more.
                            Shannon Smith
                            Shannon has a great Pinterest page that includes some awesome boards on educational technology essentials.
                            Shelly Terrel
                            Shelly has one of the resourceful boards on Pinterest. She coveres different topics ranging from digital storytelling to graphic organizers and world cloud tools.


                            Useful Pinterest Tutorials :
                            1- How to start using Pinterest



                            2- How to save Time Using Pinterest

                            3- How to Pin a Quote and Text to Pinterest



                            4- Everything you Need to Know about Pinterest
                            The Ultimate Guide To Pinterest

                            View more presentations from Michael Litman




                            Webliography :


                            37 Ways Teachers Should Use Pinterest
                            4 Ways to Use Pinterest in Education
                            The Ultimate List of Pinterest Tips
                            20 Ways Librarians are Using Pinterest right Now
                            The Best Guides to Figuring out Pinterest
                            Edu-pinning : Pinterest in Education
                            Pinterest for Educators