Pinterest – the new teaching tool?

If you havent encountered Pinterest before then it is a website (and a mobile application) that creates virtual corkboards for you to ‘pin’ images that you have found online. These can then be shared with other people – that you already know or that you don’t yet know.

Many simply use it to ‘pin’ photos from their wish list – the clothes they wished they had; the interior design ideas they wish they could implement or the houses they wish they could afford. But increasingly teachers are discovering the benefits. Edudemic have a couple of great posts to look at The Teachers Quick Guide to Pinterest as well as an infographic to get you thinking of how you can use Pinterest in your classroom. 121072439

Essentially you can use Pinterest as a place to collect and sort images for your lessons – either by subject or specific class groups or year level – whatever suits your situation. You can use it with students – a convenient way of sharing material, allowing each student access to a specific pinboard [or several boards]; they can also use it as a group collaboration tool – each student in the group gathering material for the project they are working on and putting it on Pinterest for all group members to see. Additionally you can use it to learn from other teachers across the world as they also share their images and curriculum ideas.

Here are a few boards to help whet your appetite.

Ginger Christensen is a primary school teacher with over 4000 pins organised into 50 different boards – Art, Maths, Literature, Quotes and much more.

Caitlin is Australian based with over 2700 pins on 79 boards – behaviour management, bullying, classroom decoration, classroom organisation – just for starters!

Tamra Waye from South Australia includes some boards on Australian Curriculum amongst others.

and finally Chantelle Jacobs has a board just detailing Australian Teachers Blogs – that’s just one of her 110 boards.

Of course, you could also check me out on Pinterest – but I am just a beginner.

Having said that I don’t feel I can leave this blog post without issuing a warning – Pinterest can be addictive! You may find your marking time being sucked away into cyber space. My advice? Don’t check it out if you are trying to avoid doing what needs to be done – because it will certainly succeed in doing that!

Please give us your recommendations for Pinterest in the comments below – suggest useful boards for other teachers to visit – and why not give yourself a shameless plug!

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